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It is not time to ask to take off the mask: Dr. Faisal Sultan

It may be recalled that in the last 24 hours, 67 more people died from the global epidemic of coronavirus in Pakistan (ONLINE)

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health Dr. Faisal Sultan has said that coronavirus is still present in Pakistan, it is not time to ask to take off the mask.

Addressing a function, Dr. Faisal said that vaccination prevents the harmful effects of the disease but makes sure to use a mask. He said that if vaccines are given and social distance is maintained, the epidemic can be reduced. “Only by taking precautions will we be able to control the fourth wave of the coronavirus,” he added.

Referring to the vaccination campaign in the country, the Special Assistant informed that almost 20 million people have been vaccinated against the coronavirus. He, however, warned that only abiding by the SOPs will keep the fourth COVID-19 wave under control.

The special assistant further talked about vaccinations and stated that vaccines only prevent side effects of the disease, adding that people should continue to wear masks. It may be recalled that in the last 24 hours, 67 more people died from the global epidemic of coronavirus in Pakistan while the total number of deaths rose to 26,787.

According to the latest figures released by the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), 2,988 more coronavirus cases were reported across the country in the last 24 hours. The total number of corona cases in the country has reached 1.27 million.

According to the NCOC, 53,158 coronavirus tests were conducted across the country in the last 24 hours. The rate of positive cases in the last 24 hours was 5.62 percent.  The number of cases of coronavirus in Sindh is 445,369, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 168,748, in Punjab 414,390, in Islamabad 122,863, in Balochistan 32,591 and in Azad Kashmir 33,000. 379 and 10,168 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

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The highest number of deaths due to COVID-19 was in Punjab where 12,225 people lost their lives while 7,159 in Sindh, 5,270 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 889 in Islamabad, 181 in Gilgit-Baltistan, 342 in Balochistan, and 721 in Azad Kashmir.