Pakistan logs 5,026 corona cases, 62 deaths, 8.82% positivity ratio

By: News Desk      Published: 07:41 AM, 1 Aug, 2021
Pakistan logs 5,026 corona cases, 62 deaths, 8.82% positivity ratio
Policemen divert traffic as a partial lockdown was imposed to curb the spread of Covid-19 coronavirus in Karachi.–AFP

 The single-day coronavirus infections in Pakistan have soared to 5,026 as the country reported another 62 deaths during the last 24 hours (Saturday), showed the figures released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Sunday morning.

As per the latest NCOC figures, with the addition of 62 new deaths the toll has now surged to 23,422 whereas the total number of cases has now reached 1,034,837 after adding 5,026 new ones.

During the past 24 hours (Saturday), as many as 1,495 patients have recovered from the virus whereas the total recoveries stood at 941,659. As of Sunday, the total count of active cases was recorded at 69,756 whereas the positivity ratio was recorded at 8.82 percent.

As many as 382,865 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 356,920 in Punjab, 144,264 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 87,699 in Islamabad, 30,432 in Balochistan, 24,501 in Azad Kashmir and 8,156 in Gilgit Baltistan.

Moreover, 11,059 individuals have so far lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab, 6,001 in Sindh, 4,462 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 803 in Islamabad, 625 in Azad Kashmir, 328 in Balochistan and 144 in Gilgit Baltistan.

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENTS

Here are the global developments in the coronavirus crisis:

- Fresh China outbreaks -

China's worst coronavirus outbreak in months has spread to two more areas, health authorities say, including a sprawling megacity of 31 million people.

Health officials blame the highly infectious Delta variant for a surge in infections spanning 14 provinces.

- 'The war has changed' -

The Delta variant of the coronavirus is as contagious as chickenpox, probably causes more severe disease, and breakthrough cases in vaccinated individuals may be as transmissible as unvaccinated cases, according to a leaked US government document.

- Zouk music pioneer dies -

Jacob Desvarieux, the Guadeloupean co-founder of Caribbean band Kassav' which shot to global fame in the 1980s by creating the fast-beat zouk music style, dies of Covid-19.

- Third weekend of French protests -

Tens of thousands of French protesters take to the streets for a third consecutive weekend, objecting to the government planned restrictions against non-vaccinated and non-tested people.

- UK appeal to pregnant women -

British health authorities have urged more pregnant women to get coronavirus jabs after a national study found the Delta variant appears to increase their risk of severe symptoms.

- Australia tightens restrictions -

Australia's third-largest city of Brisbane and other parts of Queensland state enters a snap Covid-19 lockdown Saturday as authorities race to contain an emerging outbreak of the Delta strain.

- Rwanda eases them -

Rwanda's government orders the lifting of a lockdown on the capital Kigali and eight other districts from Sunday, even though Covid cases are still on the rise.

- Olympic medallists penalised -

Two judo silver medallists from Georgia are stripped of their accreditation for leaving the Olympic Village in breach of rules, says an official from their National Olympic Committee.

- Four million dead -

The coronavirus has killed at least 4,212,847 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP.

The United States is the worst-affected country with 613,015 deaths, followed by Brazil with 555,460, India with 423,810, Mexico with 240,456 and Peru with 196,291 fatalities. 

The World Health Organization says up to three times the number suggested by official figures have died directly or indirectly as a result of the pandemic.

With inputs from AFP.