Coronavirus claims 30 more lives in Pakistan, 1,376 new cases reported
US daily Covid-19 cases hit new record, topping 120,000
Men wearing facemasks as a preventive measure against the Covid-19 coronavirus arrive for the annual Tablighi Ijtema (religious gathering) in Raiwind on the outskirts of Lahore.–AFP
The second coronavirus wave is getting deadlier in Pakistan too as another 30 people died of the infection during the past 24 hours, showed the latest data released by National Command and Operation Centre on Friday morning.
Most of these deaths were recorded in Sindh where 17 people lost their lives followed by five in Punjab.
It means that the coronavirus death toll in the country has now increased to 6,923 amid the rising infection and mortality rate.
Earlier on Wednesday 26 patients had died to the virus, making it the deadliest day for Pakistan in over three months.
On the other hand, the daily increase in new cases is also being witnessed with the virus found in 1,376 people on Thursday. The daily count was 1,302 on the previous day.
Hence, the overall number of the coronavirus cases officially reported in the country has reached 340,251 with most of the infections reported in Sindh, Islamabad, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa during the past 24 hours.
The region-wise distribution of the coronavirus cases is given as: Sindh 148,343, Punjab 105,856, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 40,148, Islamabad 20,967, Balochistan 16,033, Azad Kashmir 4,572 and Gilgit-Baltistan 4,332.
Meanwhile, the number of active cases in the country jumped to 16,242 with the net addition of over 900 new patients.
But there was a slight decrease in hospitalisation rate as the number dipped to 995 against 1,007 reported a day earlier.
Out of the hospitalised patients, 830 are receiving treatment in intensive care units due to their critical condition. Meanwhile, 130 of these critically ill patients have been placed on ventilators.
Also on Thursday, the number of people fully recovering from the infection increased to 317,086. Hence, a total of 324,009 cases have so far closed [deaths + number of people recovering from infection] in the country.
The day also saw further increase in testing rate with 35,745 tests being administered in different parts of the country after which the overall number has now increased to 4,609,513.
The country reported 123,085 new infections between 8:30 pm Wednesday and 8:30 pm Thursday (0130 GMT), and 1,226 more deaths, the tally by the Baltimore-based school showed.
On Wednesday, 99,660 new cases of the virus were reported. Thursday's tally shatters that record by 23,425 cases.
While deaths remain lower than their worst levels in the spring, Thursday was also the third day in a row that fatalities were above 1,000. The last time people were dying at that rate of Covid-19 in the US was early September.
More than 9.6 million people have been infected and 234,000 have died in the United States so far during the pandemic, by far the highest tolls in absolute terms globally.
The new record comes as US President Donald Trump, who survived a bout with Covid-19 in October and insists the virus will "disappear," was fighting for his political life Thursday with vote-counting from Tuesday's presidential election still ongoing.
His Democratic election rival Joe Biden has sought to turn the vote into a referendum on Trump's handling of the crisis, and vowed to listen to scientific recommendations on handling the pandemic should he take the White House.
With coronavirus cases surging across the country since mid-October, more than 100 million voters cast their ballot by mail or in person before Election Day -- the highest number of early voters ever -- as many Americans sought to avoid crowded polling booths.
The final election results have been partly delayed by the high number of mail-in ballots, which Trump alleges without evidence are fraudulent.
Health officials in some states have already sounded warnings about their ability to handle an influx in hospitalizations as the winter flu season looms.
The pandemic has also slammed the US economy, fueling a historic contraction in growth and tens of millions of job losses.
With inputs from AFP.