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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A study published in the Royal Society Open Science journal found that masks are highly effective in blocking large virus-laden droplets, with a 99.9% reduced dispersion incidence. For more updates on the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, keep reading.