Pakistan records another 29 corona deaths, 6,047 infections

WHO warns it’s too early for countries to either declare victory over Covid-19 or give up attempts to halt transmission

By: News Desk
Published: 07:59 AM, 2 Feb, 2022
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Pakistan has recorded another 6,047 coronavirus infections and 29 deaths during the last 24 hours (Tuesday) amid the spread of Omicron variant throughout the country, showed the statistics released by National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Wednesday morning.

As per the latest NCOC data, after the addition of 29 new deaths, the overall toll has now surged to 29,330 whereas the number of total infections now stood at 1,436,413 after adding the fresh 6,047 cases.

During the last 24 hours (Tuesday), 61,190 tests were conducted throughout Pakistan whereas the positivity ratio dropped to 9.88 percent. The number of patients in critical care was 1,559.

During the last 24 hours (Tuesday), as many as 9,590 patients have recovered from the virus whereas the total recoveries stood at 1,304,980. As of Wednesday, the total count of active cases in the country was recorded at 102,103.

As many as 544,722 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 482,316 in Punjab, 196,328 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 129,004 in Islamabad, 34,501 in Balochistan, 38,805 in Azad Kashmir and 10,737 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

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Moreover, 13,185 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab so far, 7,840 in Sindh, 6,009 in KP, 982 in Islamabad, 758 in Azad Kashmir, 368 in Balochistan and 188 in Gilgit Baltistan.

 

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENTS

Here are the global developments in the coronavirus crisis:

- 'Too early' to cry victory -

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warns that it is too early for countries to either declare victory over Covid-19 or give up attempts to halt transmission.

- Denmark goes back to normal -

Denmark becomes the first European Union country to lift all of its Covid restrictions despite record numbers of cases, relying on its high vaccination rate to cope with the Omicron variant.

- France to ease curbs  -

France on Wednesday starts lifting its Covid restrictions, including outdoor wearing of masks and work from home obligations, despite a very high number of cases.

- Jabs for under-fives? -

Pfizer and BioNTech will soon ask US regulators for emergency authorisation for a Covid-19 vaccine for children aged five and under, US media report.

- Catalonia nightclubs to reopen -

Discotheques and nightclubs can reopen from February 11 in the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia, the government there says.

- Portuguese PM positive -

Portugal's Prime Minister Antonio Costa tests positive for coronavirus, as he prepares to govern solo just days after scoring a parliamentary majority.

- Olympics to have crowds -

A senior Olympics official says venues at the Beijing Winter Games -- which open this week -- could be up to half full, countering fears that restrictions would lead to a second consecutive Games without spectators.

- Swimming championship off -

The swimming world championships scheduled to take place in the Japanese city of Fukuoka in July are postponed until 2023 because of the virus.

- Over 5.6 million dead -

The coronavirus has killed at least 5,671,154 million people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to an AFP tally compiled from official sources on Tuesday.

The United States has recorded the most Covid deaths with 886,687, followed by Brazil with 627,138 and India on 496,242.

Taking into account excess mortality linked to Covid-19, the WHO estimates the overall death toll could be two to three times higher.

With inputs from AFP.