ISLAMABAD: The death toll due to the coronavirus pandemic in the country crossed the grave mark of 10,000 and reached 10,047 after 55 more people died of Covid-19 during the last 24 hours, said the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) issued on Wednesday.
A total of 2,155 new infections were reported during the last 24 hours, surging the national tally of cases to 477,240. Almost 4,619 patients have recovered from the virus in a day and 2,219 patients are in critical condition. The total count of active cases is 37,080 as 430,113 people have recovered from the deadly disease.
A total of 36,390 tests were conducted across the country during the last 24 hours, while so far 6,656,373 samples have been tested.
The positivity rate of Covid-19 cases has been recorded highest in Karachi up to 13.84 per cent and lowest in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) region up to 0.62 per cent. The overall positivity rate of novel coronavirus cases stands at 5.92 per cent.
The positivity rate was recorded 2.14 per cent in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), 4.95 per cent in Balochistan, 0.62 per cent in GB, 4.44 per cent in Punjab, 3.98 per cent in Islamabad Capital Territory, 5.87 per cent in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and 8.4 per cent in Sindh.
The positivity rate in different cities was reported as; 4.9 per cent in Rawalpindi, 6.12 per cent in Lahore, 4.21 per cent in Faisalabad, 4.85 per cent in Multan, 8.79 per cent in Hyderabad, 7.21 per cent in Peshawar, 7.89 per cent in Swat, 9.94 per cent in Quetta and 1.79 per cent in Muzaffarabad.
Meanwhile, the highest number of oxygenated bed occupancy in the country was in Peshawar at 63 per cent, followed by Multan 39 per cent, Islamabad 35 per cent and Rawalpindi 30 per cent.
The NCOC reported that of the 2.1 per cent fatality rate in the country, 70 per cent of males and 77.5 per cent people over the age of 50 succumbed to the virus; 73 per cent had chronic comorbidities and 91 per cent of the deceased remained hospitalised.
Meanwhile, the NCOC in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) and National Information Technology Board (NITB) has developed a National Immunisation Management System (NIMS) to ensure efficient supply chain management and administration of the Covid-19 vaccine.
The system will enable automated phase-wise registration of citizens for Covid-19 vaccine through SMS/internet, based on CNIC numbers. The immunisation mechanism will be intimated to citizens shortly. NIMS will be made available by mid-January.
The NCOC was informed that the federal government is in close liaison with the world’s leading Covid-19 vaccine manufacturers for its early availability in Pakistan.
Furthermore, the NCOC said that a cabinet committee has authorised the procurement of more than one million vaccines. Asad Umar confirmed on Twitter that the number “will cover all frontline health workers”.
He said what remains now is for DRAP (Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan) to approve a vaccine. Umar said that the government aims to deploy the vaccines within the first quarter of 2021.