Health dept says Covid rate down 4pc in four days

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Sindh health department claims a dip in Covid surge just within four days as the new and tighter restrictions took effect in the province noting the past four days saw a slash of four per cent, now 20.1 pc, in positivity.

The Covid positivity had surged to 24.9 pc in before the lockdown was imposed, the provincial health department said today, noting a four pc dip in this rate.Now the positivity, into the fourth day of lockdown seems to have fallen to 20.1 pc, it said.

The fourth day of lockdown into the Covid’s fourth wave has the infection rate going down 4 per cent, according to the official numbers of provincial health department.

Separately, the numbers cited resonated with that of national statistics today as well as Pakistan has recorded a decline in COVID-19 cases in the country as it registered 3,582 new infections over the last 24 hours.

The National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) said that the country’s number of overall confirmed cases has risen to 1,039,695, including 943,020 recoveries, adding that the positivity rate of infections was recorded at 8.61 per cent.

However, Sindh province still remains to be the most affected region of the country with 387,261 infections, followed by the Punjab province which has reported 358,387 cases.

However, in a bid to boost mass vaccination in Karachi that is hit most hard by the fourth Covidwave in the country, the Sindh government has decided to convert open grounds into drive-thru vaccination centres.

According to sources in the health department, the drive-thru vaccination centres are planned in districts Korangi, South, Central, East, Malir, Kemari, and West.

“The chief minister has directed the deputy commissioners to setup drive-thru vaccination centres in open grounds where lighting arrangements are available,” they said adding both deputy commissioners and health department are now examining grounds for the purpose as they have been tasked to complete the process in 48 hours.

On Monday, Sindh government spokesman MurtazaWahab shared data showing that 25 percent of the Karachi population over the age of 18-year-old has been vaccinated against COVID-19.

 

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