In an attempt to speed up the vaccination drive in Punjab, the provincial government has announced that it will kick-off the door-to-door coronavirus vaccination drive from October 25.

As per a notification issued by the government, the vaccination campaign will last till November 12 and that people in nine divisions and 36 districts will be vaccinated. The government has also appointed a focal person to ensure that the campaign achieves its targets.

16 more deaths recorded in Pakistan

Pakistan has reported 16 more deaths in the past 24 hours due to coronavirus. The new figures took the nationwide death toll to 28,344.

Meanwhile, 567 new cases were also reported during the said time period, while the positivity rate was recorded at 1.44 per cent. Around 39,200 tests were conducted and the active case count has further reduced to 24,386, as per latest figures shared by the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC).

During the same period, 864 people recovered from coronavirus, taking the tally for recoveries to 1,214,663. 1,704 are still in critical condition across the country.

According to the forum, Pakistan has seen a total of 1,267,393 cases so far since the pandemic hit.

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

  • Punjab: 203 cases, 7 deaths
  • Sindh: 195 cases, 3 deaths
  • Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa: 108 cases, 6 deaths
  • Balochistan: 10 cases
  • Islamabad: 44 cases
  • Gilgit-Baltistan: 2 cases
  • Azad Jammu and Kashmir: 5 cases

WTO members urged to support intellectual property waiver for vaccines

The White House has called on all members of World Trade Organization (WTO) to support an intellectual property waiver for covid-19 vaccines.

“We … need every WTO member to step up as well and support an intellectual property waiver, and every company must act ambitiously and urgently to expand manufacturing now,” White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters.

A year after South Africa and India introduced a proposal to temporarily waive intellectual property rights on COVID-19 vaccines and therapies at the WTO, negotiations have failed to make any progress.

More than 100 countries backing the waiver say it will help save lives by allowing developing countries to produce COVID-19 vaccines, but the European Union and several countries, including Switzerland, remain opposed.

UK reports over 50,000 new covid-19 cases

52,009 new cases have been reported in Britain on Tuesday, the highest daily amount since July 17, and 115 deaths within 28 days of a positive test, according to government data.

The number of new cases has been rising rapidly, with infections in the last seven days up 18 per cent compared to the week before. Deaths have not risen as quickly, but the seven-day total is still up 11 per cent.

 

Global case load

Globally, the coronavirus caseload has crossed 241.9 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 4.92 million and vaccinations soared to over 6.73 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 242,449,033, 4,928,934 and 6,733,417,557, respectively.

The US continues to be the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 45,294,293 and 733,064, according to the CSSE.

In terms of infections, India follows in the second place with 34,127,450 cases.

The other worst countries with over 3 million cases are Brazil (21,697,341), the UK (8,681,759), Russia (8,005,376), Turkey (7,772,574), France (7,209,126), Iran (5,833,525), Argentina (5,277,525), Spain (4,995,176), Colombia (4,986,249), Italy (4,729,678), Indonesia (4,237,834), Germany (4,435,487) and Mexico (3,767,758), the CSSE figures showed.


From : pk.mashable.com

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