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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 on Monday reported nine deaths caused by COVID-19 during the last 24 hours. This is the first time in the current year that the country’s daily death toll recorded less than 10.

The last time Pakistan reported 10 daily deaths was on November 8, 2020.

According to the National Command & Operation Centre (NCOC), of the nine casualties, five were reported from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), three in Sindh and one in Punjab.

Pakistan’s COVID-19 positivity rate on Monday was 1.65 per cent as the country reported 698 cases of COVID-19 after 42,095 tests conducted during the last 24 hours.

The NCOC data reveals that 666 people recovered from the deadly virus and the country’s recovery rate was still 95.9 per cent. There are currently 23,940 active cases of COVID-19 while the country’s toll due to COVID-19 has reached 23,940 after nine casualties.

Punjab’s campaign to vaccinate 1 million kicks off

The Punjab government on Monday launched a special vaccination drive targeting 1 million citizens every day. The mega drive will continue until Nov 12 and according to Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar, 18,000 teams of the health department will take part in the vaccination drive.

In a message on social media, the Punjab Chief Minister called upon the people of the province to step forward and be a part of the vaccination drive which is entitled Reach Every Door (RED).

According to the Punjab Primary & Secondary Health Department (PSHD) 14,000 new vaccination centres will be established across the province along with mobile teams that will visit every neighbourhood and village to socially mobilise and convince the public to get vaccinated.