With the decline in the daily positive cases around the country the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) has allowed schools to start conducting normal classes from October 11.

The NCOC head, Asad Umar said in a tweet, “Based on the reduced level of disease spread and the launch of the school vaccination program, it has been decided in today’s NCOC meeting to allow all educational institutions to start normal classes from Monday the October 11”.

The educational institutions are currently operating on a 50 per cent capacity across the country. The institutions were reopened following closures due to the fourth wave of covid-19.

Meanwhile, the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health, Dr Faisal Sultan has announced that students will not allowed to attend classes from October 31 unless they are partially vaccinated.

Additionally, students will be required to receive both doses of their covid-19 vaccines by November 30 to be eligible for attending their classes.

Meanwhile, the SAPM also emphasized the need to vaccinate children, saying that during the fourth wave the virus as mostly spread by youth.

“You must have seen that cases increased whenever schools were opened. In this situation, it is very important that we give special attention to vaccinating children in schools. It has been seen worldwide as well that as long as a complete segment of society is not vaccinated, the spread of the disease is not fully stopped,” he said.

Pakistan’s covid-19 positivity rate under 2 per cent

Pakistan has reported a total of 912 fresh infections of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, while the positivity rate was recorded at 1.99 per cent. It was first time in more than 3 months that the country has reported less than 1,000 daily cases.

Around 45,619 tests were conducted and the active cases count has now reached 43,648. Among these active cases, 2,763 patients are in critical condition.

Meanwhile, 26 more people lost their lives to the virus during the said time period, taking the nationwide death toll to 28,058, as per latest figures shared by the NCOC.

The total number of cases in Pakistan since the inception of virus has reached 1,256,233. In addition to this, 1,633 patients have recovered from covid-19 in the last 24 hours across the country, bringing the total number of recoveries to 1,184,527.

The breakdown of cases and deaths during the last 24 hours is given below.

  • Punjab: 393 cases, 13 deaths
  • Sindh: 286 cases, 3 deaths
  • Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa: 146 cases, 10 deaths
  • Islamabad: 53 cases
  • Azad Jammu and Kashmir: 17 cases
  • Balochistan: 14 cases
  • Gilgit-Baltistan: 3 cases

Pfizer, BioNTech seek US vaccine clearance for children 5-11

Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE have asked U.S. regulators to allow emergency use of their coronavirus vaccine for children aged 5 to 11, a group for whom no shot is currently allowed, Pfizer said on Thursday.

October 26 has been finalized by the US Food and Drug Administration for its panel of outside advisers to meet and discuss the application.

“With new cases in children in the U.S. continuing to be at a high level, this submission is an important step in our ongoing effort against #COVID19,” Pfizer wrote on Twitter.

The company had earlier won US emergency use authorization in teens aged 12 to 15 and is fully approved by regulators for people ages 16 and up.

 

Global case load

Globally, the coronavirus caseload has crossed 236.8million on Friday, while the death toll rose above 4.83 million, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University.

As per data gathered by the university, the worst-hit country in the world is the US with a total of 44.2 million cases and 710,180 deaths.

At the second spot in terms of cases is India with 33.9 million cases and has suffered 450,127 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 599,810 and 21.5 million cases. In Europe, Russia has most fatalities at 210,673, followed by the U.K. at 137,818.


From : pk.mashable.com

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