Lockdown brings gradual decline in fresh Covid cases

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-Decline trend noted in Covid fatalities, new infections
-Positivity rate of new cases recorded at 9.12%
-3,447 cases with 78 deaths reported across the country
-The number of critical patients stands at 4,903

By Ajmal Khan Yousafzai

ISLAMABAD: After a continuous rise in coronavirus cases, Pakistan has registered a gradual decline in new COVID-related deaths and new infections.
According to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) data, 3,447 new infections emerged when 37,756 samples were tested during the same period. The positivity rate of new cases was recorded at 9.12%, the NCOC said.
The countrywide tally of confirmed cases climbed to 861,473 with the addition of 3,447 new cases. Thus far, 753,712 patients have recuperated from the disease. The number of Covid-19 patients in critical care across the country stands at 4,903. A total of 1,256,823 tests have been conducted so far in Pakistan since the outbreak of the pandemic.
On Sunday, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr Faisal Sultan said that the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine will also be administered to people above 40 years of age in line with practices in many countries.
Taking to Twitter, the SAPM had welcomed the cooperation of the COVAX facility and all global partners including WHO, UNICEF and others for the provision of 1.2mn vaccine doses to Pakistan under the COVAX program.
Moreover, Punjab witnessed a significant drop in new cases of Covid-19 after the government imposed a set of restrictions to contain the third wave of the virus. According to the Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department, a total of 1,393 new infections were reported across the province over the last 24 hours.
Whereas, 26 people succumbed to the disease. Of the total 1,393 cases, Lahore reported 501 infections while five people died from the coronavirus in the city. According to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) data, 3,447 new infections emerged across Pakistan when 37,756 samples were tested during the same period. The positivity rate of new cases was recorded at 9.12%, the NCOC said.
The countrywide tally of confirmed cases climbed to 861,473 with the addition of 3,447 new cases. Thus far, 753,712 patients have recuperated from the disease.