Pakistan has recorded 63 fresh death due to the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours taking the national death tally to 9922.
According to the national COVID-19 portal, 1,776 new infections were reported during the last 24 hours.
1,602 patients have recovered from the virus in a day and 2,259 patients are in critical condition.
According to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), with fresh inclusion of the infections in the country the national tally of cases now currently stands at 475,085.
A total of 30,666 tests were conducted across the country during this period. Overall 425,494 people have recovered from the deadly disease so far while 6,619,983 people have been tested thus so far.
Pakistan is in contact with six international COVID-19 vaccine producing companies, said sources within the health ministry.
CAA extends flight ban
The Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan extended the temporary travel restrictions it imposed on the UK flights earlier last week in view of second novel coronavirus wave amplified by a newly detected Covid strain found hastily transmissible across Britain.
The national aviation authority, that enforced the restrictions initially for a week until Dec 29, has now extended them for another week ending January 4, 2021.
The previous week, cabinet’s aviation division had imposed travel restrictions on UK to Pakistan flights due to a newly detected variant of COVID which the UK authorities confirmed was 70 per cent more transmissible than the original viral.
As per new CAA advisory on inbound travel from UK, any Pakistan passport holder with Business visa, visitor visa or Transit visa can board Pakistani-bound UK flight on a condition they test COVID negative in a PCR test conducted 72 hours prior to flight.
World Coronavirus Situation
The number of Coronavirus cases across the world has reached 81,673,086 while the pandemic has claimed 1,781,539 lives so far. As many as 57,799,127 patients have recovered from the disease across the world.