COVID-19 Update: Pakistan registers 70 deaths in past 24 hours

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

17th Dec, 2020. 09:31 am

The death toll of Pakistan due to the novel coronavirus has hit 9,080 after 70 more deaths recorded in the past 24 hours.

According to the statistics of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), 2,545 new infections were reported in a single day.

In the past 24 hours 7,993 patients have recovered from the dread virus during the last 24 hours and 2,505 patients are in critical condition, however, no critical case was added in today’s tally.

The total count of active cases is 42,851 and the positivity rate is recorded up to 6.34 percent. The national caseload currently stands at 448,522.

On the other hand, the Special Assistant on National Health Services Dr. Faisal Sultan has said the anti-Covid-19 vaccine to be procured by the government will be vaccinated free of cost to the general population.

In a media briefing in Islamabad, he assured that the vaccine will be procured keeping in view its safety, efficacy, and effectiveness.

He said one hundred and fifty million dollars had initially been set aside for the vaccine procurement and the amount can be further enhanced keeping in view the situation.

The Special Assistant said that the provincial authorities and other relevant institutions at a meeting today were also briefed about the national effort being made for the procurement of the vaccine.

Faisal Sultan said the virus positivity ratio has reached seven to eight percent and its intensity has increased in big cities. He once again asked the people to fully comply with the SOPs to avoid the spread of the virus.

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