Covid deaths top 19,000, positivity ratio down to 7.93% in Pakistan

Another 113 people die, 3,084 infected due to coronavirus in last 24 hours

By: News Desk      Published: 10:21 AM, 11 May, 2021
Covid deaths top 19,000, positivity ratio down to 7.93% in Pakistan
Security personnel patrol as they inspect the implementation of Covid-19 coronavirus restrictions after a nine-day shutdown was imposed in a bid to prevent a surge in infections in Rawalpindi.–AFP

Another 113 people lost their lives to coronavirus whereas 3,084 fresh cases were during the last 24 hours (Monday) across Pakistan, showed the statistics released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Tuesday morning.

As per the latest NCOC figures, after the addition of 113 new deaths the toll has now climbed up to 19,106 while the number of confirmed cases stood at 864,557 after adding 3,084 new ones.

During the past 24 hours (Monday), 4,387 patients have recovered from the virus while the total recoveries stood at 766,492. As of Tuesday, the total count of active cases was recorded at 78,959, while the positivity rate was dropped to 7.93 percent.

As many as 293,426 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 320,851 in Punjab, 124,979 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 78,382 in Islamabad, 23,534 in Balochistan, 17,984 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and 5,401 in Gilgit Baltistan.

Moreover, 9,125 individuals have so far lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab, 4,753 in Sindh, 3,644 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 716 in Islamabad, 508 in Azad Kashmir, 253 in Balochistan and 107 in Gilgit Baltistan.

The health facilities across the country conducted 38,883 coronavirus detection tests, taking the total number of Covid-19 tests to 12,267,31 since the first case was reported.

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENTS

Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:

- Indian variant -

The World Health Organization labels the Covid virus strain spreading in India as a "variant of concern at the global level", saying it appears to be more contagious and might possibly have some increased resistance to vaccine protections.

- Deadly fungal infection -

A growing number of current and recovered Covid-19 patients in India are contracting a deadly and rare fungal infection, doctors tell AFP.

- New England opening -

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces people in England will be able to eat and drink in indoor venues from next week, as the country reports no coronavirus deaths for the first time in over a year.

- Jab 'good for variants' -

German firm BioNTech, which developed the Pfizer vaccine, says there is no evidence it needs to be adapted to counter variants of the virus.

- EU health pass -

The EU is "fully on track" to ensure all its citizens and residents are able to have a free Covid digital health pass, or "green certificate" next month to ease travel, a spokesman says.

- Easing in Washington -

Washington is to lift pandemic restrictions on most businesses and public venues, including the city's famed Smithsonian museums and zoo, by May 21, with the daily toll of new Covid-19 cases in the US capital at its lowest level in almost a year.

- Jabs in NY subway -

New Yorkers will receive free train rides if they get vaccinated against Covid-19 in subway stations, Governor Andrew Cuomo announces, as part of a move to speed up immunisations.

- Malaysia tightens Eid curbs -

Malaysia will tighten coronavirus curbs, including on social events and movement, across the country from Wednesday ahead of the Eid al-Fitr Muslim holiday, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin says.

- 'Vaccine diplomacy' -

The WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus lashes out at "vaccine diplomacy", slamming countries for using Covid-19 jabs to gain competitive advantage rather than engaging in true cooperation to end the pandemic.

- Olympics chief -

International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach has been forced to postpone a visit to Japan as virus cases surge less than three months before the Tokyo Games.

- UAE flight ban extended -

The United Arab Emirates will from Wednesday suspend the entry of all travellers, including transit passengers, from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka, having already suspended those from India. 

- La Scala reopens -

Milan's La Scala opera house reopens to the public after six months of silence imposed by the coronavirus.

- Nearing 3.3 million dead -

The pandemic has killed at least 3,294,812 people worldwide since the virus first emerged in late 2019, according to an AFP compilation of official data. 

The US is the worst-affected country with 581,755 deaths, followed by Brazil with 422,340, India 246,116, Mexico 218,985 and Britain 127,605. 

With inputs from AFP.