Pakistan’s COVID-19 Fatalities reached 7,021 amid the Country’s hard battle against the Second wave of the Pandemic, Country’s Health Ministry said on Wednesday.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has risen to 348,184 in Pakistan, with 1,708 new cases and 21 deaths being reported in the last 24 hours, the Ministry said. Overall, there are 21,098 active cases in Pakistan and 320,065 people have recovered, which is 91.9 percent of the total confirmed cases.

Pakistan has resorted to “smart lockdowns” of the COVID-19 hotspots in order to curb the rapid spread of the second wave of the disease.

Addressing a video conference on COVID-19 response on Tuesday, Pakistani Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood said that Pakistan has been “resolutely and successfully” confronting COVID-19 and taking all possible measures to strengthen the existing health system, according to a statement issued by the country’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday.

Mahmood said Pakistan has taken various public health, economic and poverty alleviation measures to effectively contain the pandemic, adding that Pakistan’s economy has shown signs of recovery and resilience with several key economic indicators being very promising.

The Statement said the Foreign Secretary hoped that in the Post-COVID-19 Scenario, Belt & Road Initiative and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor would become the hub of Trade and Economic activity for the Region.