Pakistan’s COVID-19 graph has been exhibiting a downward trend this week, with the country registering fewer than 4,000 daily infections.
The South Asian country added 3,787 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases to 1,171,578, according to statistics from the National Command and Operation Centre on Friday morning.
For the last three days, the number of active COVID-19 cases has also been decreasing. The number of active cases dropped to 90,076 on Friday.
The positivity rate was recorded at 6.33%.
According to NCOC statistics, the death toll has officially surpassed 26,000 people and is currently at 26,035.
Daily recoveries continue to outweigh daily new cases in the country. Over 6,595 recoveries were made in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of recoveries in Pakistan to 1,055,467.
Pakistan is reporting an average of 3,911 new infections each day, which is 67 percent more than the peak – the highest daily average since June 17.
So far, the country has given out at least 58,156,714 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Assuming that each individual requires two doses, it would be enough to vaccinate 13.4 percent of the country’s population.
Pakistan gave an average of 1,019,949 dosages per day over the latest week reported. It will take another 43 days to deliver enough dosages for another 10% of the population at this pace.
Pakistan on Wednesday received the first consignment of one million doses of Russian-made Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, announced the Ministry of Health.
The Russian vaccine, which was approved by the Pakistani government earlier this year for emergency use, has been purchased by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).
Earlier in the day, Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar said that thirty-five percent of the national eligible population has received at least one dose of anti-Covid vaccine.
Giving a province wise break up in his tweets, he said sixty-nine percent population in Islamabad has received vaccine dose, fifty-one percent in Azad Kashmir, thirty-nine percent in Gilgit Baltistan, thirty-seven percent in Punjab, thirty-five percent in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, thirty-two percent in Sindh, and twelve percent in Balochistan.
The Minister for Planning said that single-day vaccination crossed the one and a half million mark for the first time yesterday.
“Both first dose and second dose vaccinations yesterday were highest ever with 1 million 71 thousand and 519 thousand respectively,” he said.
“We had set a minimum target of 40% of 18 plus population being partially vaccinated by end August for 24 large cities. Out of these 20 met the target. Only cities to miss the target were Hyderabad, Mardan, Nowshera, and Quetta,” he added.
Earlier, a consignment comprising 50,000 doses of Russian vaccine was privately imported in March this year.