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A general view of the Khaliq Dina Hall and Library building, which has been converted to be used as a vaccination centre, for administering coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine, in Karachi, Pakistan January 27, 2021. Image Credit: Reuters

Islamabad: The increase in number of COVID-19 cases in Lahore has prompted the district government to enforce micro-smart lockdown in various parts of the city.

According to the Punjab Primary & Secondary Healthcare Department (P&SHD) 395 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Lahore compared to 45 in Faisalabad, 44 in Okara, 32 in Rahim Yar Khan and 26 in Rawalpindi.

In view of increasing cases of coronavirus, the district administration has decided to impose micro-smart lockdowns in 16 areas.

The district administration has sent a notification to the health department and city police to remain alert.

From registration to vaccination

The National Command & Operation Centre (NCOC) in a statement on Wednesday outlined the country’s vaccination strategy against COVID-19, which is an eight-step process from registration to vaccination once the vaccines are available.

The strategy was finalised after consultation with all provinces and relevant stakeholders and was in accordance with established international health guidelines, the NCOC said in its statement.

“The purpose of the strategy is to vaccinate people in a healthy environment and in accordance with health guidelines through a concrete plan,” it further said.

According to the guidelines, online portal — National Immunisation Management System (NIMS) — has been created which will be operated by the NCOC.

Human interaction within the portal will be minimised to keep the system transparent, it added.

In addition to NIMS, a number of Adult Vaccine Centres (AVC) have been established across the country which will be run by the National Vaccination and Administration Control Cell (NVACC). Besides, coordination cells have also been established at provincial and district levels, the statement said.

74 deaths, 1,563 new cases

Pakistan’s total COVID-19 cases jumped to 537,477 on Wednesday with 1,563 new cases in the last 24 hours while 74 deaths in one day took the toll due to COVID-19 to 11,450.

According to the National Health Ministry’s portal, 2,081 patients recovered from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours that made the countrywide number of recoveries 492,207. Still, there are 33,820 active cases of COVID-19 in the country while the recovery ratio is 91.6%, according to the statistics.