Pakistan posts 121 coronavirus cases, two deaths

NIH data shows infectivity ration climbing to 0.87%: Canada to drop Covid-19 vaccine border policy soon

By: News Desk
Published: 12:01 PM, 22 Sep, 2022
Pakistan posts 121 coronavirus cases, two deaths
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Pakistan has registered another 121 coronavirus cases and two fatalities during the last 24 hours (Wednesday) with infectivity ratio again climbing to 0.87 percent, showed the statistics released by the National Institute of Health (NIH) on Thursday morning, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

According to NIH data, the death toll in the country edged up to 30,609 while the number of total infections now stood at 1,572,108 after adding the fresh 121 cases.

During the last 24 hours (Wednesday), 13,945 tests were conducted throughout Pakistan whereas the positivity ratio stood at 0.87 percent. The number of patients in critical care was recorded at 72.

Canada to drop Covid-19 vaccine border policy

The Canadian government plans to drop its Covid-19 vaccine border requirements by the end of September and make the ArriveCan application optional, reported CTV News.

The government is expected to make this policy change by the end of the month, and the sources indicated the Liberals would also end the outstanding random COVID-19 testing for travellers.

The Canadian government said in late June that existing border restrictions, including showing proof of vaccination to enter the country, would remain in place until at least Sept 30. The latest news suggests the federal government may simply choose not to extend these measures any further.

Also in June, the government began allowing unvaccinated Canadians to board planes and trains heading to either domestic or international locations, but they were still required to follow the current testing and quarantine requirements upon re-entry from international destinations. As of that last update to COVID-19 border rules, foreign nationals coming to Canada were still required to be vaccinated in order to enter.

It was not immediately clear exactly which vaccination-related rules will change come the end of the month, with an announcement expected in the days ahead.

It is also unclear whether the United States will follow suit with Canada. Non-US citizens travelling to the country are still required to be fully vaccinated.

And with the Toronto Blue Jays vying for a spot in the post-season, they could face teams with unvaccinated players who couldn't visit the city due to existing restrictions.

The move comes after calls from some in the aviation industry and opposition MPs for the government to drop its outstanding COVID-19 border rules and scrap the ArriveCan app completely.

Appearing on CTV's Power Play on Tuesday, Liberal MP Randy Boissonnault declined to comment on the changes specifically but said as tourism minister, he is interested in ensuring the border is as "unsticky" as it possibly can be.

"What I can say (is) that my colleagues and I are going to make sure that we do the right thing to boost the economy but also keep Canadians safe and make sure that we're moving on in this post-acute COVID phase," he said.

Conservative MP Michael Barrett, also appearing on CTV's Power Play on Tuesday, said it is "high time that they scrap the app."

"Certainly, we support this because it's based in science and border communities have been crying for this," he said. "Our tourism sector has been hurting bad."

Appearing alongside Barrett on Power Play, NDP MP Rachel Blaney said people need to be kept as safe as possible.

"But as things get better, I think we all have to do our best to make sure that we're as welcoming as we possibly can, but we need to do that cautiously," she said.

"But around the ArriveCan app, I've just heard so many horror stories, so really hopeful to see that dealt with in a meaningful way."