ISLAMABAD: The National Comm­and and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Tuesday expressed satisfaction over the overall situation of Covid-19 in the country as the number of new cases and admissions to hospitals has decreased.

During the last 24 hours, five patients succumbed to the virus and 315 people were found infected. The national positivity ratio was calculated at 0.89 per cent.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued guidelines for treating children with multi-system inflammatory syndrome linked to Covid-19.

According to a statement, a session of the NCOC, presided over by federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar, discussed the pandemic’s curve chart data, national vaccine strategy and disease prevalence.

The participants were also briefed on Covid-19 positivity ratio.

“The forum expressed satisfaction at the overall situation, including low number of new cases and deaths due to Covid-19 pandemic, during the last 24 hours,” the statement said, adding that the number of patients who required admission to hospitals had also fallen.

The statement said the provinces had been requested to enhance the vaccine administration process in order to reach targets in time.

The NCOC data showed that the number of critical patients was 1,026 as of Tuesday compared to 6,000 in August this year.

The WHO, on the other hand, issued updated guidelines on the management of multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children associated with Covid-19 (MIS-C).

Published in Dawn, November 24th, 2021

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