Pakistan starts vaccination for 17 and above as Covid kills 101 more
The government has commenced vaccination drive for the citizens aged 17 and above from today (September 01) while Pakistan has reported 101 Covid deaths in the past 24 hours.
Earlier, it was announced that the citizens who were 18 or older could register themselves for Covid vaccination.
According to the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), total 1,590,236 people were vaccinated in the past 24 hours, out of which, 519,082 got fully vaccinated while 1,071,154 first doses were administered.
Last week, the federal minister Asad Umar, who heads the NCOC, and Dr. Faisal Sultan, the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on health, announced new plans to combat the growing rate infections in the country.
According to media reports, the government will shortly begin an immunisation campaign for children aged 15 to 16 years.
Meanwhile, the NCOC has confirmed 3,559 new Covid cases with 101 deaths reported in the past 24 hours.
The national data shows 53,637 tests were conducted as the positivity percentage was measured at 6.63%. Moreover, there are total 4,140 new recoveries in the country.
In comparison with yesterday’s statistics, both the number of cases and mortalities were slightly dropped. Pakistan on Tuesday reported 118 deaths and 3,838 cases with 52,112 new tests being conducted in a single day.
Sindh has so far the most affected province with total 432,637 cases reported till this date, followed by Punjab (394,738), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (162,402), the federal capital–Islamabad (99,516), Balochistan (32,248), Azad Kashmir (32,228), and Gilgit-Baltistan (9,919).
The country is currently facing the fourth wave of the coronavirus as it has so far reported 1,163,688 cases and 25,889 deaths since the beginning of pandemic.