Corona cases climb up further in Pakistan with 1,683 infections, 24 deaths

By: News Desk      Published: 08:10 AM, 8 Jul, 2021
Corona cases climb up further in Pakistan with 1,683 infections, 24 deaths
People wait for their turn to get a dose of a vaccine against the Covid-19 coronavirus outside a mobile vaccination health unit in Lahore.–AFP

The daily coronavirus cases climbed up further in Pakistan during the last 24 hours (Wednesday) as the country registered 1683 infections and 24 deaths, showed the figures released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Thursday morning.

As per the latest NCOC statistics, with the addition of 24 new deaths the toll has now soared to 22,493 whereas the total number of cases has now reached 967,633 after adding 1,683 new ones.

During the past 24 hours (Tuesday), as many as 1,084 patients have recovered from the virus whereas the total recoveries stood at 910,609. As of Thursday, the total count of active cases was recorded at 34,531 and the positivity ratio stood at 3.33 percent.

As many as 343,303 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 347,347 in Punjab, 138,855 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 83,259 in Islamabad, 27,502 in Balochistan, 20,728 in Azad Kashmir and 6,639 in Gilgit Baltistan.

Moreover, 10,798 individuals have so far lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab, 5,552 in Sindh, 4,346 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 781 in Islamabad, 590 in Azad Kashmir, 315 in Balochistan and 111 in Gilgit Baltistan.

 GLOBAL DEVELOPMENTS

Here are the global developments in the coronavirus crisis:

- Four million dead -

The world passed the "tragic milestone" of four million recorded Covid-19 deaths on Wednesday, the World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says, adding that the true toll is likely higher.

- 'Extreme caution' - 

The WHO urges "extreme caution" for countries considering lifting Covid-19 restrictions, saying transmission of the virus will increase regardless of high vaccination rates.

- Indonesia ramps up measures -

Indonesia expands nationwide virus curbs to battle its deadliest wave yet, as the death toll rockets past 1,000 in 24 hours with the government warning the worst may be yet to come.

- Japanese emergency during Olympics? -

The Japanese government plans to impose a virus state of emergency in Tokyo during the Olympics, press reports say, in a decision that could impact allowing spectators into venues. 

- Vietnam hub lockdown -

Nine million people in Ho Chi Minh City are ordered to stay at home from early Friday for two weeks, state media say, as the commercial hub struggles to contain Vietnam's most serious Covid-19 outbreak so far.

- Yangon too -

Myanmar authorities announce stay-at-home measures for 1.5 million people in parts of the commercial capital Yangon, as the country reports its highest daily coronavirus caseload in months.

- Appeal for poorest -

The world's richest nations must do more to help the poorest countries withstand the "devastating double-blow" of the pandemic and the resulting economic damage, IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva says.

- Indian ministers resign -

Twelve Indian ministers, including the health chief Harsh Vardhan, resign following a catastrophic surge in Covid-19 cases in April and May.

- Springboks cancel match - 

World rugby champions South Africa call off a Test against Georgia scheduled for Friday after a coronavirus outbreak in the camp.

With inputs from AFP.