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A government employee receives the COVID-19 vaccine from a health worker while others wait their turn at a vaccination centre in the Nishtar hall, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Friday, June 11, 2021. Image Credit: AP

Islamabad: The Punjab government has in principle decided to block the mobile phone SIM cards of those who refuse to get vaccinated.

The measure is one of several proposed by the provincial and federal governments to ensure maximum number of vaccinations across the country.

The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid. It was decided that a recommendation would be sent to the Chief Minister and Governor for necessary action on the proposal.

The meeting also decided to set up mobile vaccination camps outside shrines in the province so that pilgrims and visitors could be vaccinated there.

The provincial government has also decided to allow resumption of businesses in all districts where at least 20 per cent of the population has been vaccinated.

310,236 jabs in 24 hours

Pakistan reported on Friday that 10.496 million vaccine doses were administered across the country so far, 310,236 during the last 24 hours.

According to the National Command & Operation Centre (NCOC), vaccination drive is in full swing across the country and the earlier weekly off day (Friday) has been replaced with Sunday.

Now people can receive vaccine jabs on Friday from any of the vaccination centres after getting registered with National Database And Registration Authority (NADRA).

Less than 5 per cent positivity rate on consecutive 17th day

The NCOC website reveals that COVID-19 positivity rate remained less than 5 per cent on the 17th consecutive day.

According to the NCOC, 47 deaths and 1,303 confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported after 40,483 tests during the last 24 hours while COVID-19 positivity rate remained 3.21 per cent on Friday.

The number of active cases has also dropped in the last 24 hours from 44,236 to 43,618, it further revealed.

PIA offers 10 per cent discount for vaccinated passengers above 50

Pakistan’s national flag carrier, Pakistan International Airline (PIA) Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has announced 10 per cent discount on fares for vaccinated passengers above 50 years of age.

According to the PIA, passengers aged 50 and above could get a 10 per cent discount on fares in domestic flights by showing the Corona Vaccine Certificate. The offer came into effect from Thursday.

PIA CEO Arshad Malik said that PIA was working for the promotion of vaccination in collaboration with the federal government and the step was one of several decisions taken by the government to control the spread of COVID-19 and speed up the vaccination process, including opening walk-in vaccination for all adults from June 12.