Pakistan posts 11 more coronavirus deaths, 733 infections in a day

NCOC decides to gradually lift NPIs in cities with maximum vaccinated population

By: News Desk
Published: 08:09 AM, 31 Oct, 2021
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The fourth wave of coronavirus pandemic is easing in Pakistan with the authorities deciding to lift more restrictions in cities with maximum vaccinated population.

The figures released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Sunday morning showed that Pakistan has registered 11 more deaths and 733 infections from the coronavirus pandemic during the last 24 hours (Saturday). 

As per the NCOC figures, after the addition of 11 new deaths, the overall toll has now surged to 28,452 whereas the number of total infections now stood at 1,273,078 after adding the fresh 733 cases.

During the last 24 hours (Saturday), a total of 48,192 tests were conducted throughout Pakistan whereas the positivity ratio stood at 1.52 percent. The number of patients in critical care was 1,402.

 During the last 24 hours (Saturday), as many as 594 patients have recovered from the virus whereas the total recoveries stood at 1,221,535. As of Sunday, the total count of active cases in the country was recorded at 23,094.

As many as 469,960 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 440,139 in Punjab, 177,968 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 106,896 in Islamabad, 33,248 in Balochistan, 34,477 in Azad Kashmir and 10,390 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Moreover, 12,915 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab so far, 7,567 in Sindh, 5,745 in KP, 940 in Islamabad, 740 in Azad Kashmir, 356 in Balochistan and 186 in Gilgit Baltistan.

NPIs gradual lifting

The NCOC has decided to lift non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) in cities with maximum vaccinated population.

The NCOC meeting was held here with Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar that took detailed stock of disease situation in the country and complete vaccination status in different cities.

The Forum, keeping in view the vaccination of a large number of eligible people of the country decided to gradually normalize the living conditions in the high-performing cities to encourage them.

Best-vaccinated cities

The Forum was informed that according to this ranking, Islamabad, Mandi Bahauddin, Gilgit and Mirpur were declared the best-vaccinated cities for vaccinating 60 percent of their eligible population.

However, Rawalpindi, Jhelum, Peshawar, Ghizer, Kurmang, Skardu, Hunza, Bagh and Bhimber were declared as better vaccinated cities by vaccinating 40 to 60 percent of their eligible population.

The vaccination rates were declared as reduced in the remaining cities due to less than 40 percent of the eligible population’s inoculation, the Forum was told.

The Forum further decided that while maintaining the necessary precautionary measures against coronavirus pandemic in the best-vaccinated cities of Islamabad, Mandi Bahauddin, Gilgit and Mirpur, the NPIs in gatherings, wedding ceremonies, playgrounds, trade and business, indoor dining, cinema, gym, entertainment and religious activities including that of shrines and transport sector were removed.

Transport 100%

The number of passengers for intercity and inter-district transport among the best vaccinated cities was increased to 100 percent, the Forum decided.

Moreover, the passenger occupancy in the transport sector of good and less vaccinated cities was kept at 80 percent, the Forum said.

The Forum decided that the implementation of existing NPIs in well-vaccinated cities with minor changes in gatherings, wedding ceremonies, playgrounds, trade and business, indoor dining, cinema, gym entertainment and religious places including shrines and transport sector would remain enforced till November 15.

The Forum also decided to keep public gatherings in good and less vaccinated cities within the limits of 500 and 300, respectively. “The continuation of all these facilities across the country is subject to complete vaccination and mandatory use of facemasks,” the NCOC resolved in its session.

The NCOC would review these decisions at its meeting on November 12 whereas detailed instructions were sent to all the provinces in this regard.

 GLOBAL DEVELOPMENTS

Here are the global developments in the coronavirus crisis:

- Xi, Putin urge mutual vaccine recognition-

Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin call at the G20 summit for the mutual recognition of available anti-Covid vaccines, notably across members of the G20.

Neither is attending the summit in Rome and both made their appeal by video conference.

- Beijing shutters cinemas  -

With 100 days to go before it hosts the Winter Olympic Games Beijing authorities order all cinemas closed until November 14 in the capital's Xicheng district, amid new virus restrictions. The area lies west of Tiananmen Square and is home to over a million people.

- Merkel concern over rising cases -

Outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel expresses concern over a resurgence in cases in Germany. Warning against "a certain recklessness" in Germany, Merkel said increasing numbers of hospital admissions with coronavirus "worry me a lot."

- Paid holiday for Russia -

With daily virus cases rising at record rates nationwide -- Saturday day 40,251 new cases -- Russia announces a week of paid holiday as well as new restrictions in Europe's worst-hit country by fatalities.

Although vaccinations have been freely available for months, just 32.5 percent of the population have been fully inoculated, according to the latest data and epidemiologists are concerned at reports around one-third of Russians plan to travel during the holiday period.

- Jordanian expulsion threat to unvaccinated -

Jordan says it will deport any foreign workers who have not received two jabs by mid-December.

Tens of thousands of Egyptians, Filipinos and other nationalities working in the kingdom, which has opened centres dedicated to the free vaccination of Jordanians and foreigners.

Guest workers in the kingdom, which has recorded more than 11,000 Covid deaths to date, will not need to present either a residence or work permit in order to get vaccinated.

With inputs from AFP.