Pakistan has reported a total of 554 new cases due to covid-19, while the positivity rate was recorded at 1.20 per cent. Around 46,128 tests were conducted and the active case count has now reached 22,958.

Meanwhile, 8 more people lost their lives to the virus during the said time period, taking the nationwide death toll to 28,566, as per latest figures shared by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC).

The number of critical covid-19 patients has come down to 1,167.

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

  • Punjab: 121 new cases, 3 deaths
  • Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa: 86 new cases, 4 deaths
  • Balochistan: 11 new deaths,
  • Islamabad: 29 new cases
  • Gilgit-Baltistan: 1 new case

50pc of country’s eligible population vaccinated with at least one dose

A total of 1,703,072 vaccines were administered across Pakistan on November 9. The total number of vaccinations administered in Pakistan has now reached 114,891,170.

Asad Umar informed that KP has become the second province to vaccinate half of its eligible population.

French health authority advises against Moderna vaccine for under 30s

It has been recommended by the public health authority of France that people under 30 years of age should be given Pfizer’s Comirnaty covid-19 vaccine when available instead of Moderna’s Spikevax jab, which carried comparatively higher risks of heart-related problems.

The Haute Autorite de Sante (HAS), which does not have legal power to ban or licence drugs but acts as an advisor to the French health sector, cited “very rare” risks linked to Myocarditis, a heart disease, that had shown up in recent data on the Moderna vaccine and in a French study published on Monday.

“Within the population aged under 30, this risk appears to be around five times lesser with Pfizer’s Comirnaty jab compared to Moderna’s Spikevax jab,” HAS said in its opinion published on Monday.

The decision in Paris came after regulators in several other countries, including Canada, Finland and Sweden, had also taken a more defensive stance on Spikevax over heart-related safety concerns affecting younger people.

Global case load

Globally, the caseload due to coronavirus has crossed 250.28 million mark, while 5,307,272 have lost their lives to the virus, according to a Reuters tally on Tuesday.

As of 20:15 GMT Monday, the number of cases globally is 250,170,864, including 5,053,570 fatalities. As many as 7.28 billion of vaccine doses have been administered to date.

Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in December 2019.

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