COVID-19: Pakistan reports 707 new infections, 3 deaths in last 24 hours

COVID-19: Pakistan reports 707 new infections, 3 deaths in last 24 hours

Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The total number of recovered COVID-19 patients in Pakistan reached 311,075 on Monday after another 584 virus recoveries were reported during the last 24 hours.

Over the last twenty four hours, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 328,602 after 707 new coronavirus cases surfaced in the country.

Overall, 143,836 cases were reported in Sindh, 102,875 in Punjab, 39,043 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 15,810 in Balochistan, 19,012 in Islamabad, 4,180 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 3,846 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

According to the government's Covid-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached 6,739 with 3 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, British drug maker AstraZeneca Plc has said that the Covid-19 vaccine being developed by the University of Oxford produces an immune response in both elderly and young people and adverse reactions were lower among the elderly.

A British newspaper, quoting an AstraZeneca spokesperson, reported that the vaccine, being developed by Oxford and AstraZeneca, triggers protective antibodies and T-cells in older age groups. It cited two people familiar with the finding.

Immunogenicity blood tests carried out on a subset of older participants echo data released in July which showed the vaccine generated “robust immune responses” in a group of healthy adults aged between 18 and 55, the newspaper reported.

“It is encouraging to see immunogenicity responses were similar between older and younger adults and that reactogenicity was lower in older adults, where the Covid-19 disease severity is higher,” spokesperson said.

It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 42.5 million and death toll tops 1.1 million.