Covid-19 roundup: Positivity rate in Pakistan drops below 5pc, active cases at 77,532

Pakistan has reported a total of 2,714 fresh cases in the last 24 hours, and the positivity rate was recorded at 4.78 per cent. Around 56,733 tests were conducted and the active cases in the country have dropped to 77,532.

Meanwhile, 73 more people died in the country during the said time period, taking the nationwide death toll to 26,938, as per latest figures shared by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC).

Patients on critical care in Pakistan are 5122.

The total caseload of the country has now reached 1,212,809. While the total recoveries crossed the 1.1 million mark after 10,923 people recovered from the virus in the last 24 hours. As of now, some 1,108,339 patients have recovered.

A breakdown of the cases and deaths is given below.

  • Punjab: 1,247 new cases, 32 deaths
  • Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa: 389 new cases, 20 deaths
  • Balochistan: 40 new cases,
  • Islamabad: 168 cases, 3 deaths
  • AJK: 58 cases, 3 deaths
  • Gilgit-Baltistan: 30 cases

Sindh allows business activities till 10pm

The Sindh government has allowed markets, shops and other businesses to continue their operations till 10pm every day, after the province recorded a decline in cases.

As per a notification issued by the Sindh Home Department, markets will be allowed to operate for six days a week, while they will remain close on Sundays.

Meanwhile, pharmacies, medical facilities, grocery stores and other essential services have been allowed to remain open round the clock, seven days a week.

Indoor dining will be allowed till 11:59 pm with 50 per cent occupancy for vaccinated people only.

Public transport will be allowed on sanctioned routes with up to 50 per cent seating capacity, while Railway services will continue to operate with 70 per cent occupancy under strict adherence to covid-19 SOPs.

KP bans entry of unvaccinated people to CM house, secretariat

The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government has banned the entry of citizens to the CM House and the secretariat who have not received their covid-19 vaccine. A notification was also issued by the provincial government in this regard.

The notification said that all citizens not vaccinated will not be allowed entry in the premises of the CM House, or CM Secretariat.

Earlier, the NCOC head Asad Umar had announced that the government will increase restrictions for unvaccinated people in the country.

Pakistan receives another batch of 3.5m Pfizer vaccine doses from US

Pakistan has received another batch of 3.5 million coronavirus Pfizer vaccine jabs from the United States, the US Embassy in Islamabad said Wednesday.

The US Embassy in Islamabad wrote on twitter that with the new supply, the total number of “corona vaccine doses donated by the United States to Pakistan to 15.7 million”.

Earlier, the US donated 6.6 million doses of Pfizer vaccine to Pakistan.

890,980 people vaccinated in Pakistan on September 14

Government hospital worker found charging PKR200 to administer vaccine

The authorities in Faisalabad have arrested a gang which was charging PKR200 from citizens for administering covid-19 vaccine jab in Awan Wala, ARY News reported.

The news came into light from the local health department after a team led by deputy district health officer (DHO) Dr Ahmed Khan raided a vaccination camp established at a rural locality.

The raid was made after citizens complained that they have paid money for getting vaccination from the camp.

US vaccines are protective against delta variant

Covid-19 vaccine being used by the United States are effective against Delta variant, as they prevent hospitalizations and urgent or emergency care visits. Moderna shots are most effective, according to national data collected in June, July and August as Delta became predominant.

Researchers with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tracked around 33,000 urgent care or emergency department visits and hospital admissions of adults with covid-19-like illnesses.

The researchers found that compared to people who were fully vaccinated, unvaccinated individuals were five- to seven-times more likely to test positive for the coronavirus.

“Vaccine efficacy against urgent care or emergency department visits was highest among Moderna vaccine recipients (92%), followed by Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine recipients (77%), and was lowest (65%) for Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine recipients,” the researchers reported on Friday in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Global case load

Globally, the coronavirus caseload has crossed 225.7 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 4.64 million and vaccinations soared to over 5.74 billion, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

As per latest data gathered by the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE), the current global caseload, death toll and vaccination tally stood at 225,763,017, 4,647,792 and 5,747,547,990, respectively.

The US continues to be the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 41,360,450 and 663,923, respectively, according to the CSSE.

In terms of infections, India follows in the second place with 33,289,579 cases, while in terms of deaths, Brazil comes second with 587,797 fatalities.

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