Islamabad (Web Desk): Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar, who also heads National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), said on Thursday that vaccination targets need to be met in order to avoid the 5th wave of COVID-19.
In a post on Twitter, the minister said if a large number of people remain unvaccinated, we remain vulnerable despite sharp decline in cases. He added that the second dose is vital for protection against COVID-19.
To ensure there is no 5th wave of covid we have to meet vaccination targets set. Otherwise despite sharp decline in cases we remain vulnerable, if large number of people remain unvaccinated. Remember that 2nd dose is vital for protection against covid. Get fully vaccinated— Asad Umar (@Asad_Umar) October 21, 2021
Asad Umar said that the best vaccination progress has been reported in Islamabad, Peshawar, Gilgit and Mirpur while the progress is good in Skardu, Charsadda and Sargodha.
However, he said district administrations and health teams need to improve vaccination process in Hyderabad, Nowshera, Faisalabad, Quetta, Karachi, Mingora and Mardan.
Best vaccination progress : islamabad, peshawar, gilgit, mirpur. Good progress: skardu, charsadda, sargodha. Needing improvement : Hyderabad, nowshera, Faisalabad, quetta, karachi, mingora, mardan. District admin & health teams in these cities need to improve performance— Asad Umar (@Asad_Umar) October 21, 2021
On the other hand, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 1,266,826 on Thursday after 622 new cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.
As per the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) data, 44,334 tests were conducted in last 24 hours while positivity ratio remained 1.40%.
According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 28,328 with 16 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.
Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 1,213,799 after another 1,112 virus recoveries were reported.