COVID-19 Watch

COVID Watch | 15th January 2021

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SAPM on Health confirms Pakistan yet to place order for vaccines; moderate humidity and cold weather may be accelerating COVID-19 transmission in Karachi; WHO conducts coronavirus management training for healthcare professionals in Peshawar's major hospitals.

COVID Watch | January 14th 2021

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A total of 3,097 new COVID cases along with 46 fatalities have been reported in the past 24 hours across the country.

COVID Watch | 13th January 2021

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With just ten volunteers remaining in clinical trials for Chinese state-owned Sinopharm vaccine, which is reported to have 86% efficacy, the drug is expected to be rolled out to registered frontline healthcare workers in early February.

COVID Watch | 12th January 2021

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3,606 patients recover against 2,408 newly reported COVID-19 infections in the past 24 hours, reducing total active cases in Pakistan to 34,007; KP prison staff and inmates get Rs. 9.7 million worth in PPE, hand sanitizers and soaps per initiative between US Mission to Pakistan and KP prison department to improve prison conditions; an international clinical trail of blood plasma therapy found that the treatment is ineffective for severely ill coronavirus patients.

COVID Watch | 11th January 2021

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45 million vaccine vials to be received by Pakistan by the UN's COVAX program will only inoculate just 20% of the population; anti-gen rapid diagnostic testing speeds up COVID-19 detection in the province; presence of new B.1.1.7 strain not found in contacts of traced returnees from the UK in Sindh

COVID Watch | 8th January 2021

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48 succumbed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours while 3,313 recovered against reports of 2,435 fresh infections; the Ministry of National Health Services has stated that the first shipment of coronavirus vaccine will arrive in Pakistan by the end of January; Chinese state-owned SinoPharm vaccine expected to complete its Phase III clinical trials this month as just 1,000 of 18,000 volunteers remain.

COVID Watch | 7th January 2021

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Daily infections surge to nearly 2,500 in past 24 hours, recoveries also see a slight uptick as 2,122 beat COVID-19; 1,597 queries on lockdowns received by Punjab authorities from October to December, 189 of which were complaints of SOP violations; PIMS representative claims eight wards had already reached full capacity, near impossible to take in more coronavirus patients.

COVID Watch | 6th January 2021

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NCOC notifies Sindh that vaccine consignments previously expected to reach the province by January 15 will be delayed; samples of five UK returnees to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa sent to NIH to determine presence of B.1.1.7 variant that emerged in the UK recently; federal cabinet approves relaxation of Public Procurement Regulatory Authority to acquire vaccine from either of six firms registered with the NIH.

COVID Watch | 5th January 2021

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Daily positivity rate of 5.55% recorded on Monday as cases continue on steady but slow decline; new COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 which emerged in UK last month has been confirmed in two virus-positive Pakistanis who had returned from overseas; 'Vitamin D for All' campaign launched by UHS, Pakistan Society of Internal Medicine and Scottman Pharma to urge intake of Vitamin D to boost immunity against the novel coronavirus disease.

COVID Watch | 4th January 2021

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Pakistan's recovery rate slumps to 90.6% in the past 24 hours; eight localities in Lahore, one in Multan and one in Gujranwala under smart lockdown after being declared COVID-19 hotspots; Mutated UK strain reaches Pakistan as three returning Pakistanis test positive for the new strain.

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