The Chinese coronavirus vaccines, Sinopharm and Sinovac, abundantly being administered in Pakistan have been approved by the British government for inbound travel from November 22. This move will benefit thousands of travelers in Pakistan planning to travel to the foreign country.

The latest development from the UK government was announced by the British High Commissioner to Pakistan Christian Turner through a tweet. Along with the two Chinese vaccines, the British authorities have also added India-made Covaxin to its approved vaccine list.

Pakistan’s positivity rate falls below 1 per cent

Pakistan has reported a total of 400 fresh infections in the last 24 hours, while the positivity rate was recorded at 0.94 per cent, lowest in Pakistan for the first time since March last year. Around 42,373 tests were conducted and the active case count has further dropped to 22,845.

Meanwhile, 11 more people lost their lives to the virus, taking the nationwide death toll to 28,558, as per latest figures shared by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC).

Among the active cases, 1,206 patients are still in critical condition across the country.

277 people have also recovered from the virus in the last 24 hours, taking the number of recoveries to 1,226,157. The total caseload in Pakistan has now reached 1,277,560.

The countrywide breakdown of cases and deaths is given below.

  • Punjab: 81 new cases, 5 deaths
  • Sindh: 250 new cases, 2 deaths
  • Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa: 44
  • Balochistan: 7 new cases, 1 death
  • Islamabad: 18 new cases, 3 deaths
  • Gilgit-Baltistan: 0 case
  • Azad Jammu and Kashmir: 0 case

NCOC directs provinces to expedite covid-19 vaccination

NCOC has asked the provinces and concerned authorities to take steps to expedite the coronavirus vaccination in the country.

In a joint NCOC session chaired by the Federal Minister for Planning, Asad Umar and Major General Zafar Iqbal, the forum expressed satisfactions over the vaccination drive in the country. The session was also attended by the Special Assistant on Health, Dr Faisal Sultan.

The forum also praised the citizens for following the covid-19 SOPs that helped the government to curb the spread of the virus.

1,216,641 people vaccinated in Pakistan on November 8

Global caseload cross 250 million

Globally, over 250 million people have been affected from the coronavirus pandemic, while over five million deaths have been recorded since the inception of virus in China in December 2019. The data has been compiled by AFP, based on daily report provided by health authorities in each country.

The highest number of infections have been reported in Europe, with more than 76 million cases registered. The second most affected region is Asia with 56,201,653 total cases. Asia is followed by the United States and Canada (48,290,522 infections) and Latin America and the Caribbean (46,107,131).

Aside from Pakistan which is reporting a drop in the covid-19 cases, the number of cases in various countries have slowly increased over the past few weeks. Around 449,000 new daily cases were registered over the past seven days, against just over 400,000 in mid-October.

Out of these new infections, over 60 per cent were from Europe, which has seen an average of 279,000 cases a day over the past seven days.


From : pk.mashable.com

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