17 more die of coronavirus in Pakistan; 977 new infections reported

By: News Desk      Published: 10:50 AM, 1 Nov, 2020
17 more die of coronavirus in Pakistan; 977 new infections reported
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Pakistan has recorded 17 more deaths during the last 24 hours (Saturday) due to the coronavirus as the number of new infections has surged to 333,970 with the addition of nearly 1,000 fresh cases, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The national death toll from the Covid-19 after the fresh 17 fatalities now climbed up to 6,823.

According to the latest figures released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Sunday morning, 977 persons have been tested positive for coronavirus during the last 24 hours (Saturday).

Sindh remained the worst-hit province in terms of cases followed by Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Islamabad. Till now 145,851 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Sindh, 104,271 in Punjab, 39,564 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 19,970 in Islamabad, 15,920 in Balochistan, 4,133 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and 4,261 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

As many as 2,627 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Sindh, 2,362 in Punjab, 1,277 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 151 in Balochistan, 222 in Islamabad, 92 in Gilgit Baltistan and 92 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

The country has so far conducted 4,458,890 coronavirus tests and 27,665 during the last 24 hours (Saturday). As many as 314,555 coronavirus patients have recovered in the country whereas 648 patients are in critical condition. There are now 12,592 active cases of the coronavirus in the country.

A total of 333,970 cases detected so far (AJK 4133, Balochistan 15920, GB 4261, ICT 19970, KP 39564, Punjab 104271, Sindh 145851)

Latest global developments

Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis around the world:

- Another lockdown for England -

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces a new coronavirus lockdown for England from Thursday to December 2, however schools will remain open this time around. "The virus is spreading even faster than the reasonable worst-case scenario of our scientific advisers," he tells a press conference.

The ramped-up response comes as Britain surpasses one million cases, with nearly 22,000 new infections on Saturday alone.

Devolved governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have already reimposed partial lockdowns.

- Austria, Greece, Portugal -

Austria also announced a lockdown, running from Tuesday to the end of November, with a curfew being imposed.

Greece meanwhile says it will have a partial lockdown from Tuesday, also with a curfew and closed restaurants and bars in Athens and other major cities.

Portugal joins in, announcing a partial lockdown that will cover 70 percent of the population.

"The moment has arrived when it is necessary to take more restrictive measures... in order to take control of this pandemic, Prime Minister Antonio Costa says.

Belgium will also tighten lockdown rules from Monday, closing non-essential businesses and restricting household visits.

- 45 million infections -

Covid-19 has killed at least 1,189,892 and infected 5,650,850 worldwide since emerging in China late last year, according to an AFP tally based on official sources.

The United States remains the most affected country, with 229,710 deaths from 9,048,177 cases. The countries with the next-highest death tolls are Brazil with 159,477, India with 121,641, and Mexico with 91,289.

Latin America and the Caribbean, the global region with the most infections, has passed 400,000 virus-related deaths, according to AFP's tally.

- Italy protests - 

Fresh rallies against new restrictions in Italy lead to clashes between demonstrators and police in Rome, where some in a crowd of a few hundred protesters threw bottles and firecrackers.

The clashes came a day after an unauthorised nighttime demonstration in Florence turned violent, with protesters hurling Molotov cocktails, bottles and rocks, overturning trash bins and breaking security cameras.

- Testing an entire population? -

Slovakia has taken on a new tactic against the pandemic -- testing every one of its 4.5 million people.

Some 45,000 medical workers, army and police have been deployed for the programme -- which if achieved would be a world first -- but medical professionals warn it could lead to an increase in cases.

National donut

Australia reported zero new locally transmitted coronavirus cases Sunday, the country's health minister announced, sparking celebrations online of the first "national donut" since June. Health Minister Greg Hunt said he received advice from the National Incident Centre that no cases were detected in the community in the 24 hours to 8:00 pm Saturday.

The country last reached the milestone nearly five months ago on June 9 before a second-wave outbreak in Victoria state saw a strict lockdown and overnight curfew imposed on Melbourne's five million residents. "Thankyou to all of our amazing health & public health workers & above all else the Australian people," Hunt tweeted Sunday.

Social media users dubbed it a "national donut", riffing on recent celebrations in Victoria when zero new daily cases were confirmed there and locals proclaimed it "Donut Day".

A small number of cases were recorded in border quarantine facilities housing travellers returning from overseas.

There are now less than 200 active cases of coronavirus across Australia, which has recorded just over 27,500 cases and 907 deaths since the pandemic began.

Australia stands in stark contrast to the United States and Europe, where tens of thousands of infections are being recorded each day.

Stay-at-home orders have been lifted in Melbourne, with restaurants, bars and shops reopening just as new national lockdowns are announced in France, Germany and England.

Authorities Down Under have now turned their focus to reuniting families split by virus measures, pledging to reopen internal borders and bring home thousands of stranded citizens from abroad before Christmas.

With inputs from AFP.