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Pakistan on Saturday reported 991 new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) and 1,282 recoveries from the disease during the last 24 hours.
Twenty-seven corona patients died during the past 24 hours, according to the National command and Operation Centre (NCOC), the principal body governing the policies and implementation of the national COVID-19 effort of Pakistan, according to WAM.
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Pakistan has registered a total of 946,227 confirmed cases and 21,913 deaths in the pandemic since last year.
Pakistan registers a total of 946,227 confirmed cases and 21,913 deaths in the pandemic since last year. File photo
People in Pakistan’s most populated province are thronging COVID-19 vaccination centers days after Punjab authorities threatened to block cellphone service for those who refuse to get shots.
It was not immediately clear exactly when the provincial government will start cutting off phone service for people who won't get vaccinated.
The move in Punjab came after officials in Sindh province said they would withhold the July salaries of for government employees who do not receive COVID-19 jabs by June 30.
Officials said the positivity rate in Pakistan has dropped to less than 2%, indicated the country's third infection wave of the pandemic has peaked.
The spokesperson, in a statement on Twitter, said due to effective policies and timely interventions, the COVID-19 positivity ratio in Pakistan dropped to 3.1% - lowest since current wave of the pandemic started, Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) reported.
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As part of its intensified testing campaign, MoHAP announced that it conducted 214,765 additional COVID-19 tests over the past 24 hours, using state-of-the-art medical testing equipment.
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