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1,771 new infections take total Covid-19 caseload to 922,824

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan recorded 1,771 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 on Monday with a test positivity rate of 3.72 percent, marking a substantial drop in its daily cases, the National Command and Operation Center said on Tuesday.

According to the NCOC, the total number of confirmed cases in the country rose to 922,824 Tuesday, including 844,638 recoveries.

There are currently 57,336 active cases being treated in hospitals across the country, with 3,842 of them being in critical condition.

According to the NCOC, 71 more deaths from the coronavirus epidemic were recorded in the last 24 hours nationwide, raising the Covid-19 related death toll to 20,850.

Punjab has reported the highest number of both confirmed cases and deaths, at 340,110 and 10,039 in total respectively, followed by Sindh with 318,579 confirmed cases and 5,039 deaths.

The NCOC said on its website that Pakistan has administered a total of 7,337,187 Covid-19 vaccine doses across the country, with 1,985,005 people fully vaccinated so far.

Strict restrictive measures backed by vaccination have enabled a declining trend of the Covid-19 positivity ratio as the country reported a rate below 5 percent for the eighth consecutive day on Monday.

According to data released by the NCOC, the health department conducted 47,633 tests on Monday, detecting a positivity rate of 3.71 percent.

Earlier in March and April, the nation saw a positivity ratio of over 11 percent several times, leading the government to impose strict measures, including the closure of educational institutions, markets, public parks, wedding halls, restaurants, public transport and all other venues of mass gatherings, especially during the Eidul Fitr holidays.

In May, the positivity rate dropped to over 9 percent and went down further to below 5 percent, the official data showed.

The government will start vaccination of 18-year-olds from June 3 (Thursday) across the country.

In a tweet, Minister for Planning and Development National Command and Operation Centre chief Asad Umar announced the vaccination of all the eligible age groups would be carried out in line with the body’s decision.

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