Coronavirus infections, positivity ratio take a plunge in Pakistan

NCOC reports 2,799 infections, 37 deaths as positivity ratio nosedives to 5.34%: Morocco resumes commercial flights

By: News Desk
Published: 08:20 AM, 8 Feb, 2022
Pakistan coronavirus
Caption: An elderly man prepares to receive a BioNtech Pfizer Covid-19 jab as a booster, accompanied by his wife (R), in Santiago, Chile.–AFP
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 The number of daily coronavirus infections continued to recede as Pakistan recorded 2,799 infections with the positivity ratio nosediving to nearly half of what it was when the latest wave started.

The statistics released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Tuesday morning showed that there was a consistent plunge in everyday coronavirus cases in Pakistan and the situation persisted during the last 24 hours (Monday) also as 2,799 infections and 37 deaths were registered.

As per the latest NCOC data, after the addition of 37 new deaths, the overall toll has now surged to 29,553 whereas the number of total infections now stood at 1,465,910 after adding the fresh 2,799 cases.

During the last 24 hours (Monday), 52,327 tests were conducted throughout Pakistan whereas the positivity ratio stood at 5.34 percent. The number of patients in critical care was 1,668.

During the last 24 hours (Monday), as many as 4,786 patients have recovered from the virus whereas the total recoveries stood at 1,349,189. As of Tuesday, the total count of active cases in the country was recorded at 87,168.

As many as 553,112 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 490,103 in Punjab, 204,084 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 131,987 in Islamabad, 34,853 in Balochistan, 40,826 in Azad Kashmir and 10,945 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Moreover, 13,267 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab so far, 7,906 in Sindh, 6,065 in KP, 990 in Islamabad, 764 in Azad Kashmir, 372 in Balochistan and 189 in Gilgit Baltistan.

 

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENTS

Here are the global developments in the coronavirus crisis:

- Impasse in Canadian truckers' protest -

Canadian authorities struggle to tackle a truckers' protest against Covid restrictions which has paralyzed the national capital for days and threatens to snowball into a full-blown political crisis for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

- Morocco reopens skies -

Morocco reopens its airspace in a bid to breathe life into its crisis-hit tourism sector, two months after it cancelled commercial flights over coronavirus fears.

- Turkish swimmer wanted -

Turkish prosecutors issue an arrest warrant for a former Olympic swimmer, Derya Buyukuncu, over tweets appearing to express relief that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan tested positive for Covid-19.

- Spotify won't silence Rogan -

The head of music streaming giant Spotify Daniel Ek condemns its controversial podcaster Joe Rogan's use of a racial slur but insists silencing the presenter also criticised for virus misinformation is not the answer.

- WHO, Commonwealth plea -

The World Health Organization and the Commonwealth of Nations issue a joint plea for vulnerable small states to get better access to Covid jabs to help revive their economies.

- Fourth jabs in Chile -

Chile starts administering fourth anti-Covid jabs to over 55-year-olds, as it faces a wave of soaring infections.

- Over 5.7 million deaths -

Coronavirus has killed at least 5,737,468 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to an AFP tally compiled from official sources on Monday.

The US has recorded the most Covid deaths with 902,624, followed by Brazil with 632,193, India 502,874 and Russia 336,023.

Taking into account excess mortality linked to Covid-19, the WHO estimates the overall death toll could be two to three times higher.

With inputs from AFP.