Meanwhile, after the UK variant made inroads into various cities of the country, Pakistan has reported its first confirmed patient carrying the Indian strain.
COVID-19 is now ravaging the villages of India, where about 70 per cent of the population resides. More bodies are floating in rivers; mass graves are being discovered. In rural areas, health is managed through Primary Health Centres (PHCs). According to the Economic
India's cases jumped by 28,903 on Wednesday, the highest increase since Dec.13. Deaths increased by 188, the highest in two months, to stand at 159,044.
The United Kingdom on Wednesday said that people under the age of 30 should choose alternatives to the vaccine, after reporting 19 deaths from clots among people who received the shot.
Saudi Arabia has administered 15.7 million vaccine doses so far, enough to have inoculated 23% of the population, according to the Reuters COVID-19 tracker.
Asad Umar warned that countries not accepting vaccination certificates of Chinese vaccines would turn out to be a problem for the entire world if a decision was not taken on the issue at the global level.
"The more quickly we get ourselves vaccinated, the faster we will be able to rid ourselves of this menace," Asad Umar said, requesting people to get themselves vaccinated so that businesses could reopen and life could return to its normal state in Pakistan.
7,166 bus drivers, including 5,706 taxi drivers, vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of May 2021 in a campaign launched in coordination with the Department of Health and Abu Dhabi Health Service Company in Abu Dhabi Emirate.
Already battling a third wave of infections and increasingly nervous about the crisis across the border in India, the government has imposed the most severe restrictions since a one-month lockdown in April last year.
With 88 more deaths and 4,000 new cases of COVID-19 infections all over Pakistan, inoculation of people aged 30 years and above started from Saturday as the National Assembly was informed that local production of the anti-coronavirus vaccine has begun.