Pakistan posts 11 more coronavirus deaths, 515 infections

By: News Desk      Published: 07:52 AM, 5 Nov, 2021
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A young American girl receives the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination at the Fairfax County Government Center in Annandale, Virginia.–AFP

Pakistan has recorded another 11 deaths and 515 infections from the coronavirus pandemic during the last 24 hours (Thursday), showed the statistics released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Friday morning. 

As per the NCOC data, after the addition of 11 new deaths, the overall toll has now surged to 28,507 whereas the number of total infections now stood at 1,275,573 after adding the fresh 515 cases.

During the last 24 hours (Thursday), a total of 44,148 tests were conducted throughout Pakistan whereas the positivity ratio stood at 1.16 percent. The number of patients in critical care was 1,229.

During the last 24 hours (Thursday), as many as 340 patients have recovered from the virus whereas the total recoveries stood at 1,224,425. As of Friday, the total count of active cases in the country was recorded at 22,741.

As many as 471,205 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 440,788 in Punjab, 178,427 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 107,063 in Islamabad, 33,307 in Balochistan, 34,491 in Azad Kashmir and 10,392 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Moreover, 12,940 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab so far, 7,580 in Sindh, 5,761 in KP, 943 in Islamabad, 741 in Azad Kashmir, 356 in Balochistan and 186 in Gilgit Baltistan.

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENTS

Here are the global developments in the coronavirus crisis:

- US vaccine deadline -

Strict rules intended to push tens of millions of American workers into receiving vaccines against Covid-19 will come into effect on January 4, President Joe Biden's administration announces.

- 'Grave concern' over Europe -

The rising number of cases in Europe is of "grave concern" and the region could see another half a million deaths by early next year, the World Health Organization warns.

- Anti-Covid pill -

Britain becomes the first country to approve use of Merck's anti-viral pill to treat patients suffering from mild to moderate coronavirus infections.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) says it will also try to accelerate the review of whether to formally green-light the pill.

- Record surge in Germany, Croatia -

Germany sees its biggest daily rise in infections since the pandemic began, with 33,949 new cases in the past 24 hours.

And Croatia, which has some of Europe's lowest inoculation rates, records its highest coronavirus infection rate in a single day at 6,310.

- Visitors flock to Eiffel Tower -

The Eiffel Tower is clocking up visitor numbers not seen since Covid-19 kept most tourists away, the attraction's operator says.

- Vienna tightens curbs -

The Austrian capital Vienna will tighten coronavirus restrictions to only allow those vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19 to enter restaurants, go to hairdressers and attend bigger gatherings.

- Colombia vaccine pass -

Colombia will from November 16 demand a vaccination certificate to enter bars, restaurants, sporting and cultural events.

- Moderna sees fewer deliveries -

Moderna cuts its 2021 forecast for Covid-19 vaccine deliveries, pushing back some doses to next year, citing longer delivery times for international shipments.

- More than five million dead - 

The coronavirus has killed at least 5,020,845 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP on Thursday. 

The US has suffered the most Covid-related deaths with 750,431, followed by Brazil with 608,235, India with 459,652, Mexico with 288,887 and Russia with 243,255.

Also Read: WHO warns of 500,000 more coronavirus deaths in Europe

The US has also the most new deaths with 2,183, followed by Russia with 1,195 and Ukraine with 699. 

Taking into account excess mortality linked to Covid-19, the WHO estimates the overall death toll could be two to three times higher.

With inputs from AFP.