Islamabad: Pakistan on Thursday reported 46 deaths and 1,119 new cases of COVID-19 after 37,196 tests in the last 24 hours.
According to the National Command & Operation Centre (NCOC), the country’s positivity rate was 3 per cent on Thursday.
Since May 25, it has remained around 3 per cent giving a boost to the government’s fight against COVID-19, it further reported.
22 mobile vaccination units set up on Islamabad
According to the District Health Department of Islamabad, the decline in the coronavirus cases in Islamabad is due to the widespread vaccine drive that is now being administered even through mobile vaccination units.
Besides the vaccination centres set up at hospitals, shopping centres and various other corporate premises, we have also launched 22 mobile vaccination units which are administering vaccines to the residents, said Dr Zaeem Zia while talking to Gulf News on Thursday.
On Thursday, three new mobile vaccination units were set up at the Establishment Division, the Police Line Islamabad H-11 and at a private company’s offices in Islamabad’s H-13 sector.
The people’s overwhelming response to the vaccination is quite reassuring, said Dr Zaeem adding it also contributed to decline of COVID-19 positivity to around 1 per cent in Islamabad.
Mobile camps have also been set up at the Accountant General of Pakistan Revenue (AGPR) office, IT Park I-9 Sector and other easily accessible places, he said.
The Federal Capital recorded 1.04 per cent COVID-19 positivity rate on Thursday as 46 persons tested positive after 4,419 tests in the last twenty hours.
“Vaccination drive affected after vaccine supply disrupted in various cities”
Coronavirus vaccination at several centres in different districts of Punjab, Sindh and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) remained affected on Thursday due to shortage or insufficient distribution of the vaccines.
At Punjab’s 677 inoculation centres vaccine supply remained affected and a large number of people had to return without vaccination.
In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa too, Provincial Secretary for Health has warned of an impending crisis due to vaccine shortage in the province.
A day earlier Prime Minister’s top aide on Health Dr Faisal Sultan claimed there was sufficient quantity in the country and in order to make the drive smooth and uninterrupted the federal government was also buying doses of Sinopharm (23 million), Sinovac (2.5 million) and CanSino (2 million) to meet the demand of provinces.
The vaccine situation, he had said, would improve after June 20 when more doses would arrive from abroad. Dr Sultan said that so far 20 million citizens had been vaccinated.
Sindh police reports 15 more infected
Some 15 more personnel of the Sindh Police have tested positive for COVID-19 taking the total number of cases to 6,516, according to a police statement issued on Thursday.
The Sindh Police spokesperson said that as many as 26 officers had lost their lives to the virus, while 32 cops were currently under treatment.
He informed that 6,458 policemen had recovered from COVID-19 so far.
The spokesperson added that the officers who had contracted the virus were undergoing treatment were being properly taken care of.