Sharp rise in coronavirus cases, positivity ratio in Pakistan

By: News Desk      Published: 08:25 AM, 7 Jul, 2021
Sharp rise in coronavirus cases, positivity ratio in Pakistan
Traders unload cattle from a truck at a cattle market set up for the upcoming Eidul Azha in Karachi amid coronavirus guidelines.–AFP
Sharp rise in coronavirus cases, positivity ratio in Pakistan

The coronavirus cases in Pakistan almost doubled during the last 24 hours (Tuesday) as compared to a day earlier with the positivity ratio also climbing up sharply, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Only 17 deaths were reported but the infections skyrocketed from 830 a day earlier to 1,517 during the last 24 hours (Tuesday), showed the figures released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Wednesday morning.

As per the latest NCOC statistics, with the addition of 17 new deaths the toll has now soared to 22,469 whereas the total number of cases has now reached 966,007 after adding 1,517 new ones.

During the past 24 hours (Tuesday), as many as 877 patients have recovered from the virus whereas the total recoveries stood at 909,525. As of Sunday, the total count of active cases was recorded at 34,013 and the positivity ratio stood at 3.27 percent.

As many as 342,228 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 347,180 in Punjab, 138,727 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 83,155 in Islamabad, 27,502 in Balochistan, 20,641 in Azad Kashmir and 6,574 in Gilgit Baltistan.

Moreover, 10,791 individuals have so far lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab, 5,536 in Sindh, 4,346 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 781 in Islamabad, 589 in Azad Kashmir, 315 in Balochistan and 111 in Gilgit Baltistan.

 

 GLOBAL DEVELOPMENTS

Here are the global developments in the coronavirus crisis:

- Indonesia oxygen emergency -

Indonesia is sourcing emergency oxygen for virus patients from neighbouring Singapore and calling for help from other countries as the archipelago is slammed by its deadliest wave and reports a record 728 deaths in 24 hours.

- US doses for Vietnam -

The United States sends Vietnam two million doses of Moderna Covid-19 vaccine, part of a first 80 million doses that President Joe Biden has pledged to allocate worldwide.

- $16.8 billion short -

The World Health Organization says its global appeal for funding for coronavirus vaccines, treatments, diagnostics and equipment is still $16.8 billion short -- almost half its total needs.

- Catalonia curbs -

Spain's Catalonia region reimposes virus curbs such as closing nightclubs to try and tame a spike in infections, particularly among unvaccinated young people.

- UK cases set to treble -

The UK announces plans to further relax its curbs, but warns that the number of daily new cases is set to more than treble to reach 100,000.

- Record daily deaths in Russia -

Russia reports 737 deaths in a new national record of pandemic-related fatalities over a 24-period, as the country battles a surge in cases.

- Uptick in Mexico -

Mexico sees a 22 percent jump in the estimated number of cases in the first half of June, after relaxing lockdown measures, although vaccinations are helping to limit the number of deaths, the government says.

- Cannes Festival opens -

The Cannes Film Festival opens with a slimmed down red carpet and many of its glitzy after-parties cancelled for the first fully fledged film festival since the start of the pandemic.

- Euro 2020 draw -

Young Londoners getting their first vaccine jabs this week will be entered in a draw to win tickets for the Euro 2020 football final, the city's mayor announces.

- Suu Kyi vaccinated -

Ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her personal staff have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 since being taken into military custody, her lawyer says, as the country battles a surge in cases.

- Nearly 4 million dead - 

The pandemic has killed at least 3,987,613 people since the virus first emerged in December 2019, according to an AFP compilation of official data at 1000 GMT on Tuesday. 

The United States is the worst-affected country with 605,567 deaths, followed by Brazil with 525,112, India with 403,281, Mexico with 233,689 and Peru with 193,389.

The figures are based on reports by health authorities in each country, but do not take into account upward revisions carried out later by statistical bodies. 

The World Health Organization says up to three times more people have died directly or indirectly due to the pandemic than official figures suggest.

With inputs from AFP.