Pakistan has reported a total of 2,357 fresh infections in the last 24 hours, and the positivity rate was recorded at 4.89 per cent. Around 48,151 tests were conducted and the active case count in the country has now reached 61,558.

Meanwhile, 58 more people have lost their lives to covid-19, with these new figures the nationwide death toll has reached 27,432, as per latest figures shared by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC).

The total number of coronavirus cases in the country has reached 1,232,595, since the inception of virus in the country, while the recoveries have reached 1,143,605, after 2,688 people recovered from the virus in the last 24 hours.

Among the active cases, 4,561 patients are under critical care.

A breakdown of the cases and deaths is given below.

  • Punjab: 1,002 new cases, 20 deaths
  • Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa: 336 new cases, 19 deaths
  • Balochistan: 16 new cases,
  • Islamabad: 147 cases, 2 deaths
  • AJK: 59 cases, 1 death
  • Gilgit-Baltistan: 13 cases, 1 death

Fake covid-19 vaccine entry made using Nawaz Sharif’s name at NIMS

A fake covid-19 vaccine entry under the name of former Pakistan premier Nawaz Sharif has been made in the National Immunization Management System (NIMS) at the Government Kot Khawaja Saeed Hospital on September 22.

According to the fake entry, the PML-N supremo, who is currently in London, got his first shot of the vaccine at 4:03 pm Wednesday at the hospital.

Taking notice of the incident, the Punjab’s Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department has wrote a letter to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), asking the agency to investigate the matter and take necessary action against the culprits.

“It is hereby requested to kindly investigate and take necessary action against the fake entry on the name of Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in the National Immunization Management System,” read the letter.

Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has also sought a report from the health department concerning the matter, within the next 48 hours. Usman Buzdar has also directed relevant authorities to take legal action against the officials found guilty.

US okays Pfizer Covid booster for the elderly and high-risk

The United States (US) has allowed the usage of Pfizer vaccine booster shots for people aged over 65, or adults at high risk of severe disease as well as those in high-exposure jobs. The announcement has made tens of millions of Americans eligible for a third shot once six months have passed since their second shot.

“Today’s action demonstrates that science and the currently available data continue to guide the FDA’s decision-making for covid-19 vaccines during this pandemic,” said Janet Woodcock, acting head of the Food and Drug Administration.

The decision came after an independent expert panel convened by the regulatory agency last week voted in favour of recommending the move.

England’s top medic says covid-19 transmission highest in children

Chris Witty, the England’s Chief Medical Officer has said that the current covid-19 transmission is being driven by the children, without vaccination almost all 12 to 15-year-olds would get infected at some point.

“There is definitely substantial transmission happening in this age group. In fact, the age group we’re talking about is the one in which the highest rate of transmission is currently occurring, as far as we can tell,” Whitty told lawmakers at a session about the decision to offer covid-19 vaccines to children aged 12-15.

Whitty said that the recommendation focussed purely on the benefit to children aged between 12 and 15, and had not been made for political reasons or for the benefit of more vulnerable adults.


Global case load

Globally, the overall caseload due to coronavirus has crossed 230 million, while the death toll has surpassed 4.72 million, as per data gathered by the Johns Hopkins University (JHU).

As per JHU data, the total case count mounted to 230, 033,785 while the death tally from the virus reached 4,717,918 on Thursday morning.

The US has recorded 42,543,373 cases to date and more than 681,175 people have died so far from the virus in the country, as per the university data.

Brazil has registered 21,283,567 cases. Brazil’s Covid-19 death toll has also risen to 592,316.

India’s covid-19 tally rose to 33,531,498 on Wednesday, as 26,964 new cases were registered in 24 hours across the country, as per the federal health ministry’s data. India also reported 383 new deaths, which took the total death toll to 445,768.

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