Oxford University vaccine on hold
Clinical trials of a potential vaccine developed by Oxford University have been put on hold after a patient developed a “potentially unexplained illness” during the trial. A spokesman for AstraZeneca, the company collaborating with Oxford University, stated that pausing trials were common during this phase in vaccine development.
6 die to the virus in the past 24 hours
Six people succumbed to COVID-19 in Sindh on Wednesday, September 9, while the remaining provinces report no casualties according to official statistics. Pakistan’s death toll now stands at 6,365, with a case fatality rate of 2.1%. Sindh has suffered the greatest number of deaths due to the pandemic with 2,436 recorded coronavirus fatalities, followed closely by Punjab with 2,213 recorded casualties.
441 new cases emerge
441 fresh cases were detected across the country in the past 24 hours. Sindh recorded the highest number of cases at 146 with Balochistan following closely behind with 120 cases. 72 in Punjab, 69 in Gilgit-Baltistan, 44 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 24 in Islamabad Capital Territory, and 16 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir were reported. Meanwhile, 1,444 COVID-19 patients managed to recover, raising the recovery rate to an encouraging 96%.