Pakistan posts 10 coronavirus deaths, 350 infections

Pfizer says three jabs of its vaccine are effective against Omicron variant

By: News Desk      Published: 08:06 AM, 9 Dec, 2021
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People wait after receiving a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine against Covid-19 during the first day of the application of the third dose to people over 60 years old at the Centro de Estudios Superiores Navales (CENCIS) in Mexico City.–AFP

Pakistan has registered another ten deaths and 350 infections from the coronavirus pandemic during the last 24 hours (Wednesday), showed the statistics released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Thursday morning.

As per the NCOC data, after the addition of ten new deaths, the overall toll has now surged to 28,803 whereas the number of total infections now stood at 1,288,053 after adding the fresh 350 cases.

During the last 24 hours (Wednesday), a total of 46,697 tests were conducted throughout Pakistan whereas the positivity ratio stood at 0.74 percent. The number of patients in critical care was 771.

During the last 24 hours (Wednesday), as many as 2,355 patients have recovered from the virus whereas the total recoveries stood at 1,249,421. As of Thursday, the total count of active cases in the country was recorded at 9,829.

As many as 477,299 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 443,682 in Punjab, 180,514 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 108,022 in Islamabad, 33,519 in Balochistan, 34,595 in Azad Kashmir and 10,422 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Moreover, 13,046 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab so far, 7,630 in Sindh, 5,874 in KP, 962 in Islamabad, 743 in Azad Kashmir, 362 in Balochistan and 186 in Gilgit Baltistan.

 

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENTS

Here are the global developments in the coronavirus crisis:

- Omicron may be 'milder' than Delta -

The head of the World Health Organization says early data indicates the Omicron variant could be milder than Delta but may more easily reinfect people who have already had the virus or been vaccinated.

- Three Pfizer jabs 'effective' against variant -

Three doses of the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine are "effective" against the variant, the German company that developed the jab says, promising an Omicron-specific version by March.

- Johnson advisor resigns -

A top advisor to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson resigns after a video emerged of senior aides joking about holding a Christmas party at Downing Street last year when social gatherings were banned.

- UN warns over forced vaccination -

The United Nations rights chief warns against forced vaccinations but does not object to fines for people who refuse to get jabbed.

- Vaccine pass 'a leash' -

Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro compares vaccine passes to a leash for animals as the country says it will not require vaccination certificates for travellers arriving in the country.

"Sometimes it is better to lose your life than to lose your freedom," Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga says.

- Spurs floored -

Thirteen Tottenham Hotspur players and staff test positive for the virus with more expected as doubts hang over their English Premier League match against Brighton on Sunday.

- Mass burial -

Papua New Guinea carries out the first in a series of mass burials, interring 54 people whose remains were unclaimed for months as the pandemic ravaged the poor Melanesian nation.

- Vienna Opera Ball falls -

The Vienna Opera Ball in February, the pinnacle of the social calendar in the Austrian capital, is cancelled for a second year running because of the pandemic.

- UN chief isolating -

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, 72, is isolating in New York after being exposed to the virus by an infected official.

- 'New Jews' -

Four Holocaust survivors file a lawsuit against far-right Dutch politician Thierry Baudet after he claims that non-vaccinated people are the "new Jews".

- Norway party limit -

Norway limits the number of people allowed at parties for a month to counter a surge in cases there.

- Sealand 'virus free' -

The micronation of Sealand -- once a British anti-aircraft platform in the North Sea -- proudly declares to AFP that it is only virus-free country in Europe.

- More than 5.2 million dead - 

The coronavirus has killed at least 5,270,700 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1100 GMT on Wednesday. 

The US has suffered the most Covid-related deaths with 791,514, followed by Brazil with 616,018, India with 473,952, Mexico with 295,601 and Russia with 284,823.

The countries with the most new deaths are the US with 1,735, followed by Russia with 1,179 and Poland with 591.

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.