Pakistan logs 42 new coronavirus deaths, 1,163 infections in 24 hours

By: News Desk      Published: 10:30 AM, 2 Mar, 2021
Pakistan logs 42 new coronavirus deaths, 1,163 infections in 24 hours

Another 42 people lost their lives due to coronavirus whereas 1,163 new infections were reported during the last 24 hours (Monday), showed the data released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Tuesday morning.

As per the latest NCOC statistics, with the addition of 42 new fatalities the death toll has surged to 12,938 while the number of total confirmed cases stood at 582,528, after adding 1,163 fresh ones.

During the past 24 hours (Monday), 1,035 patients have recovered from the virus while the number of total recoveries stood at 547,406. The total count of active coronavirus cases across Pakistan was 22,184.

As many as 258,412 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 172,683 in Punjab, 72,615 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 44,516 in Islamabad, 19,066 in Balochistan, 10,280 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and 4,956 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

As many as 5,391 individuals have lost their lives to the epidemic in Punjab, 4,353 in Sindh, 2,085 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 501 in Islamabad, 306 in Azad Kashmir, 200 in Balochistan, and 102 in Gilgit Baltistan.

A total of 31,948 tests were conducted during the last 24 hours (Monday) while 9,022,124 samples have been tested so far.

On Monday, the 12th match of this year's Pakistan Super League (PSL) had been rescheduled for tomorrow after Islamabad United's leg-spinner-batsman Fawad Ahmed tested positive for Covid-19.

Global developments

These are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:

- First Covax jabs -

Ghana and its West African neighbour Ivory Coast become the world's first states to administer vaccines from Covax, a global scheme to procure free Covid jabs for poorer countries.

- US gets its J&J jabs -

Deliveries of four million doses of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine begin in the US with all expected to be dispatched by Tuesday, in a development that helps global markets bounce back from last week's slump.

- IP row -

As new head Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala takes up her post, the World Trade Organization thrashes out a row over calls by India and South Africa to waive intellectual property rights for Covid-19 vaccines, at a two-day general council.

- No end this year -

It is unrealistic to think that the world will be done with the Covid-19 pandemic by the end of the year, but it might be possible to reduce hospitalisations and deaths, The World Health Organization's emergencies director Michael Ryan says.

- Uruguay last in S.America -

Uruguay, the last country in South America to receive delivery of coronavirus vaccines, starts its inoculation campaign with the Chinese CoronaVac shot, with a focus on teachers, soldiers, police and firefighters.

- Finnish state of emergency -

Finland activates emergency powers as the government prepares to introduce tougher restrictions, to stem a rising tide of infections

- Germany eases curbs -

Germany eases some restrictions, with hairdressers reopening for the first time in two and a half months and florists and garden centres allowed to open in certain states such as Bavaria.

- Turkey too...-

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announces the easing of some restrictions in force since December, including shortening a weekend curfew and reopening restaurants, in places with lower infection rates.

- France: 'four to six weeks' - 

French President Emmanuel Macron says citizens will have to "hold out" for another "four to six weeks" before coronavirus curbs can be eased, as the authorities mull tighter restrictions for 20 of the country's departments.

- EU vaccine pass -

The European Union executive says it will propose rules for a vaccine digital "green pass" this month, which would aim to provide proof both of vaccination and of Covid test results. 

- Sign of hope? -

United Airlines reaches an agreement to purchase 25 more Boeing 737 MAX aircraft for delivery in 2023, in a sign of an expected post-coronavirus travel industry recovery.

- 'Draconian' surveillance -

Israel's top court rules the government must curb its use of the domestic spy agency Shin Bet to track coronavirus infections, saying "draconian" surveillance is undemocratic.

- 'Biological weapon' -

Close to two out of three Russians -- 64 percent -- believe that the coronavirus is a man-made biological weapon, according to a survey by the independent Levada Centre.

- More than 2.5 million dead -

The virus has killed at least 2,531,448 people since it emerged in China in December 2019, according to an AFP tally compiled from official sources.

The US is the worst-affected country with 513,092 deaths, followed by Brazil (254,942), Mexico (185,715), India (157,157) and the UK (122,849).

With inputs from AFP.