Coronavirus positivity ratio plunges as Pakistan crosses 1.2m cases

NCOC reports 82 more Covid deaths, 3,480 infections in 24 hours

By: News Desk      Published: 09:01 AM, 11 Sep, 2021
Coronavirus positivity ratio plunges as Pakistan crosses 1.2m cases
A woman receives a dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine at a military vaccination centre Brest, western France.–AFP (File photo)

The coronavirus positivity ratio took a plunge in Pakistan as the number of infections recede, but the overall cases crossed the 1.2 million grim mark.

Pakistan has reported another 82 deaths and 3,480 infections by coronavirus during the last 24 hours (Friday), showed the statistics released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Saturday morning.

As per the NCOC figures, after the addition of 82 new deaths, the overall toll has now surged to 26,662 whereas the number of total infections now stood at 1,201,367 after adding the fresh 3,480 cases.

During the last 24 hours (Friday), a total of 63,181 tests were conducted throughout Pakistan whereas the positivity ratio stood at 5.50 percent. The number of patients in critical care was 5,373

During the last 24 hours (Friday), as many as 3,121 patients have recovered from the virus whereas the total recoveries stood at 1,082,988. As of Saturday, the total count of active cases in the country was recorded at 91,717.

As many as 443,521 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 411,808 in Punjab, 167,782 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 102,347 in Islamabad, 32,549 in Balochistan, 33,210 in Azad Kashmir and 10,150 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Moreover, 12,198 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab so far, 7,116 in Sindh, 5,225 in KP, 886 in Islamabad, 716 in Azad Kashmir, 342 in Balochistan and 179 in Gilgit Baltistan.

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENTS

Here are the global developments in the coronavirus crisis:

- Biden gets tough on vaccines -

US President Joe Biden announces strict new rules that require private companies with more than 100 workers to ensure staff are vaccinated or tested weekly. The measure will impact an estimated 80 million people.

- WHO: Jabs may not end pandemic -

The European head of the World Health Organization says he is pessimistic about vaccines putting an end to the pandemic, as new variants dash hopes of herd immunity. Hans Kluge fears the virus may be around for many years.

- LA schoolkids must have shots -

Children aged 12 and over in Los Angeles must be fully vaccinated by the start of next year, city education chiefs say in the first such requirement by a major US education board.

- Japan jabs chief eyes being PM -

Taro Kono, Japan's former foreign and defence minister currently leading the vaccine rollout, says he is running for the leadership of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

- Kenya jobs crisis -

Kenya's economy shrank for the first time in three decades last year as the country was battered by the pandemic, with almost 740,000 people thrown out of work.

- England-India decider called off -

The fifth and deciding Test between England and India is cancelled due to Covid-19 concerns in the tourists' camp just hours before the match in Manchester was due to start.

- Denmark back to normal -

Denmark ends its last Covid curb by ditching vaccine passports for nightclubs. 

- Toyota cuts production -

The world's top-selling car maker says it will further slash production because of ongoing virus disruptions and a chronic global chip shortage.

- 4.6 million dead -

The coronavirus has killed at least 4,602,565 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to an AFP compilation of official data. 

The US is the worst-affected country with 654,598 deaths, followed by Brazil with 585,174, India with 442,009, Mexico 266,150 and Peru 198,621.

Based on latest reports, the countries with the most new deaths were the US with 1,901, followed by Russia with 789 and Brazil with 753.

With inputs from AFP.