NCOC urges provinces to hasten vaccinations amid Omicron threat | Covid-19 takes eight more lives during 24 hours

NCOC urges provinces to hasten vaccinations amid Omicron threat | Covid-19 takes eight more lives during 24 hours

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD: The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Thursday urged provinces to hasten the vaccination process amid the rising trend of the Omicron variant across the globe, highlighting that the anti-Covid jab is the only way to prevent the spread of the new variant.
During the session, the forum discussed the epidemic curve chart data, national vaccine strategy and disease prevalence across the country. The country’s Covid-19 response team was also briefed about the Covid positivity ratio, disease prevalence, number of deaths and new admissions.
The Covid vaccination process across the country was discussed in detail and the NCOC agreed to take strict measures regarding the obligatory vaccination regime. District wise vaccination targets were reviewed, and efforts were made to engage provinces to achieve the set vaccination targets.
The forum also discussed the total number of vaccines administered, and further procurement of the anti-Covid jab. They further discussed the status of oxygen production and its nationwide distribution process.
The NCOC suggested the installation of oxygen plants in various parts of the country with a special focus on far-flung regions which face logistical issues.
As many as eight Corona patients died in the hospital during past 24 hours, according to the latest update issued by the NCOC.
According to NCOC 14, 168 active Covid-19 cases were recorded with 377 more people tested positive for the deadly pandemic virus while 8 more people lost their lives during the last 24 hours.
Most of the deaths were occurred in KP followed by Punjab. One of the deceased patients died while he was on ventilators during treatment. The maximum ventilators were occupied in four major areas including Multan 16 percent, Peshawar 15 percent, Islamabad 16 percent and Lahore 09 percent.
The maximum Oxygen beds were also occupied in four major areas including Multan 38 percent, Swabi 18 percent, Sargodha 18 percent and Islamabad 12 percent. Around 102 ventilators were occupied elsewhere in the country while no COVID affected person was on ventilator in, Gilgit Baltistan (GB), Balochistan and AJK.
Some 44,137 tests were conducted across the country on Wednesday, including 12,443 in Sindh, 17,173 in Punjab, 8,289 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), 4,542 in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), 1,106 in Balochistan, 312 in GB, and 272 in AJK. Around 1,242,718 people have recovered from the disease so far across Pakistan making it a significant count.