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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
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.
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.
--At least 1,123 cases of Covid-19 & 12 fatalities reported across the country in the last 24 hours --Islamabad administration imposes Section 144 on masks in public places to curb the spread of coronavirus
October 28th, 2020; By Asra Haque and Adina Shahid; LAHORE; SAPM on Health Faisal Sultan formally announced today that the Second Wave is here. How serious is it compared to the first wave?