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A resident receives a vaccine against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a drive-through vaccination facility in Karachi, Pakistan July 29, 2021. Image Credit: Reuters

Islamabad: Pakistan on Sunday recorded 1,440 recoveries from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours while the country’s single-day infections stood at 720.

According to the National Command & Operation Centre (NCOC), the recovery rate is almost twice the infections which are likely to decline further in the coming days. This is due to the accelerated vaccination drive as well as people’s compliance with the coronavirus Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and the health guidelines, claim the health officials.

Over 93 million partially vaccinated

According to the NCOC, so far 93.551 million people have been partially vaccinated in Pakistan while in the last one day, more than 1 million were administered jabs. The number of those fully vaccinated has exceeded 34 million, the NCOC data further reveals.

The government has set a target of 70 million fully vaccinated people by the end of the current year. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in order to increase awareness about how vaccinations saved lives has also launched #StopTheSpread.

An amount of $20 million (Dh73.462 million) from The Coca-Cola Foundation (TCCF) will be utilised to work with the non-profit organizations in order to res¬pond to the virus and its variants.

The programme aims to reach out to around 20 million Pakistanis in about a year through its various interventions.

95.7% recovery rate from COVID-19

According to the Ministry of the National Health Services, Pakistan’s recovery rate remained 95.7 per cent. On Friday, more than 13,000 patients recovered from COVID-19 in a period of 24 hours.

The country’s toll due to COVID-19 has jumped to 28,269 after 17 people lost their lives in the last 24 hours. Against 52,589 tests conducted for COVID-19 in the same period, 893 returned positive, that shows a 1.69 per cent positivity rate, the NCOC official twitter account reveals.

Dengue cases surge in KP, Punjab and Islamabad

The ongoing success against COVID-19 is blemished by the rising cases of dengue, particularly in Islamabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Punjab.

Islamabad on Sunday reported 147 cases of dengue reported during the last 24 hours. According to the DHO, Dr Zaeem Zia, the total number of dengue patients in the city has reached 1,948. Islamabad’s neighbouring city Rawalpindi also reported 64 cases of dengue virus in the last one day.

In Punjab, dengue virus is playing havoc and according to the Punjab Primary & Secondary Health Department (P&SHD) 459 new cases of dengue — 320 in Lahore — were reported in the last 24 hours. So far, 19 people have reportedly lost their lives to the mosquito-borne disease. The province’s tally of dengue cases reached 6,727 since the outbreak of the virus earlier this year.

In KP too, 142 new cases of dengue fever were reported and according to the Dengue Response Unit established at the health department.

The province’s tally of dengue cases has reached 3,938 while so far five persons have died of the virus.