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Residents with their registration cards gather at a counter to receive a dose of vaccine at a vaccination centre in Karachi, on June 9, 2021.. Image Credit: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan government on Wednesday achieved a milestone of 10 million doses administered in the country, reiterating its resolve to vaccinate 70 million people by the end of the current year.

A simple ceremony was held at the National Command & Operation Centre (NCOC) to mark the administration of 10 millionth dose to a frontline health worker.

Although it was the 10 millionth dose, yet in total 7 million people have been vaccinated in the country, said the Federal Minister for Planning & Development Asad Umar who along with Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry witnessed administering of the jab.

This is quite reassuring as more and more people are being vaccinated, said the minister, adding on a daily basis, around 300,000 people were registering themselves for vaccination.

Pakistan’s COVID-19 Positivity below 3 per cent

Pakistan’s coronavirus positivity rate was 2.54 per cent in the past 24 hours — the second day in a row that the positivity rate remained below 3 per cent. A day earlier, it was 2.90 per cent.

According to the health ministry’s portal, 43,900 tests were conducted during the last 24 hours after which 1,118 people tested positive while 77 fatalities were reported during the same period.

The number of active cases has also dropped from 46,190 on Tuesday to 44,987 in the country. However, according to Asad Umar the threat is not completely over as still 3,000 persons are on oxygen support.

Islamabad, Punjab record less than 2 per cent positivity

Islamabad on Wednesday reported 1.49 per cent COVID-19 positivity rate while in Lahore, also, positivity rate remained 1.30 per cent.

According to the District health department of the capital, a total 4,370 tests were conducted in the last twenty-four hours after which 65 persons were found infected with COVID-19.

In Punjab, 18,948 tests were conducted during the last twenty-four hours resulting in 307 cases of coronavirus that showed the province’s overall positivity rate was 1.9 per cent.

KP makes vaccination must for government staff

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government has made vaccination mandatory for all the provincial government’s employees, setting deadlines of June 30 (for 21 departments) and July 15 (for 11 departments) for this purpose.

According to a circular issued by the provincial government on Wednesday, the employees of the respective departments would not be allowed to enter their offices or mark their attendance if they failed to produce their vaccination certificates by the due dates.