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Sindh not to inoculate people today due to vaccine shortage

CM says that the overall detection rate had fallen, but Karachi alone had an 8.08% detection rate.

Owing to a dearth of vaccines in the province, all immunisation centres in Sindh will remain closed on Sunday (today), the Sindh Task Force on Coronavirus announced Saturday after concluding a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah.

The health department briefed the meeting that 13,970 tests were conducted on Friday, resulting in 542 COVID-positive cases, which constituted a 3.9% detection rate. 

On this, the CM said that the overall detection rate had fallen, but Karachi alone had an 8.08% detection rate.

“Its District East has a 14% detection rate, South 10%, Central nine per cent, and Korangi and Malir seven per cent each, while Sukkur seven per cent as well.”

The meeting was told that Sindh had recorded 82 deaths stemming from COVID-19 over the past week, including 25 each in East and Central, eight in Korangi, six each in South and West, and four in Sukkur.

The meeting was also told that between June 3 and June 18, 263 patients had died, 151 (57%) on ventilators, 49 (19%) off ventilators and 63 (24%) at home.

As for the passengers who have landed at the Karachi airport, the meeting was told that, so far, 95% of the 42,532 passengers have been found to be COVID-positive.

The meeting was told that so far 3,243,988 vaccine doses have been received, of which 2,873,857 have been used and only 370,131 remain. Keeping in view the available vaccine stock, the CM decided to close all vaccination centres today.

Health Minister Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho said the federal government has informed her department that the Sputnik V vaccine will be provided to Sindh by the last week of June or the first week of July.

She said that 1.5 million doses of Sinovac will be provided tomorrow, 700,000 doses of CanSino, and 400,000 doses of PakVac on Wednesday. The CM said that sufficient doses will be received from next week to speed up the vaccination drive.

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