The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has declared it compulsory for all ulemas and naat reciters to get covid-19 vaccination if they want to continue taking part in Milad gatherings and Seerat conferences, Dawn reported.

As per reports, the NCOC has also directed the concerned authorities to ensure thermal screening of all visitors at entrances of mosques, religious gatherings and other places of worship.

The NCOC also reportedly suggested the authorities to allow only “licensed/traditional” processions.

Pakistan reports 1,004 new cases

Pakistan has reported a total of 1,004 fresh covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, and the positivity rate was recorded at 2.31 per cent. Around 43,389 tests were conducted and the active case count has now dropped to 42,263.

Among these active cases, 2,473 patients are in critical condition.

Meanwhile, 28 new deaths were also reported during the said time period, taking the nationwide death toll to 28,134, as per latest figures shared by the NCOC.

The nationwide tally of confirmed cases has reached 1,258,959, meanwhile, overall 1,188,562 people have regained their health from the virus.

The breakdown of cases and deaths id given below.

  • Punjab: 315 new cases, 5 deaths.
  • Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa: 239 new cases, 9 deaths
  • Balochistan: 4 new cases,
  • Islamabad: 40 cases, 1 death
  • AJK: 11 cases
  • Gilgit-Baltistan: 2 cases

Schools resume normal classes

The schools across the country have resumed normal classes from Monday, after NCOC allowed vaccination for people aged up to 12 years.

The decision was taken by the NCOC after decline of the coronavirus cases across the country.

The educational institutions were earlier operating at 50 per cent capacity after they reopened following intermittent closures due to the prevalence of covid-19.

AstraZeneca drug cocktail succeeds in late stage study to treat covid-19

The experimental coronavirus antibody drug cocktail by AstraZeneca has successfully managed to reduce severe disease or death in non-hospitalised patients in a late-stage study, the British drug maker said.

The drug, called AZD7442, reduced the risk of developing severe Covid-19 or death by 50 per cent in patients who had been symptomatic for seven days or less, meeting the main goal of the trial, Reuters reports.

“An early intervention with our antibody can give a significant reduction in progression to severe disease, with continued protection for more than six months,” said Mene Pangalos, executive vice president, biopharmaceuticals R&D at AstraZeneca.

The company will discuss the data with health authorities, it added, without elaborating.

 

Only fully vaccinated pilgrims allowed for Umrah, prayers at grand mosque in Makkah

The Saudi Arabian Hajj and Umrah ministry has announced that only those pilgrims will be permitted to apply for Umrah and prayer at the Grand Mosque in Makkah who have received complete covid-19 vaccination, the Saudi local media reported.

As per reports, same requirements will be applied for the permits to visit the Rawdah Sharif at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah.

One must take the second dose 48 hours before the date of the permit to avoid cancelation, the ministry asked applicants.

Global case load

Globally, the covid-19 caseload has crossed237.8 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 4.85 million and vaccinations soared to over 6.45 billion, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

As per latest data gathered by the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE), the current global caseload, death toll and the total number number of vaccine doses administered stood at 237,851,281, 4,851,509 and 6,459,979,918, respectively.

The US continues to be the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 44,339,486 and 713,228, according to the CSSE.

In terms of infections, India follows in the second place with 33,953,475 cases.

The other worst countries with over 3 million cases are Brazil (21,575,820), the UK (8,192,541), Russia (7,658,923), Turkey (7,444,542), France (7,156,066), Iran (5,702,890), Argentina (5,265,859), Spain (4,973,619), Colombia (4,972,236), Italy (4,700,316), Germany (4,318,437), Indonesia (4,227,932) and Mexico (3,720,545), the CSSE figures showed.


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