Pakistan records 4,113 coronavirus cases, 119 deaths in 24 hours

By: News Desk      Published: 10:38 AM, 5 May, 2021
Pakistan records 4,113 coronavirus cases, 119 deaths in 24 hours
A barber wearing a facemask attends a customer at his roadside stall in Rawalpindi.–AFP

As there were no signs of any easing of the coronavirus situation, Pakistan has reported 119 more deaths and over 4,000 infections from the coronavirus during the last 24 hours (Tuesday), showed the data released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Wednesday morning.

As per the latest NCOC figures, after the addition of 4,113 news infections, the number of positive cases in Pakistan has now surged to 841,636. The nationwide tally of fatalities has jumped to 18,429, after adding the 119 new deaths.

The positivity ratio in Pakistan stood at 9.17% as of today whereas the number of active cases was reported at 84,480. In addition, nationwide recoveries were recorded at 738,727.

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

So far, 310,616 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Punjab, 287,643 in Sindh, 121,099 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 22,776 in Balochistan, 76,696 in Islamabad, 17,397 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and 5,341 in Gilgit Baltistan.

Furthermore, 8,741 individuals have lost their lives to the virus in Punjab, 4,687 in Sindh, 3,466 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 239 in Balochistan, 698 in Islamabad, 491 in Azad Kashmir and 107 in Gilgit Baltistan.

Pakistan has conducted 44,838 tests during the past 24 hours (Tuesday) out of which 4,113 persons were tested positive for the disease.

Punjab: Authorities reported 58 deaths due to the coronavirus, raising total casualties to 8,741. The province now has 310,616 confirmed cases; it reported 2,087 new infections after conducting 16,844 tests, a positivity ratio of 12.39 percent. There were 3,285 new recoveries recorded, leaving 260,241 fully recovered, and 41,634 active cases of the virus.

Sindh: Confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Sindh have now climbed to 287,643; it reported 1,122 new infections after conducting 15,297 tests, a positivity ratio of 7.33 percent. The province reported 9 deaths, raising toll to 4,687, while its recoveries rose by 612 to 266,388. Overall, the province now has 16,568 active cases of the novel coronavirus.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: During the past 24 hours (Tuesday), the provincial government recorded 509 new infections after conducting 7,131 tests, a positivity ratio of 7.14 percent. Overall, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s confirmed cases have climbed to 121,099. It recorded 43 new deaths and 1,030 recoveries, raising toll to 3,466 and recoveries to 106,557. There are currently 11,076 active cases of COVID-19 in the province.

Balochistan: The province raised its confirmed cases to 22,776 with 112 new infections after conducting 628 tests, a positivity ratio of 17.83 percent. There were no deaths and 136 recoveries in the past 24 hours, leaving 239 fatalities and 21,150 fully recovered. There are now 1,387 active cases of Covid-19 in the province.

Islamabad: The federal capital raised its confirmed coronavirus cases by 204 to 76,696 after conducting 4,035 tests; a positivity ratio of 5.06 percent. There were 5 deaths and 488 recoveries in the past 24 hours, leaving 698 casualties; 64,421 recovered; and 11,577 active cases.

GB: Gilgit-Baltistan recorded 11 new cases of Covid-19 after conducting 396 tests, a positivity ratio of 2.78 percent; it now has 5,341 confirmed cases. The region reported no new deaths and 4 recoveries, leaving 107 fatalities and 5,114 fully recovered people. There are currently 120 active cases of COVID-19 in the region.

AJK: In Azad Kashmir, confirmed cases rose by 68 to 17,465 after conducting 507 tests, a positivity ratio of 13.41 percent. There were 4 deaths and 110 recoveries in the past 24 hours, leaving 491 fatalities and 14,856 fully recovered. It now has 2,118 active cases of Covid-19.

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENTS

Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:

- US target -

President Joe Biden wants 70 percent of adults in the US to have received at least one shot of the Covid-19 vaccine by the July 4 Independence Day holiday, the White House says.

- European jabs -

A quarter of the European Union's population have received at least one Covid-19 vaccine jab. EU chief Ursula von der Leyen says the bloc is on track to have 70 percent of adults immunised by late July.

- India cases top 20 million -

Infections in India soar past 20 million as the pandemic continues to wreak havoc in the country's hospitals.

- EU reviews Sinovac -

The European drugs regulator says it has started a "rolling review" of China's Sinovac coronavirus jab, a process that could lead to eventual approval for the European market.

- Pfizer profits -

Pfizer says it estimates 2021 revenues of $26 billion from its vaccine, reflecting 1.6 billion doses expected to be delivered this year.

- German easing - 

People who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will no longer have to abide by curfews and contact restrictions in Germany under a draft law agreed by the cabinet.

- 'Corona pass' -

Denmark introduces a "corona pass" certificate as it reopens cultural and sports venues, restaurants and hairdressers.

- New Tanzanian approach -

Tanzania announces new testing and quarantine measures to control the spread of coronavirus in a departure from the approach taken by late Covid-sceptic leader John Magufuli.

- New Singapore curbs -

Singapore announces new coronavirus restrictions including a ban on spectators at sporting events as clusters of infections rise.

- Lufthansa plan -

Lufthansa's shareholders  approve a plan for the airline to raise 5.5 billion euros ($6.6 billion) on the markets in order to start paying down state aid that has kept it aloft during the pandemic.

- Spain extends bans -

Spain extends a ban on arrivals from Brazil and South Africa until May 25 to curb the spread of new coronavirus strains.

- La Liga probe -

Spain's La Liga is investigating whether a party organised by Barcelona players at their captain Lionel Messi's home broke Covid-19 protocol.

- Over 3.2 million dead -

The coronavirus pandemic has killed at least 3,214,644 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 577,500 deaths, followed by Brazil with 408,622, India 222,408, Mexico 217,345 and Britain 127,539. 

With inputs from AFP.