Coronavirus kills 25, infects 1,436 in one day in Pakistan
As the second wave of coronavirus pandemic rages across the globe, Pakistan reported 25 more deaths during last 24 hours (Saturday) by Covid-19 coronavirus as the number of positive cases also surged to 343,189.
As per the latest figures released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Sunday morning, 1,436 people have been tested positive for Covid-19 during the last 24 hours (Saturday).
With the addition of 25 more fatalities, the nationwide death toll jumped to 6,968.
Sindh remained the worst-hit province by the pandemic in terms of cases followed by Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Islamabad.
As many as 149,542 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 106,577 in Punjab, 40,397 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 21,557 in Islamabad, 16,055 in Balochistan, 4,703 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and 4,358 in Gilgit-Baltistan.
Furthermore, 2,679 individuals have lost their lives in Sindh, 2,407 in Punjab, 1,288 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 154 in Balochistan, 238 in Islamabad, 93 in Gilgit Baltistan and 109 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
Pakistan has so far conducted 4,676,263 coronavirus tests and 32,350 in last 24 hours. 318,417 coronavirus patients have recovered in the country whereas 921 patients are in critical condition. On the other hand, 669 patients are in critical condition.
Earlier, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that the testing rate of coronavirus is increasing across the province. Addressing a meeting, the Sindh chief minister said that coronavirus is on the rise and that is why we have to compel people to follow SOPs.
He said that SOPs should be strictly enforced everywhere and at the same time, SOPs should be ensured at all religious places.
Weekend record cases in US
On the global front, President-elect Joe Biden vowed Saturday to name a group of top scientists to his coronavirus task force Monday -- as the United States registered a weekend record of new daily cases.
After three days of record highs, 122,075 new cases were recorded over 24 hours, according to Johns Hopkins University, a record in itself for a weekend.
Another 991 deaths were added to the fast-growing toll of victims, which now stands at 237,016.
"On Monday I will name a group of leading scientists and experts as transition advisors to help take the Biden-Harris plan and convert it into an actual blueprint that will start on January 20, 2021," Biden told supporters.
The pledge came in his first speech since being projected as the winner of the presidential election, signaling that he plans to prioritize the pandemic from the outset.
The US is the world's hardest hit country in terms of deaths and total infections, which now stand at more than 9.8 million.
The outbreak has been surging for weeks in almost every part of the country, with the Midwest suffering the worst effects.
Cases are expected to surge further as the country moves into winter and people switch to socializing indoors, prime conditions for spreading the virus.
Biden has placed his pandemic response plan at the center of his appeal to the American people, repeatedly rebuking President Donald Trump for grossly mishandling the public health response.
He was rewarded Saturday with victory over his election rival after a tense four days of ballot counting.
Latest global developments
Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:
- More than 49 million cases -
The virus has claimed at least 1,243,513 lives worldwide since it first emerged in China late last year, according to an AFP tally on Saturday at 1100 GMT based on official sources.
At least 49,316,544 cases have been registered across the globe.
The United States remains the most affected country, with 236,099 deaths. The countries with the next-highest death tolls are Brazil with 162,015, India with 125,562, and Mexico with 94,323.
- US new record -
More than 127,000 new infections are reported in the US, the third straight day of record cases.
- Mink link -
Britain bans entry to all non-resident foreigners coming from Denmark after a mutated version of the virus linked to mink farms was found in humans.
- Trump chief of staff -
Defeated US President Donald Trump's chief of staff Mark Meadows, 61, has tested positive for Covid-19, US media reports.
- Iran new record, new measures -
The Middle East's worst hit country announces a new record of more than 9,000 new cases, bringing its total caseload to 673,250. The death toll is at 37,832.
President Hassan Rouhani outlines new measures, including the closure of non-essential businesses such as malls, small retailers, cinemas and gyms from 6:00 pm for a month starting Tuesday.
- Real Madrid players positive -
The top-flight Spanish football giants announce two of their star players, Belgian forward Eden Hazard and Brazilian teammate Casemiro, have both tested positive for coronavirus.
- New restrictions in Poland -
New restrictions come into force in Poland where half a million cases have been recorded with cinemas, theatres and cultural venues closed. Only essential shops are open and from Monday primary school age children will join other pupils in distance learning.
- Protests turn violent -
German police say demonstrators protesting coronavirus restrictions have attacked them after the protesters are told to disperse in the city of Leipzig.
In the Slovenian capital Ljubljana a protest against a virus shutdown sparks some of the most violent scenes the country has seen in years, as police move in with teargas and water cannons to disperse the crowd.
In Madrid, hundreds of people march against what they call a coronavirus "dictatorship" and the restrictions imposed by the authorities to curb its spread.
With inputs from AFP.