Coronavirus positivity rate drops below 6%
Staff Reporter Islamabad
The government has decided to launch vaccination of the children of upto 15 to 18 years age as efforts to inoculate general public being expedited in the wake of the fourth virus wave in the country.
The vaccination drive for the children between 15 to 18 years will begin from September 13 and they will inoculated with the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, sources said.
The National Command and Operation Centre has approved vaccination of the citizens aged between 15 to 18 years, according to sources.
“In the first phase, vaccination will be approved for people in the age bracket of 15 and 18 while in the second phase, people aged between 12 and 15 will be inoculated,” sources said.
In a statement, the NCOC also said mobile vaccination teams will go to schools and colleges to vaccinate students of the same age group.
The forum said registration certificate number (Form-B) of children will be required for their vaccination.
Pakistan reported 3,480 new coronavirus infections Saturday morning as the country continues to battle against the fourth wave of the pandemic.
According to the latest statistics of the National Command and Operation Centre, Covid-19 claimed 82 more lives during the last 24 hours, taking the nationwide death tally from the virus to 26,662.
As many as 3,480 people tested positive for the virus after 63,181 Covid-19 tests were taken, according to the NCOC’s data. This brings the positivity rate to 5.50%, which is the first time in over 20 days that the country has reported a positivity rate less than 6%. Since August 24, Pakistan’s positivity rate has been under 7% on 17 out of 19 days.
Meanwhile, the daily case count has mostly been hovering between the 3,000-4,000 range for close to a month now.
The total number of cases has reached 1,201,367, crossing the 1.2 million mark, while 1,082,988 people have recovered from the virus so far and the number of active cases are 91,717.
COVID-19 infections are decreasing in Pakistan, with 3,758 new infections reported on average each day. That’s 64% of the peak — the highest daily average reported on June 17.