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Islamabad becomes first Pakistani city to vaccinate 50pc population against coronavirus

ISLAMABAD: Achieving a new milestone, Pakistan’s federal capital has become the country’s first metropolis to achieve 50 percent COVID-19 vaccination, National Command and Operation Center Chief Asad Umar said Sunday.

The ruling party minister took to his official handle on microblogging site Twitter where he wrote “Islamabad has become the first city in Pakistan to have at least 50 percent of its eligible population [15 years & older] fully vaccinated.”

The caption further added, “71 [percent] of Islamabad eligible population has received at least 1 dose. Need to see an acceleration in other cities”.

The development came as the South Asian country has fully vaccinated more than 21.9 million people, while over 50.13 million received the first dose of the vaccine.

Meanwhile, the authorities have launched vaccination of youth up to 15 to 18 years of age as part of its efforts to inoculate the public.

Furthermore, the country’s top monitoring body on novel virus extended the Covid-induced restrictions in 24 districts of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Islamabad Capital Territory for another week in light of the spike in new infections.

NCOC had imposed some additional restrictions in 24 districts from September 4-11, closing schools and indoor gatherings besides restricting public transport.

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