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A man receives a dose of vaccine in Karachi. For the first time active cases have been reported less than 70,000 since July 31 this year. Image Credit: Reuters

Islamabad: Pakistan continues to make progress in battle against COVID-19 as Friday turned out to be the third consecutive day with less than 6 per cent positivity rate.

According to the Ministry of the National Health Services’ (NHS) coronavirus dashboard, the country’s positivity rate remained 5.08 per cent on Friday, reveals the NHS ministry’s data.

A day earlier COVID-19 positivity rate was 5.30 per cent while on Wednesday it was 4.78 per cent.

Meanwhile, 2,928 perons were diagnosed with COVID-19 against 57,626 tests conducted during the past twenty-four hours.

There were 65,725 active cases of COVID-19, again a significant decline from 76,581 a day earlier.

This is for the first time that active cases have been reported less than 70,000 since July 31 this year.

The country’s toll due to COVID-19 jumped to 27,072 on Friday with 68 casualties in the last twenty-four hours.

Not only Pakistan’s COVID-19 positivity rate and the active cases have declined significantly, Pakistan’s recoveries from the deadly virus also have also shown marked improvement.

On Friday, Pakistan reported 13,716 persons were recovered from COVID-19 in 24 hours which is a record number of recoveries. On September 15, Pakistan had reported 10,928 recoveries in one day.

Pakistan reported no case of polio in the past seven months which has never happened before.

Special Assistant on National Health Services Dr Faisal Sultan while addressing an event in Islamabad, Friday, said it was a milestone reached and the government would make sure battle against polio virus is won with participation of all stakeholders.

Our future campaigns will focus on high risk areas in order to completely rid the country of this disease, said he.

The Special Assistant clarified that polio drops were completely safe and appealed to the parents to get their children administered anti polio drops and pay little heed to propaganda.

Dr Faisal Sultan was appreciative of the international organizations including Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for extending cooperation to Pakistan in anti-polio campaigns.