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Must meet vaccination targets to avoid 5th wave of Covid: Asad Umar

Updated 21 Oct, 2021
Pakistanis have been slow to get their Covid vaccines. Reuters
Pakistanis have been slow to get their Covid vaccines. Reuters

Minister for Planning Asad Umar tweeted Thursday about the importance of meeting vaccination targets to avoid the fifth wave of COVID-19.

In his tweet he said people will remain vulnerable if they are unvaccinated, irrespective of the decline in cases.

The second dose is vital for protection against COVID-19, he said.

He said best vaccination progress was in places like Islamabad, Peshawar, Gilgit and Mirpur while the progress is good in Skardu, Charsadda and Sargodha.

However, the following places needed improvement: Hyderabad, Nowshera, Faisalabad, Quetta, Karachi, Mingora and Mardan.

For the sixth day in a row, Pakistan reported under 1,000 cases of Covid in a day. According to data by NCOC, the breakdown of cases and deaths by province are as follows:

Sindh: 318 cases, 2 deaths Punjab: 162 cases, 8 deaths Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 94 cases, 5 deaths Islamabad: 28 cases, 1 death Balochistan: 11 cases Azad Jammu and Kashmir: 5 cases Gilgit-Baltistan: 4 cases

In related news, the NCOC tweeted the latest vaccine statistics showing 753,557 people had been vaccinated thus far on October 20.