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Over 30m Pakistanis vaccinated against COVID-19: Asad Umar

Over 30m Pakistanis vaccinated against COVID-19: Asad Umar
August 1, 2021 --- Web Desk

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Minister for Planning and Special Initiatives Asad Umar revealed has revealed that Pakistan has crossed 30 million vaccinations against COVID-19 on Sunday.

In a tweet, Asad Umar said that the first ten million vaccinations took 113 days, the second ten millions 28 days and the third ten millions only 16 days.

The minister also said the pace of vaccination has rapidly increased in the country. He said all six days this week were a record, as 934 hundred thousand people received vaccinations yesterday. He said five million vaccinations were done in last six days.

On Friday, the Sindh government has decided to impose an immediate lockdown in Karachi till August 8.

This was decided in a meeting Corona Task Force chaired by Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah of the coronavirus task force.

It is worth mentioning here that the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) had opposed the idea of a complete lockdown in Karachi.

The meeting was attended by provincial ministers, medical experts and representatives of the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA).

For the first time, parliamentary leaders of political parties were also invited to the COVID-19 task force meeting. Besides this, the Sindh Ranger DG was also invited.

The Sindh health department had proposed a two-week lockdown to the task force, while medical experts had proposed a two-week ban on inter-city transport.

A proposal was also made to close all educational institutions and educational activities for two weeks.

The Sindh government, however, had said that it does not care what the federation says and that the only immediate solution to bring down virus cases was a lockdown.

Key decisions in the Sindh coronavirus task force meeting

The lockdown goes into effect from tomorrow. Here are some of the key decision that were made:

  • Government offices will be closed from next week.
  • Those who do not get vaccinated will not get their salary after August 31.
  • Vaccination cards of anyone on the streets may be checked.
  • The Export industry will remain open.
  • All markets in the province will remain closed.
  • NCOC decides to help Sindh government

     

NCOC to assist Sindh government

Earlier today, the National Command and Operation Centre said that it has “critically reviewed” the disease spread in Karachi and decided to take all possible measures to assist the Sindh Government in combating the rising trend of the disease.

It remarked that the federal government has decided to ramp up critical care capacity, including oxygenated beds and vents, availability of oxygen, and deployment of LEAs for implementation of SOPs.

Karachi’s positivity rate has shot up to 30%.

The Delta variant has been spreading at an alarming rate and the positivity rate in Karachi has shot up to 30%.