A woman receives the first dose of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine, as the government started vaccination for the general public, starting with elderly people, at a vaccination center in Karachi, Pakistan March 10, 2021.
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Islamabad: After a lull of one-day registering 58 deaths, Pakistan’s death toll has risen once again to a record high - 118 in the last 24 hours.

Earlier on April 11, Pakistan had reported record 114 deaths in a day.

The number of COVID-19 cases reported on Tuesday in the last 24 hours stood at 4,318.

According to the National Command & Operation Centre (NCOC) some 50,520 tests were conducted for conronavirus over the past day that revealed coronavirus positivity rate at 8.5 per cent.

The number of active cases in the country also jumped from 75,266 to 76,034 during this period raising concerns of the authorities particularly in Punjab where the positivity rate remained 10 per cent.

Pakistan’s total number of cases and deaths were 729,920 and 15,619 respectively on Tuesday.

Germany to provide 15 million vaccines to Pakistan

Pakistan will receive 15 million additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine under the Covax scheme by May this year.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi who recently concluded a two-day visit of the country announced this on his twitter account after a meeting with his German counterpart Heiko Maas.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the 15 million doses would arrive under the Covax facility that aims at ensuring equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.

“Following my meeting with Foreign Minister @HeikoMaas, I am happy to announce that Pakistan will receive 15 million doses of the #COVID vaccine under COVAX, with a commitment for these to be delivered by May,” the foreign minister tweeted.

1.3 million Pakistanis vaccinated

Minister of Planning, Development & Special Initiative Asad Umar on Tuesday announced the UK coronavirus variant was the main cause of the recent surge in coronavirus cases in the entire region.

He called strict implementation of SOPs and following on those SOPs can only curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Talking to media persons in the federal capital, the minister said as soon as Pakistan receives vaccines as per the commitments, the inoculation drive will begin for all the Pakistanis after Eid-ul-Fitr.

He revealed that over 1.3 million people have been vaccinated so far against COVID-19 across the country. Daily, we are administering 60,000 to 70,000 vaccines daily, he said.

The government is making efforts to enhance the number from 150,000 to 200,000 after Eid. By Monday night, we had 900,000 vaccines available to be used.