ISLAMABAD, 18 July: The COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Pakistan as 2,607 new infections were detected over the past 24 hours, taking the tally of confirmed cases to 989,275 recorded.
According to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), 21 more people died from the infection during this period, taking the death toll to 22,781.
A total of 48,816 samples were tested, out of which 2,607 were found to be carrying the deadly virus. The infection rate was recorded at 5.34 per cent, the NCOC said.
The number of total tests to diagnose the pandemic in the country stands at 15,393,974, while 919,163 people have regained their health from the COVID-19.
2,508 people are still critical and being treated at the various hospitals of the country.
As of July 18, a total of 22,735,993 doses have been administered to people across the country including 18,185,297 partial doses and 4,550,696 fully vaccinated.
Covid-19 vaccination centres will remain closed on the first day of Eid-ul-Adha
Covid-19 vaccination centres across the country will remain closed on the first day of Eid-ul-Adha, said sources.
NCOC, the top body overseeing the country’s Covid response, decided to close vaccination centres on the first day of Eid that will fall on July 21 (Wednesday), the sources had said.
The Covid-19 vaccination centres will open on the second day of Eid. The decision to keep the inoculation centres closed for just one day was made in light of people’s encouraging response to the vaccination drive, they said.
Pakistan reported 2,783 cases of coronavirus(COVID-19:) on Saturday, as per the statistics shared by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC). A total of 49,247 people were tested for the infection on Friday, said the NCOC, out of whom 2,783 turned out to be positive.