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In this Tuesday, July 6, 2021 file photo, a health worker prepares a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, in Lahore, Pakistan. Image Credit: AP

Islamabad: Pakistan’s daily tally of recoveries from COVID-19 continues to outnumber new cases.

On Sunday, the country reported 3,164 people recovered from the coronavirus in the last 24 hours compared to 2,580 positive cases reported in the same period.

According to the National Command & Operation Centre (NCOC) Pakistan’s total recoveries from the virus (1.132 million) were only 100,000 behind the total number of infections (1.223 million) and the gap was fast closing with above 92.5 per cent recovery rate.

The NCOC data reveals that after 71 casualties in the last 24 hours, the country’s toll due to COVID-19 climbed to 27,206 while the coronavirus positivity rate after 55,027 tests in the last 24 hours remained at 4.64 per cent.

Less than 5% positivity

Sunday was the second consecutive day with less than 5 per cent positivity rate. A day earlier (Saturday) it was 4.4 per cent.

Similarly, the active cases of COVID-19 also declined from 64,564 on Saturday to 63,909 on Sunday.

According to the NCOC decision, since Sunday has been reserved for the partially-vaccinated people and those whose second dose was due, September 19 too was also reserved for facilitating them in getting their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

The number of daily infections has also fallen by 50 per cent in the last one month.

PM’s aide on accountability tests positive

Adviser to the Prime Minister on Interior & Accountability and member of the PTI core committee Mirza Shahzad Akbar has tested positive for COVID-19.

The PM’s aide announced it on Twitter stating: “I have tested covid positive and have isolated myself at home. Plz follow COVID SOPs and stay safe.”

Asad Umar welcomes UK government’s ‘right decision’

Minister for Planning, Development & Special Initiative Asad Umar who is also Chairman of the NCOC in a tweet welcomed the British government’s decision to remove Pakistan from the red list.

While responding to the UK High Commissioner Dr Christian Turner’s tweet, Asad Umar in a post said the UK government had made a right decision.

“Good to know finally the right decision taken to take Pakistan off red list. UK high commission in Pak has been supportive throughout. Support for conveying facts about the covid situation in Pakistan by UK parliamentarians is also highly appreciated,” the minister commented in his tweet.