Coronavirus positivity ratio crashes to under 1% in Pakistan

NCOC data shows 11 more Covid deaths, 400 infections during last 24 hours

By: News Desk      Published: 08:08 AM, 9 Nov, 2021
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Another sign of receding coronavirus cases in Pakistan as traders gather at a fruit market in Lahore.–AFP

The coronavirus positivity ratio crashed to under one percent as Pakistan recorded a further slide in Covid-19 fatalities and infections.

According to the statistics released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Tuesday morning, Pakistan has reported 11 more deaths and 400 infections from the coronavirus pandemic during the last 24 hours (Monday). 

As per the NCOC data, after the addition of 11 new deaths, the overall toll has now surged to 28,558 whereas the number of total infections now stood at 1,277,560 after adding the fresh 400 cases.

During the last 24 hours (Monday), a total of 42,373 tests were conducted throughout Pakistan whereas the positivity ratio stood at 0.94 percent. The number of patients in critical care was 1,206.

During the last 24 hours (Monday), as many as 277 patients have recovered from the virus whereas the total recoveries stood at 1,226,157. As of Tuesday, the total count of active cases in the country was recorded at 22,845.

As many as 472,213 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 441,257 in Punjab, 178,687 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 107,169 in Islamabad, 33,345 in Balochistan, 34,495 in Azad Kashmir and 10,394 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

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Moreover, 12,954 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab so far, 7,598 in Sindh, 5,774 in KP, 947 in Islamabad, 741 in Azad Kashmir, 358 in Balochistan and 186 in Gilgit Baltistan.

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENTS

Here are the global developments in the coronavirus crisis:

- Danish health pass returns -

The Danish government says it is bringing back the health pass less than two months after scrapping Covid restrictions as new infections soar.

- No Moderna for under 30s -

France's National Health Authority advises against the use of the Moderna vaccine for people under the age of 30, after a study finds that it slightly increases the risk of myocarditis and pericarditis.

- Romanians urged to get jabs -

The World Health Organization calls on Romanians to get vaccinated even as the fourth wave of the virus there recedes, with only 30 percent of the population fully inoculated.

- US reopens borders -

Long queues form at land borders as the United States reopens its frontiers to fully vaccinated foreign visitors, ending 20 months of travel restrictions that separated families, hobbled tourism and strained diplomatic ties.

- Russia lockdown ends -

Most of Russia ends a week-long paid holiday aimed at curbing the spread of the virus even with deaths still at more than 1,000 a day and infections spiralling.

- Germany record high -

Germany's weekly virus incidence rate hits a new record high since the pandemic erupted, with stagnating vaccinations to blame, experts say.

- Regeneron hails treatment -

A synthetic antibody treatment developed by Regeneron reduces the risk of developing symptomatic Covid by more than 80 percent for up to eight months, the US biotech firm says.

It claims it could be key for some immunocompromised people for whom vaccines are less effective. 

- French kids mask up -

Schoolchildren in large parts of France must again wear face masks in class, less than a month after being allowed to remove them as the country tries to damp down a surge in cases.

- Minister sues Van Morrison -

Northern Ireland's health minister Robin Swann is suing veteran singer Van Morrison -- a fierce critic of Covid restrictions -- for libel over the star's ferocious attacks on him over the handling of the crisis.

- More than five million dead - 

The coronavirus has killed at least 5,047,055 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP on Monday. 

The US has suffered the most Covid-related deaths with 754,431, followed by Brazil with 609,447, India with 461,057, Mexico with 289,734 and Russia with 248,004.

The countries with the most new deaths were Russia with 1,190, followed by Ukraine with 473 and Romania with 273.

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.