Pakistan reported 3,480 new COVID-19 infections on Saturday morning, as the country battles the pandemic’s fourth wave. This lowers the country’s positivity rating to 5.50 percent, marking the first time in over 20 days that the country has recorded a positivity rate below 6%.
COVID-19 has taken 82 additional lives in the past 24 hours, according to the latest data from the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), bringing the total number of deaths caused by the virus to 26,662.
According to the NCOC’s statistics, 3,480 individuals tested positive for the virus after 63,181 COVID-19 tests were performed.
Meanwhile, for almost a month, the daily case count has largely remained in the 3,000-4,000 range.
The overall number of cases has surpassed 1.2 million, with 1,082,988 individuals having recovered from the infection and 91,717 still active.
For the third day in a row, Pakistan reports a slight decrease in active cases.
So far, Pakistan has given out at least 66,456,245 doses of COVID vaccination. Assuming that each individual requires two doses, it will be enough to vaccinate 15.3 percent of the country’s population.
Pakistan provided an average of 1,136,823 dosages per day over the latest week reported. It will take another 39 days to deliver enough dosages for another 10% of the population at this pace.
Asad Umar, Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Planning and Development, said on Twitter Friday that more than 20 million individuals had been completely vaccinated against coronavirus.
Asad Umar, who also serves as the head of the National Command and Operation Centre, provided an update on Pakistan’s COVID-19 immunization status, expressing confidence that the country will “meet or surpass” its goal.
Asad Umar said that the government set a “daunting target” of vaccinating 70 million people by the end of this year when the vaccine program began.
“In the early days of the vaccination campaign we had set a daunting target of vaccinating 7 crore people by the end of this year,” he wrote.
He was pleased to report that at least one dosage of an anti-coronavirus vaccine has been given to 50 million Pakistanis.