Pakistan’s COVID-19 casualties cross 19,000 mark

Pakistan’s COVID-19 casualties cross 19,000 mark

Pakistan lost another 78 people to the coronavirus as the country’s total death count crossed the grim milestone of 19,000 deaths, the latest National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) data showed on Tuesday. 

As per the data, 60 per cent of the 652 ventilators in use across the country were occupied in Gujranwala and Multan.

Similarly, more than 50pc of the oxygenated beds were occupied in Peshawar, Multan, and Gujranwala.

The active cases count stood at 80,375 as of May 10. 

So far, a total of 861,473 people has been infected, of which more than 19,000 have died and 762,105 have recovered.

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As per the latest data, currently, as many as 5,342 patients are admitted in 639 hospitals across the country.

A notification by the NCOC said that the vaccination process would stay halted for the first and second day of Eid and would continue as per routine afterwards.

This decision of the NCOC was taken to benefit at least 200,000 people. It was first being considered that the vaccination process was to be paused for 3 days of Eid instead of 2. 

Pakistan has, on the other hand, seen a decline in the number of positives and COVID-19 casualties. In the last 24 hours, a total of 78 people succumbed to the virus compared to 118 a day earlier, whereas, in the last 24 hours, 3,447 tested positive compared to 4,569 the previous day.

In a parallel happening, Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar, who also heads the NCOC, negated the news of a Thai woman and her son having the Indian variant of Covid-19 in Pakistan. He said that the Indian variant was not present in the country. 

He also announced that the walk-in vaccination for people above the age of 40 will be started May 12 (tomorrow) onwards.

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