COVID-19: KP govt introduces mobile vans to vaccinate elderly citizens

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has inaugurated the mobile vaccination service in Peshawar to vaccinate elderly citizens against COVID-19.

Chief Minister Mahmood Khan said, “The objective of launching the mobile corona vaccination services is to serve and facilitate the senior citizens who cannot go to hospitals or do not want to go due to the prevailing third wave will be vaccinated at their homes.”

The chief minister said following a successful trial, the service will be extended to other districts soon. In the first phase, three vehicles will roam the outskirts of the provincial capital to administer the Covid-19 vaccine to people of 50 years of age or above, he informed.

Meanwhile, the provincial government has announced a partial lockdown during Eid days to control the spread of COVID-19.

The KP home department issued a notification in line with the recommendations of the National Command and Operations Centre’s decision to lock down the province from May 8 to May 16.

It has been decided to close all commercial and recreational activities across the province. All businesses, shopping malls, and eid bazaars will remain closed during the designated days.

Pakistan reported another 4,298 COVID-19 cases on Friday, while another 140 people lost their lives from the virus as the government is set to impose a lockdown ahead of extended Eid holidays.

According to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), Pakistan reported another 4.298 cases and 140 deaths in the previous 24-hour period. The national tally of coronavirus cases has reached 850,031 while the death toll stands at 18,677.

The number of active cases has reached while there are 5,711 people remain in critical condition. There were 44,846 tests conducted in the past day, while the positivity ratio was 9.58 %. Overall 746,755 people have recovered from the virus, including 4,631 in the past day.

Punjab remains an affected region and has recorded 314,517 cases and 8,891 1 deaths, while the number of active cases in the province stands at 40,979. Islamabad has recorded 77,414 cases and 702 deaths while there are 11,188 active cases in the federal capital.

The number of coronavirus cases in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa stands at 122,520 and 3,537 deaths while there are 10,521 active cases in the province. Sindh has recorded 289,646 cases and 4,698 deaths while Balochistan has recorded 23,016 cases and 243 deaths.