Pakistan reports another coronavirus death-free day

NIH data shows positivity ratio plunging below 3%: President Biden tests negative after second bout of Covid-19: China shortens suspensions for international flights linked to COVID-19 cases

By: News Desk
Published: 10:27 AM, 7 Aug, 2022
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Pakistan has reported another day without a single death from coronavirus during the last 24 hours (Saturday) and there was also a dip recorded in the number of daily infections which was 644, showed the figures released by the National Institute of Health Pakistan on Sunday morning, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

As per the NIH data, the death toll in the country remained the same at 30,505 while the number of total infections now stood at 1,559,201 after adding the fresh 644 cases.

During the last 24 hours (Saturday), 22,126 tests were conducted throughout Pakistan whereas the positivity ratio stood at 2.91 percent. The number of patients in critical care was recorded at 170.

During the last 24 hours (Saturday), another 405 patients have recovered from the Covid-19 in Pakistan and the number of total recoveries now stood at 1,519,058. As of Sunday, the total count of active cases in the country was recorded at 9,638.

As many as 591,750 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 516,040 in Punjab, 221,872 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 137,907 in Islamabad, 35,849 in Balochistan, 43,852 in Azad Kashmir and 11,931 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

As many as 13,590 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab so far, 8,194 in Sindh, 6,331 in KP, 1,028 in Islamabad, 793 in Azad Kashmir, 378 in Balochistan and 191 in Gilgit Baltistan.

President Biden tests negative after second bout of Covid-19

US President Joe Biden on Saturday tested negative for Covid-19, days after coming down with a second bout of the illness.

"The President continues to feel very well," Biden's physician Kevin O'Connor said in a statement. "This morning, his SARS-CoV-2 antigen testing was negative."

Biden, who at 79 is the oldest person to hold the US presidency, has been in quarantine for the past week, after testing positive for the virus following an initial recovery in what is known as a "rebound" case.

O'Connor said Biden will continue to isolate pending a second negative test "in an abundance of caution."

According to Biden's official schedule he is set to travel to the southern state of Kentucky, the scene of devastating floods, on Monday.

China shortens suspensions for int’l flights linked to Covid cases

China has shortened the suspension time for inbound international flights on routes found to have C

ovid-19 cases starting on Sunday (Aug 7).

The country's aviation regulator said in a statement on Sunday that flights on a route with an identified coronavirus case will be suspended for one week if four percent of passengers test positive, and two weeks if eight percent of passengers test positive.

Previously, the aviation regulator's policy was that if five passengers tested positive, the airline's flights for that route would be suspended for two weeks.

The suspension will last for four weeks if 10 or more passengers test positive.

The country reported 868 new coronavirus cases for Aug 6, of which 390 were symptomatic and 478 were asymptomatic, the National Health Commission said on Sunday.

That compares with 704 new cases a day earlier - 361 symptomatic and 343 asymptomatic infections, which China counts separately.

There were no new deaths, leaving the country's death toll at 5,226.

As of Saturday, mainland China had confirmed 230,886 cases with symptoms.

China's capital, Beijing, reported one new symptomatic case for Aug 6.

Shanghai and the southern technology hub of Shenzhen reported no new cases.

The country's holiday hot spot of Sanya, a city on the southern end of Hainan island, is grappling with an outbreak and said it had recorded 615 symptomatic and 213 asymptomatic cases from Aug 1 to Aug 6. The city imposed a lockdown on Saturday.

With inputs from AFP.