Pakistan records 2,607 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours

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A student receives the Convidecia COVID-19 vaccine from a health worker at a vaccination center setup in Jamia Naeemia, an Islamic University in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, July 12, 2021.
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Islamabad: Pakistan is showing no sign of let-up in COVID-19 cases and on Sunday the country reported 2,607 new cases of coronavirus in period of 24 hours.

As per statistics issued by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) 48,816 people were tested for the infection on Saturday out of whom 2,603 turned out to be positive.

Pakistan’s positivity ratio has climbed to 5.34 per cent, it further said.

The number of active cases is also on the rise and on Sunday the NCOC reported 47,531 positive cases in the country.

Pakistan also reported 21 deaths from the infection over the last 24 hours.

After the new additions, the total number of coronavirus cases in Pakistan since the pandemic began has risen to 989,275, while the death toll in the country reached 22,781.

“Islamabad records 8pc positivity”

According to Deputy Commissioner of Islamabad Hamza Shafqaat, COVID-19 positivity in Islamabad is showing alarming trends and in the last 24 hours more than 400 business houses were inspected and action was taken over violations of COVID-19.

The DC further noted in his tweet that during the last two weeks COVID-19 positivity in Islamabad has jumped from 1 per cent to 8 per cent.

“Around 40 per cent cases are suffering from delta variant. Admission in hospitals has increased from 100 to 159 which is not as high bcz of high vaccination rate in Islamabad,” he said in his tweet.

Second dose allowed to those who have not yet received text message

Earlier, the Pakistan government decided to administer a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine to those who have not yet received text message for the same.

A large number of people intending to get the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine were being sent back from vaccination centres because they failed to show the SMS that their second dose was due.

However, NCOC has now decided no one would be sent back.

Pakistan received 1.23 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine which was the four¬th consignment sent by the int¬ernational alliance COVAX.

The NCOC was receiving complaints that a large number of people went to vaccination centres as soon as their second doses became due, but were sent back by the staff saying that they should visit after they got the message from the helpline, said a spokesperson of the NCOC.

No vaccination on first day of Eid

Keeping in view over 500,000 people are being vaccinated on a daily basis, the NCOC has decided that vaccination centres would remain closed on only the first day of Eid Al Adha (Wednesday).

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