Coronavirus infections, deaths climb up in Pakistan amid 4th wave warning

By: News Desk      Published: 08:13 AM, 10 Jul, 2021
Coronavirus infections, deaths climb up in Pakistan amid 4th wave warning
Traders unload cattle from a truck at a market setup for the upcoming Eidul Azha in Lahore with no coronavirus restrictions in sight.–AFP

A day after Federal Minister for Planning Asad Umar warned against a possible fourth wave of coronavirus pandemic, Pakistan has recorded another 35 deaths and 1,828 infections during the last 24 hours (Friday) slight up as compared to a day earlier, showed the figures released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Saturday morning.

As per the latest NCOC statistics, with the addition of 35 new deaths the toll has now soared to 22,555 whereas the total number of cases has now reached 971,304 after adding 1,828 new ones.

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During the past 24 hours (Friday), as many as 912 patients have recovered from the virus whereas the total recoveries stood at 913,295. As of Saturday, the total count of active cases was recorded at 36,454 and the positivity ratio stood at 3.79 percent.

As many as 345,269 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 347,793 in Punjab, 139,162 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 83,513 in Islamabad, 27,863 in Balochistan, 20,935 in Azad Kashmir and 6,769 in Gilgit Baltistan.

Moreover, 10,815 individuals have so far lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab, 5,583 in Sindh, 4,353 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 782 in Islamabad, 594 in Azad Kashmir, 317 in Balochistan and 111 in Gilgit Baltistan.

 

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENTS

Here are the global developments in the coronavirus crisis:

- Desperate Indonesia gets oxygen -

Indonesia receives desperately needed supplies of oxygen and protective equipment from neighbouring Singapore to support the overwhelmed healthcare system, with restrictions tightened in several cities as it battles its deadliest virus wave.

- Cuba approves home-grown vaccine - 

Cuba approves its home-grown Abdala coronavirus vaccine for emergency use, the first for a Latin American country. Abdala's makers say the jab is more than 92 percent efficient at preventing Covid-19 after three doses.

- Malta closes to unjabbed -

Malta says it will be the first European country to close its borders to anyone who has not been fully vaccinated, following a spike in cases of Covid-19.

- EU deaths record -

The European Union last year recorded its highest level of deaths since it started keeping records in 1961, reflecting the impact of the coronavirus epidemic, as the annual toll rose 11 percent over 2019's deaths to 5.2 million.

- Tougher times in Thailand -

Thai authorities announce a seven-hour night curfew across the capital Bangkok and nine provinces, along with tougher restrictions to curb the spread of the virus.

- Johannesburg mayor dies -

Johannesburg mayor Geoff Makhubo becomes the latest fatality of a third Covid wave ripping through South Africa as the authorities expand inoculation against the virus to under 50s.

- Rio COPA final with fans -

Rio de Janeiro, one of the Brazilian cities hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, gives the go-ahead for thousands of fans to attend Saturday's Copa America football final against Argentina at the Maracana stadium.

- Boxing title postponed -

Tyson Fury's heavyweight title defence against Deontay Wilder on July 24 is postponed after the champion and members of his camp contract Covid-19, the World Boxing Council says.

- Four million dead -

The pandemic has killed at least 4,013,756 people since the virus first emerged in December 2019, according to an AFP compilation of official data.

The United States is the worst-affected country with 606,476 deaths, followed by Brazil with 530,179, India with 405,939, Mexico with 234,458 and Peru 193,909.

The World Health Organization says up to three times more people have died directly or indirectly due to the pandemic than official figures suggest.

With inputs from AFP.