Pakistan reports 100 more coronavirus deaths, 5,139 infections

By: News Desk
Published: 10:14 AM, 10 Apr, 2021
Pakistan reports 100 more coronavirus deaths, 5,139 infections
Caption: A man reads a notice displayed on market shops that were closed by the local authorities after facing violations over social distancing rules against Covid-19 coronavirus in Karachi.–AFP
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Another 100 people lost their lives to coronavirus whereas 5,139 fresh cases were reported during the last 24 hours (Friday) across Pakistan, showed the data released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Saturday morning.

As per the latest NCOC statistics, with the addition of 100 more fatalities, the death toll has now surged to 15,329 while the number of total confirmed cases stood at 715,968, after adding the 5,139 new ones.

During the past 24 hours (Friday), 1,772 patients have recovered from the virus while the total recoveries stood at 627,561. As of Saturday, the total count of active cases was recorded at 73,078 and the positivity rate stood at 10.47 percent.

As many as 268,284 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 245,923 in Punjab, 97,318 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 64,902 in Islamabad, 20,178 in Balochistan, 14,260 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and 5,103 in Gilgit Baltistan.

Moreover, 6,908 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab, 4,523 in Sindh, 2,586 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 601 in Islamabad, 395 in Azad Kashmir, 213 in Balochistan and 103 in Gilgit Baltistan.

The health facilities conducted 49,069 coronavirus detection tests across Pakistan, taking the total number of Covid-19 tests to 10,688,89 since the first case was reported early last year.

Global developments

Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:

- Vaccine probe deepens -

The European Medicines Agency says it has launched a review of possible links between the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine and blood clots after reports of four cases, one of them fatal.

It also says it is probing a new condition linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine, in which tiny blood vessels leak after getting the jab.

- Jabs for 12-15 year olds -

Pfizer-BioNTech says it is seeking Covid vaccine authorisation for 12-15 year olds in the United States and plans to make similar requests to other regulatory authorities worldwide in the coming days.

- More AstraZeneca woes -

Half of AstraZeneca's vaccine shipments to the European Union will be delayed this week for testing, a company spokesman says, in the latest blow for EU supplies.

And France says under 55s who received a first injection of the AstraZeneca vaccine should be given a second jab from a different producer, but the World Health Organization warns there is not sufficient data to recommend the practice.

- Rich-poor vaccine divide -

The World Health Organization condemns the chasm between rich and poor nations in accessing coronavirus vaccines, saying more than a dozen countries are still completely unprotected.

- Vaccine for new variants -

The EU is about to start negotiations with a single pharmaceutical company to secure up to 1.8 billion doses of a "second generation" mRNA vaccine starting late this year to combat future variants, a European Commission source says.

- More centralised power -

German leaders agree to tighten the national coronavirus law in a move to hand Berlin more centralised power in the face of a stalemate over lockdown measures, as the country remains gripped by rising infection rates.

- Italy ends epicentre lockdown -

Italy announces an end to lockdown measures from next week for Lombardy, the epicentre of its coronavirus pandemic, as well as for Tuscany, Piedmont, Emilia Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia and Calabria, which have improving contagion statistics. 

- Baghdad lockdown -

Iraqi authorities lock down some Baghdad neighbourhoods ahead of Ramadan which starts next week, putting up barriers as Iraq grapples with its highest coronavirus caseload yet.

- Norwegian PM fined -

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg is fined 20,000 Norwegian kroner (about $2,300, 2,000 euros) for breaking the country's virus curbs by organising a family birthday dinner that she ended up not attending, police said.

- 2.9 million dead -

At least 2,903,907 people have died of Covid-19 around the world since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to an AFP tally from official sources. 

The US is the worst-affected country with 560,115 deaths, followed by Brazil with 345,025, Mexico with 206,146, India with 167,642 and Britain with 126,980.

With inputs from AFP.