Pakistan reports nine more coronavirus deaths, 310 infections
Omicron variant 'almost certainly' not more severe than Delta
A Chilean nurse inoculating a five-year-old girl against the novel coronavirus disease with China's Sinopharm vaccine, in Santiago.–AFP
Pakistan has recorded another nine deaths and 310 infections from the coronavirus pandemic during the last 24 hours (Tuesday), showed the figures released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Wednesday morning.
During the last 24 hours (Tuesday), a total of 43,503 tests were conducted throughout Pakistan whereas the positivity ratio stood at 0.71 percent. The number of patients in critical care was 783.
Statistics 8 Dec 21:— NCOC (@OfficialNcoc) December 8, 2021
Total Tests in Last 24 Hours: 43,503
Positive Cases: 310
Positivity %: 0.71%
Deaths : 9
Patients on Critical Care: 783
During the last 24 hours (Tuesday), as many as 283 patients have recovered from the virus whereas the total recoveries stood at 1,247,066. As of Wednesday, the total count of active cases in the country was recorded at 11,844.
As many as 477,119 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 443,610 in Punjab, 180,471 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 107,989 in Islamabad, 33,514 in Balochistan, 34,586 in Azad Kashmir and 10,414 in Gilgit-Baltistan.
Moreover, 13,044 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab so far, 7,630 in Sindh, 5,868 in KP, 961 in Islamabad, 742 in Azad Kashmir, 362 in Balochistan and 186 in Gilgit Baltistan.
Here are the global developments in the coronavirus crisis:
- Omicron 'almost certainly' not worse -
Top US scientist Anthony Fauci tells AFP that while it will take weeks to judge the severity of the new Covid-19 variant Omicron, early indications suggest it is not worse than prior strains, and possibly milder.
- Stocks, oil rally -
Global stock markets rally on fading fears over dangers arising from the new variant. And oil prices surge higher as traders see less of an impact from Omicron on energy demand.
- EU health ministers meet -
EU health ministers meet as they seek greater coordination of bloc-wide measures in response to the Omicron variant, such as travel recommendations, and to hear pleas to accelerate vaccinations.
- New Poland measures -
Poland says it will restrict numbers of people allowed in churches, restaurants and theatres from December 15 and plans to make Covid-19 vaccination compulsory for healthcare workers, teachers and the military from March.
- And Sweden -
Sweden says it will introduce a series of anti-Covid measures as a "precaution", including extending a vaccination pass introduced on December 1 for indoor events of more than 100 people to restaurants and gyms.
- Spain, Portugal: Jabs for 5-11s -
Spain approves Covid-19 vaccinations for children aged five to 11, an age group where coronavirus cases are spreading rapidly. Portuguese health authorities also recommend the jabs for the age group.
- 'Mix and match' vaccines -
EU health authorities back using a mix of Covid-19 vaccines, saying it could in some cases produce a better response than a single jab.
The best results came from using a so-called viral vector shot such as AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson first, followed by messenger RNA (mRNA) jabs like Pfizer and Moderna afterwards, they say.
- Positive vaccine trial -
British pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline and Canada's Medicago report positive results with a candidate Covid-19 vaccine in a large-scale trial, although the tests were carried out before the Omicron variant emerged.
- Finland PM criticised -
Finland's prime minister Sanna Marin comes under sustained criticism after it is revealed she stayed out dancing until the early hours on the weekend despite knowing she had been exposed to Covid-19.
- Chelsea, Spurs hit -
Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic tests positive for Covid-19 a day after returning to training. And Tottenham are hit by an outbreak ahead of a key Europa Conference League match against Rennes, reports say.
- More than 5.2 million dead -
The coronavirus has killed at least 5,261,473 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1100 GMT on Tuesday.
The US has suffered the most Covid-related deaths with 789,745, followed by Brazil with 615,744, India with 473,757, Mexico with 295,313 and Russia with 283,644.
Taking into account excess mortality linked to Covid-19, the World Health Organization estimates the overall death toll could be two to three times higher.
With inputs from AFP.