Pakistan logs 46 corona deaths, 1,664 infections in 24 hours

By: News Desk      Published: 08:26 AM, 2 Oct, 2021
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Health workers walk at a school after inoculating students with the Pfizer vaccine against the Covid-19 coronavirus, in Lahore.–AFP

Pakistan has registered another 46 coronavirus deaths and 1,664 infections during the last 24 hours (Friday), showed the data released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Saturday morning. 

As per the NCOC figures, after the addition of 46 new deaths, the overall toll has now surged to 27,831 whereas the number of total infections now stood at 1,248,202 after adding the fresh 1,664 cases.

During the last 24 hours (Friday), a total of 51,796 tests were conducted throughout Pakistan whereas the positivity ratio stood at 3.21 percent. The number of patients in critical care was 3,511.

During the last 24 hours (Friday), as many as 2,847 patients have recovered from the virus whereas the total recoveries stood at 1,173,437. As of Saturday, the total count of active cases in the country was recorded at 46,934.

As many as 458,697 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 432,190 in Punjab, 174,260 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 105,590 in Islamabad, 32,943 in Balochistan, 34,193 in Azad Kashmir and 10,329 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Moreover, 12,661 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab so far, 7,414 in Sindh, 5,559 in KP, 926 in Islamabad, 738 in Azad Kashmir, 349 in Balochistan and 184 in Gilgit Baltistan.

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENTS

Here are the global developments in the coronavirus crisis:

US surpasses 700,000 Covid deaths

US fatalities from Covid-19 surpassed 700,000 on Friday, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University, a toll roughly equivalent to the population of the nation's capital Washington.

The grim threshold comes with an average of well over 1,000 dying each day, in a country where 55.7 percent of the population is now fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

After a heavily criticized early response to the pandemic, the United States has since organized among the world's most effective vaccine roll-outs.

But it nonetheless finds itself having notched the most fatalities in the world, far exceeding other frontrunners such as Brazil and India, and facing a resurgence in cases due to the prominence of the highly contagious Delta variant.

While the latest global coronavirus wave peaked in late August, the virus continues to spread rapidly, particularly in the United States.

- Covid-19 drug promise -

Pharmaceutical company Merck says it will seek authorisation of its oral drug molnupiravir for Covid-19 after it was shown to reduce the chance newly infected patients were hospitalised by 50 percent.

- Killer Romania blaze -

A fire in a Romanian hospital has left seven virus patients dead in the latest tragedy involving the country's crumbling medical infrastructure.

Officials had earlier said nine Covid-19 patients had died in the blaze in the eastern seaside city of Constanta.

- Critical in Syria -

Covid-19 cases have soared to critical levels across Syria, with the rebel-held north particularly badly hit, officials tell AFP, with health facilities reaching maximum capacity and unable to cope.

- Russia's new grim record -

Russia broke its record daily virus toll again for a fourth day running, with 887 reported dead as infections continue to surge. 

- Sri Lanka lifts lockdown -

Sri Lanka lifts a near six-week lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus but maintains a night curfew and a ban on public gatherings and parties.

- Australia to open borders -

Australia will begin to reopen its borders "within weeks", 18 months after its citizens were banned from travelling overseas without permission.

- Mauritius welcome mat -

The Indian Ocean island nation fully opens its doors to international visitors hoping to rebuild its vital tourism industry after long months of isolation because of the pandemic.

- Football travel exemption -

Football players based in England will be able to represent their national teams in countries on the UK's travel red-list this month after a bespoke quarantine exemption is granted.

- More than 4.7 million dead -

The coronavirus has killed at least 4,780,108 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to an AFP compilation of official data. 

The US is the worst-affected country with 697,695 deaths, followed by Brazil with 596,749, India with 448,339, Mexico 277,505 and Russia 208,142.

Based on the latest reports, the countries with the most new deaths were the US with 2,694, followed by Russia with 887 and Brazil with 627.

With inputs from AFP.