Sharp drop in Pakistan coronavirus indicators

Single-day deaths plunge to 26, infections 912 only, positivity ratio 1.99%

By: News Desk      Published: 07:58 AM, 8 Oct, 2021
Pakistan coronavirus
Students stand in a queue as they wait for their turn for a dose of Pfizer vaccine against the Covid-19 coronavirus at a school in Lahore.–AFP

All the coronavirus indicators took a deep plunge with Pakistan registering a sharp decrease in single-day fatalities, infections and positivity rate, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The Covid-19 deaths were down to just 26, daily infections were nosedived to under 1,000 and the positivity ratio was also receded to under two percent after several months.

According to the statistics released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Friday morning, Pakistan recorded only 26 coronavirus deaths and only 912 infections during the last 24 hours (Thursday).

As per the NCOC figures, after the addition of 26 new deaths, the overall toll has now surged to 28,058 whereas the number of total infections now stood at 1,256,233 after adding the fresh 912 cases.

During the last 24 hours (Thursday), a total of 45,619 tests were conducted throughout Pakistan whereas the positivity ratio stood at 1.99 percent. The number of patients in critical care was 2,763.

During the last 24 hours (Thursday), as many as 1,633 patients have recovered from the virus whereas the total recoveries stood at 1,184,527. As of Friday, the total count of active cases in the country was recorded at 43,648.

As many as 462,155 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 435,040 in Punjab, 175,358 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 105,983 in Islamabad, 33,040 in Balochistan, 34,316 in Azad Kashmir and 10,341 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

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Moreover, 12,757 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab so far, 7,474 in Sindh, 5,623 in KP, 930 in Islamabad, 739 in Azad Kashmir, 349 in Balochistan and 186 in Gilgit Baltistan.

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENTS

Here are the global developments in the coronavirus crisis:

- US jabs for kids -

Pfizer says it has formally requested emergency use authorisation in the United States for its Covid-19 vaccine in children aged five-11.

- India reopens to tourists -

India will re-open for tourists from October 15 after being closed for more than a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the government says.

- Finland restricts Moderna -

Finnish health authorities say they will follow Nordic neighbours Sweden, Norway and Denmark and stop giving Moderna's Covid-19 jab to men under 30, over fears of heart inflammation side effects.

- Moderna Africa plant -

Moderna announces it will build a plant in vaccine-hungry Africa, with the goal of producing up to 500 million doses of vaccines each year.

- Burundi vaccines at last -

Burundi, one of the last three countries in the world to start inoculating its population against Covid-19, says it expects to receive vaccines between October 25 and the first half of November.

- Ukraine teachers -

Ukraine orders mandatory Covid-19 jabs for teachers and some government officials as the country faces growing infection rates and a sluggish vaccination drive. 

- Downbeat Mideast outlook -

The World Bank projects 2.8 percent growth for the Middle East and North Africa region's economy in 2021, with total losses from the pandemic estimated to reach almost $200 billion by the end of this year.

- BA, Ryanair let off -

Britain rules that British Airways and Irish carrier Ryanair are not obliged to refund customers whose flights were cancelled because of the pandemic.

- More than 4.8 million dead -

The coronavirus has killed at least 4,822,267 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to an AFP compilation of official data. 

The US is the worst-affected country with 707,788 deaths, followed by Brazil with 599,359, India with 449,856, Mexico 280,607 and Russia with 213,549.

Based on the latest reports, the countries with the most new deaths were the US with 2,591 new deaths, followed by Russia with 924 and Mexico with 711. 

With inputs from AFP.