Pakistan logs 68 more coronavirus deaths, 4,455 infections in a day

By: News Desk      Published: 07:46 AM, 8 Aug, 2021
Pakistan logs 68 more coronavirus deaths, 4,455 infections in a day
Completely ignoring coronavirus SOPs, a man buys national flags at a roadside stall in Quetta.–AFP

Pakistan has reported another 68 deaths and 4,455 coronavirus infections during the last 24 hours (Saturday), showed the data released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Sunday morning.

As per the NCOC statistics, with the addition of 68 new deaths the overall toll has now climbed to 23,865 whereas the number of total infections stood at 1,067,580 after adding the 4,455 fresh ones.

As many as 55,002 tests were conducted during the last 24 hours (Saturday) whereas the positivity ratio stood at 8.09 percent.

During the last 24 hours (Saturday), as many as 2,148 patients have recovered from the virus whereas the total recoveries stood at 961,639. As of Saturday, the total count of active cases in the country was recorded at 82,076.

As many as 398,745 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 363,644 in Punjab, 147,973 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 90,503 in Islamabad, 31,138 in Balochistan, 26,874 in Azad Kashmir and 8,703 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Moreover, 11,194 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab so far, 6,189 in Sindh, 4,540 in KP, 814 in Islamabad, 645 in Azad Kashmir, 331 in Balochistan, and 152 in Gilgit Baltistan.

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENTS

Here are the global developments in the coronavirus crisis:

- Police fire on Thai protesters -

In Thailand, police fire tear gas and rubber bullets at hundreds of protesters in Bangkok demanding political reform and calling for a change to the sluggish coronavirus vaccination programme.

- Protests in France -

Protesters take to the streets across France for the fourth weekend in a row against a new coronavirus health pass needed for inter-city trains and many indoor public spaces, two days before the new rules come into force.

- Single-shot approval -

India gives emergency approval to Johnson and Johnson's single-shot coronavirus vaccine to ramp up its flailing immunisation campaign as fears grow of a new wave of infections

- Australia battles the virus -

Australia's state of New South Wales reports another record day of Covid-19 cases, and authorities in the country's second city of Melbourne rush to trace the source of its outbreaks.

- Unvaccinated at greater risk -

Unvaccinated people are more than twice as likely to be reinfected with Covid-19 as the fully vaccinated, according to a study by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

- Half of Americans jabbed -

Half of the US population is now fully vaccinated against Covid-19, the White House says, as inoculations rise in response to the surging Delta variant of the coronavirus.

- Over 4.2 million dead -

The coronavirus pandemic has killed at least 4,275,868 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 616,493 deaths, followed by Brazil with 561,762, India with 427,371, Mexico with 243,733 and Peru with 196,818. 

With inputs from AFP.