Pakistan records sharp drop in coronavirus deaths

Country reports only 79 fatalities after days of 100-plus daily deaths

By: News Desk      Published: 10:31 AM, 3 May, 2021
Pakistan records sharp drop in coronavirus deaths
Youths ride their bicycles along a street during a lockdown imposed as a preventive measure to limit the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus in Karachi.–AFP

There was a sharp drop in the number of coronavirus fatalities as after days of hundred-plus daily death Pakistan reported only 79 fatalities and 4,213 new infections during the last 24 hours (Sunday), showed the figures released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Monday morning.

As per the latest NCOC statistics, after the addition of 79 deaths, the toll has now climbed up to 18,149 whereas the number of positive cases has now surged to 834,146, after adding 4,213 new ones.

As usual, Punjab remained the worst-hit province in terms of deaths and cases followed by Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

So far, 8,572 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab, 4,667 in Sindh, 3,392 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 691 in Islamabad, 483 in Azad Kashmir, 237 in Balochistan and 107 in Gilgit Baltistan.

Furthermore, 306,929 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Punjab, 285,626 in Sindh, 120,064 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 76,209 in Islamabad, 22,620 in Balochistan, 17,371 in Azad Kashmir and 5,327 in Gilgit Baltistan.

Pakistan has so far conducted 11,928,095 coronavirus tests and 45,954 during the last 24 hours (Sunday). As many as 728,044 patients have recovered in the country whereas 5,377 patients were in critical condition.

Punjab: Authorities reported 22 deaths due to the coronavirus, raising total casualties to 8,572. The province now has 306,929 confirmed cases; it reported 2,040 new infections after conducting 16,307 tests, a positivity ratio of 12.51 percent. There were 3,654 new recoveries recorded, leaving 253,687 fully recovered, and 44,670 active cases of the virus.

Sindh: Confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Sindh have now climbed to 285,626; it reported 888 new infections after conducting 16,469 tests, a positivity ratio of 5.4 percent. The province reported 9 deaths, raising toll to 4,667, while its recoveries rose by 444 to 265,276. Overall, the province now has 15,683 active cases of the novel coronavirus.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: During the past 24 hours (Sunday), the provincial government recorded 787 new infections after conducting 7,794 tests, a positivity ratio of 10.1 percent. Overall, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s confirmed cases have climbed to 120,064. It recorded 42 new deaths and 982 recoveries, raising toll to 3,392 and recoveries to 104,903. There are currently 11,769 active cases of COVID-19 in the province.

Balochistan: The province raised its confirmed cases to 22,620 with 92 new infections after conducting 558 tests, a positivity ratio of 16.5 percent. There were no deaths and 140 recoveries in the past 24 hours, leaving 237 fatalities and 20,926 fully recovered. There are now 1,457 active cases of COVID-19 in the province.

Islamabad: The federal capital raised its confirmed coronavirus cases by 317 to 76,209 after conducting 3,815 tests; a positivity ratio of 8.31 percent. There were no deaths and 522 recoveries in the past 24 hours, leaving 691 casualties; 63,481 recovered; and 12,037 active cases.

GB: Gilgit-Baltistan recorded 15 new cases of COVID-19 after conducting 385 tests, a positivity ratio of 3.9 percent; it now has 5,327 confirmed cases. The region reported no new deaths and 15 recoveries, leaving 107 fatalities and 5,102 fully recovered people. There are currently 118 active cases of COVID-19 in the region.

AJK: In Azad Kashmir, confirmed cases rose by 74 to 17,371 after conducting 626 tests, a positivity ratio of 11.82 percent. There were 6 deaths and 85 recoveries in the past 24 hours, leaving 483 fatalities and 14,669 fully recovered. It now has 2,219 active cases of COVID-19.

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENTS

Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:

- More aid arrives in india -

More emergency medical aid from foreign donors to alleviate a dire oxygen shortage arrives in India, as Covid-19 deaths in the South Asian nation rise to a new record.

The country of 1.3 billion reported 3,689 deaths on Sunday -- the highest single-day rise yet in the pandemic, to take the overall toll to more than 215,000.

Just under 400,000 infections were added, bringing the total number of cases past 19.5 million.

- Nigeria restricts passengers from India, Brazil -

Nigeria will ban entry to non-Nigerian passengers who have been in Brazil, India or Turkey in the last fortnight due to concerns over the spread of coronavirus, health authorities say.

The travel ban does not apply to passengers who have just transited through those countries.

All passengers arriving in Nigeria will now have to show a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of travel rather then the previous 96-hour period.

- Pfizer jabs for South Africa -

South Africa was awaiting delivery of the first batch of its 4.5 million Pfizer coronavirus vaccines as the country readies to start ramping up immunisation.

Some 325,260 doses were expected to land in Johannesburg with a similar number expected weekly until the end of this month.

- Brussels police teargas anti-lockdown partygoers -

Belgian police arrest 132 people as they used tear gas and water cannon to break up a banned anti-lockdown party in a Brussels park, according to an official report.

One partygoer was knocked out by a water cannon and 14 others were slightly injured -- including one struck by a police horse -- as riot police brutally dispersed the party on Saturday in scenes echoing a similar gathering in the park a month before. 

Three officers were hospitalised and a dozen slightly injured during clashes with the protesters.

- Britain defends aid cuts -

Britain defends cuts to its aid spending, stressing the budget impact of the coronavirus pandemic, after several UN agencies warned they would translate into thousands of deaths among the world's poor.

Despite the cut of £4 billion ($5.5 billion, 4.6 billion euros) to £10 billion in its aid budget, Britain remains a leading contributor among the G7 nations, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said as he prepares to chair a meeting of G7 foreign ministers in London this week.

- 20 million vaccine doses administered each day -

At least 1.15 billion vaccine doses have been administered worldwide, according to an AFP count based on official figures.

Around 20 million doses on average are being given each day.

- Nearly 3.2 million dead -

The coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 3.19 million people worldwide since the virus first emerged in late 2019, according to an AFP compilation of official data. 

The US is the worst-affected country with 576,722 deaths, followed by Brazil with 406,437, Mexico 217,168, India 215,542 and Britain 127,524. 

With inputs from AFP.