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Pakistan records lowest COVID-19 numbers in almost four months

Pakistan recorded its lowest number of daily Coronavirus infections and related deaths in nearly four months on Tuesday, as life returns back to normal.

At least 689 new cases and 18 deaths were reported during the last 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry.

The national positivity ratio of those tested for COVID-19 was recorded at 1.6 per cent.

Pakistan has so far recorded 1,259,648 cases and 28,152 deaths.

Most of the new cases and related deaths during the fourth wave, which started in July, were caused by the Delta variant.

A downward trend in new infections in recent weeks encouraged authorities to ease restrictions and allow educational institutions including universities to return to 100 per cent capacity.

Pakistan’s vaccination campaign has picked up pace, although hesitancy was still a stumbling block for which authorities have employed several strategies.

Tough restrictions have been imposed with unvaccinated people being barred from domestic flights, trains, malls and restaurants.

More than 92 million people have received at least one dose of the vaccine so far and over 34 million people are fully vaccinated, according to the Health Ministry.

The vaccination drive started in February. The government was struggling to meet the target of fully vaccinating 80 million people, around half of the adult population, by the end of the year.

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