Pakistan records nine more corona deaths, 637 infections in a day

By: News Desk      Published: 07:57 AM, 11 Nov, 2021
Pakistan records nine more corona deaths, 637 infections in a day
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Pakistan has registered nine more deaths and 554 infections from the coronavirus pandemic during the last 24 hours (Wednesday), showed the figures released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Thursday morning. 

As per the NCOC data, after the addition of nine new deaths, the overall toll has now surged to 28,575 whereas the number of total infections now stood at 1,278,751 after adding the fresh 637 cases.

During the last 24 hours (Wednesday), a total of 48,883 tests were conducted throughout Pakistan whereas the positivity ratio stood at 1.30 percent. The number of patients in critical care was 1,156.

During the last 24 hours (Wednesday), as many as 316 patients have recovered from the virus whereas the total recoveries stood at 1,226,906. As of Thursday, the total count of active cases in the country was recorded at 23,270.

As many as 472,925 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 441,493 in Punjab, 178,846 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 107,223 in Islamabad, 33,368 in Balochistan, 34,498 in Azad Kashmir and 10,398 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Moreover, 12,962 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab so far, 7,599 in Sindh, 5,782 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:

- US jabs 900k kids -

The United States immunises about 900,000 children aged five-to-11 in the first week the Pfizer vaccine is authorised for them, a White House official says.

- One for all ... -

US pharma giant Merck vows to make sure its new anti-coronavirus pill is made available in wealthy and poor countries at almost the same time, avoiding the pitfalls of vaccine inequity seen so far. 

- Russia compulsory jab call -

The developer of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine says Moscow should make jabs mandatory as the country reports a record 1,239 deaths in a single day with vaccination rates still stubbornly low. 

- The future is nasal -

The World Health Organization's chief scientist says a likely "second generation" of nasal spray and oral vaccines could be key in controlling Covid.

Soumya Swaminathan says sprays are easier to give and "take care of the (airborne) virus before it" enters the rest of the body.

- Valneva wins EU jab deal -

The Franco-Austrian biotech firm signs a deal to supply the European Union with up to 60 million doses of its traditional-style vaccine which it claims outperforms the AstraZeneca jab. 

- Greece reels -

Greek hospitals are starting to buckle under the strain of a fourth wave of the virus, with the highest infections there since the pandemic began mainly hitting the unvaccinated.

- Moderna for kids...? -

Moderna applies to the European Union's medicine regulator for approval of its vaccine for children aged six to 11.

- ... Nein, says Germany -

German health authorities advise against the use of the Moderna jab for people under 30 due to evidence of a small risk of cardiac inflammation.

- French rush for booster jab -

Demand for booster jabs jumps after French President Emmanuel Macron says over 65s will need to show proof of a top-up shot to enter restaurants, attend cultural events and take intercity trains.

- Lions get virus -

Four lions at a Singapore wildlife park test positive after coming into contact with infected zookeepers.

The endangered Asiatic lions started coughing and sneezing at the weekend, and an ill African lion is also being tested.

- NFL star Rodgers fined -

Unvaccinated American football star Aaron Rodgers has been slapped with a $14,650 fine for breaking virus protocols by attending the Green Bay Packers' Halloween party. 

The quarterback, whose popularity has plummeted since he came out as a virus sceptic, was also disciplined for not wearing a mask at press conferences.

- Morocco lifts curfew -

Rabat is lifting a nationwide curfew thanks to falling infections and higher vaccination rates, with the government saying more than 60 percent of the population now have a second dose.

- Shanghai marathon off -

The Shanghai Marathon is indefinitely postponed, organisers of the November 28 race say, blaming a resurgence of the virus in China.

- Pfizer booster request -

Pfizer and BioNTech formally submit a request to US authorities for emergency authorisation of their booster vaccine for people aged 18 and older.

- More than five million dead - 

The coronavirus has killed at least 5,062,911 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP on Wednesday. 

The US has suffered the most Covid-related deaths with 757,409, followed by Brazil with 609,756, India with 461,849, Mexico with 290,110 and Russia with 250,454.

The countries with the most new deaths were the US with 1,585, followed by Russia with 1,239 and Ukraine with 816.

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.