Pakistan loses 34 more people to coronavirus, detects 1,400 infections

By: News Desk      Published: 09:00 AM, 3 Jul, 2021
Pakistan loses 34 more people to coronavirus, detects 1,400 infections
People enjoy the beach during a hot summer day in Karachi after the government relaxed the coronavirus restrictions.–AFP

Another 34 people have lost their lives to coronavirus whereas 1,400 were infected during the last 24 hours (Friday) across Pakistan, showed the figures released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Saturday morning.

As per the latest NCOC statistics, with the addition of 34 new deaths the toll has now soared to 22,389 whereas the total number of cases has now reached 961,085 after adding 1,400 new ones.

During the past 24 hours (Friday), as many as 957 patients have recovered from the virus whereas the total recoveries stood at 906,387. As of Friday, the total count of active cases was recorded at 32,319 and the positivity ratio soared to 2.91 percent.

As many as 339,268 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 346,582 in Punjab, 138,306 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 82,845 in Islamabad, 27,295 in Balochistan, 20,458 in Azad Kashmir, and 6,331 in Gilgit Baltistan.

Moreover, 10,767 individuals have so far lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab, 5,497 in Sindh, 4,329 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 779 in Islamabad, 586 in Azad Kashmir, 310 in Balochistan and 111 in Gilgit Baltistan.

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENTS

Here are the global developments in the coronavirus crisis:

-'Historic' economic recovery -

President Joe Biden hails strong jobs figures as proof of a "historic" recovery in the US economy, saying "our economy is on the move and we have Covid-19 on the run."

- Bolsonaro probed -

The office of Brazil's attorney general says it has opened a probe into claims that President Jair Bolsonaro knew about, but failed to report, alleged corruption in the purchase of a coronavirus vaccine.

- Portugal curfew -

Nearly four million people in 45 Portuguese municipalities including Lisbon go under curfew again from 11 pm on Friday amid a resurgence in coronavirus infections.

- And Sierra Leone -

Sierra Leone will also enter a nationwide 11pm-5am curfew from Monday, as it seeks to cope with a third wave of Covid.

- Euro 2020 worry -

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warns when meeting Boris Johnson about the potential for spread of Covid when London hosts the Euro 2020 semi-finals and final at Wembley.

- No Russia lockdown - 

Russia says it will not impose a new lockdown despite reporting a record number of coronavirus deaths for the fourth day in a row, with 679 dead in 24 hours.

- No lockdown for jabbed -

Germany's health minister Jens Spahn says vaccinated people will not have to go into full lockdown again and will enjoy more freedoms than the unvaccinated in case of a coronavirus resurgence.

- Closed-door Games? -

Tokyo Olympics organisers warn they are prepared to hold the Games behind closed doors as virus cases rise in Japan, leaving ticket holders in limbo just three weeks before the opening ceremony.

- Nearly 4 million dead - 

The pandemic has killed at least 3,957,862 people since the virus first emerged in December 2019, according to an AFP compilation of official data at 1000 GMT Friday.

The United States is the worst-affected country with 605,019 deaths, followed by Brazil with 520,095, India with 400,302, Mexico 233,248 and Peru with 192,687.

The figures are based on reports by health authorities in each country, but do not take into account upward revisions carried out later by statistical bodies. 

The World Health Organization says up to three times more people have died directly or indirectly due to the pandemic than official figures suggest.

Indonesia cases skyrocket

Indonesia imposed a partial lockdown Saturday in the capital Jakarta, across the main island of Java and on Bali as the Southeast Asian nation grapples with an unprecedented wave of coronavirus infections.

Mosques, restaurants and shopping malls were shuttered in virus hotspots around the Muslim-majority country, which recorded more than 25,000 new cases and 539 deaths on Friday, both new daily records.

Indonesia's daily caseload has more than quadrupled in less than a month. But the country's official tally to date, which stands at 2.2 million cases and 59,534 deaths, is widely believed to be a severe undercount due to low testing.

The crisis has pushed Indonesia's creaky healthcare system to the brink of collapse with makeshift tents set up outside jammed medical facilities.

Hospital corridors are overflowing with the sick lying on gurneys, and infected patients have been turned away from hospitals unable to cope with the influx.

With inputs from AFP.