NCOC extends COVID-19 curbs in 24 affected districts till September 15
Islamabad: Federal Minister Asad Umar on Friday announced Pakistan was close to achieving its target of vaccinating 7 crore (70 million) eligible population of the country by the end of the current month.
Asad Umar, who is also Chairman of the National Command & Operation Centre (NCOC), in his tweet also said 5 crore or 50 million have received at least one shot of vaccine by Friday, September 10.
He said; “In the early days of the vaccination campaign, we had set a daunting target of vaccinating 7 crore people by the end of this year. Happy to report that 5 crore people have now recieved atleast 1 dose. More than 2 crore fully vaccinated. Inshallah will meet & surpass the target.”
In a related move, the NCOC has extended COVID-19 curbs in 24 affected towns and cities of Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) for three more days i.e. till September 15.
Under the restrictions, all educational institutions will remain closed and inter-city transport will remain off the road in these select districts.
According to a notification issued by the NCOC on Friday, the decision would be reviewed on September 15.
Restrictions will also be maintained on all indoor and outdoor functions and indoor gyms.
Cities and towns affected by the extension of restrictions include Haripur, Malakand, Mansehra, Swabi, Dera Ismail Khan, Swat, Abbottabad and Peshawar in kP and Sargodha, Khushab, Mianwali, Rahim Yar Khan, Khanewal, Bhakkar, Gujrat, Gujranwala, Multan, Bahawalpur, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Sialkot, Sheikhupura and Faisalabad in Punjab and Islamabad.
According to the NCOC data, 951,140 vaccines were administered across Pakistan in last 24 hours while the total number of vaccine administered by the same date was 65,505,999 (65.505 million).
Following coronavirus curbs in high risk districts of Punjab and KP, Pakistan’s COVID-19 positivity declined steadily and on Friday, it was recorded 6.03 per cent.
According to the official website of the Ministry of National Health Services (NHS), against 61,128 tests conducted during last twenty-four hors, Pakistan reported 3,689 new cases of COVID-19.
With 83 deaths in last 24 hours, the country’s death toll stands at 26,128, the official portal further says.
There are 91,440 active cases in the country while 3,755 persons recovered from the virus in last twenty-four hours, the official data further reveals.
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