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Friday Jun 18 2021
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Web Desk

Pakistan's COVID-19 positivity rate falls to 1.9%, lowest so far this year

By
Web Desk
A young woman with face masks on the streets of Islamabad after the coronavirus outbreak in Pakistan. Photo: Reuters

  • Pakistan's coronavirus positivity ratio further falls to 1.9%.
  • At least 39 more succumbed to coronavirus, taking the total death tally to 21,913.
  • Earlier this week, number of active COVID-19 cases in Pakistan came down to less than 40,000 for the first time since March 24.


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has reported the lowest COVID-19 positivity rate so far this year. During the last 24 hours, the positivity rate rate was recorded as 1.9%.

For the last two weeks, the positivity rate has hovered at around 3%. According to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), 54,647 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours, of which 1,043 samples came back positive.

The country reported another 39 deaths from coronavirus, the NCOC report showed.

According to the official portal, the rate of positive cases of coronavirus in the country has dropped to 1.9%.

The total number of deaths from COVID-19 in the country so far has reached 21,913 and the total number of cases has reached 946,227, while 888,505 people have recovered from the virus so far. The active number of cases currently stands at 35,809.

Earlier this week, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Pakistan came down to less than 40,000 for the first time since March 24. On March 24, the number of active cases was 37,985.

Read more: Pakistan's number of active coronavirus cases less than 40,000 for first time since March 24

COVID-19 vaccine shortage hits Sindh

Amid the Sindh government's escalated vaccination campaign, several parts of the province, including Hyderabad, ran short of vaccines a day earlier.

According to the Sindh Health Department, 40% of the vaccination centres in Hyderabad and parts of lower Sindh were temporarily closed due to the unavailability of vaccines.

Meanwhile, the remaining vaccination centres only facilitated those who were visiting to get the second dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

Per the Sindh Health Department, the shortage of vaccines is being faced because the federal government has not sent supply to the province, adding that the new stock is expected to arrive by June 20.

In Hyderabad, 21 vaccination centres have run out of vaccine stocks, the district health officer said.

Read more: Several parts of Sindh, including Hyderabad, run out of vaccine supply