Coronavirus infects another 728, kills three more in Pakistan

NIH data shows positivity ratio stands at 3.59%: India reports nearly 16,000 new Covid cases, 68 deaths: North Korea lifts mask mandate after Covid victory

By: News Desk
Published: 09:51 AM, 13 Aug, 2022
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Caption: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un greeting with health department officials and scientists who worked in fight against Covid-19, in Pyongyang.–AFP
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Pakistan has posted another 728 coronavirus infections and three deaths during the last 24 hours (Friday), showed the statistics released by the National Institute of Health Pakistan on Saturday morning, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

As per the NIH data, the death toll in the country now surged to 30,523 after adding the three new fatalities while the number of total infections now stood at 1,562,307 after adding the fresh 728 cases.

During the last 24 hours (Friday), 20,272 tests were conducted throughout Pakistan whereas the positivity ratio stood at 3.59 percent. The number of patients in critical care was recorded at 161.

During the last 24 hours (Friday), another 333 patients have recovered from the Covid-19 in Pakistan and the number of total recoveries now stood at 1,522,136. As of Saturday, the total count of active cases in the country was recorded at 9,648.

As many as 592,252 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 517,678 in Punjab, 222,332 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 138,262 in Islamabad, 35,879 in Balochistan, 43,954 in Azad Kashmir and 11,950 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

As many as 13,593 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab so far, 8,206 in Sindh, 6,333 in KP, 1,029 in Islamabad, 793 in Azad Kashmir, 378 in Balochistan and 191 in Gilgit Baltistan.


India reports nearly 16,000 new Covid cases, 68 deaths

India has reported nearly 16,000 new Covid cases and 68 fatalities, including 24 reconciled by Kerala, according to the Health Ministry data updated on Saturday.

The 8-am data also showed active cases came down by 4,271 in a span of 24 hours to stand at 119,264, constituting 0.27 percent of the total infections.

The new 15,815 coronavirus infections and 68 deaths pushed the overall figures to 4,42,39,372 cases and 5,26,996 deaths, according to the data.

The national Covid-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.54 percent, the health ministry said. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 4.36 percent, while the weekly rate was 4.79 percent. The case fatality rate stands at 1.19 percent.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease has risen to 4,35,93,112, according to the ministry.

It also said 207.71 crore doses of Covid vaccine have been administered in the country so far under the nationwide Covid-19 vaccination drive.

India's Covid-19 tally had crossed the 20,00,000 mark on August 7, 2020 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19 that year. It crossed the grim milestone of two crore on May 4, 2021, three crore on June 23, and four crore on January 25 this year. 

North Korea lifts mask mandate after Covid 'victory'

North Korea has lifted a mask mandate and eased other virus restrictions, state media said Saturday, days after leader Kim Jong Un declared "victory" over Covid-19.

The announcement comes after Pyongyang earlier this week blamed Seoul for causing the Covid-19 outbreak in the North and threatened to "wipe out" the South Korean authorities, if necessary.

Virus restrictions were eased as "the public health crisis created in the country was completely defused and its whole territory was turned into a clean one free from the malignant virus in the shortest period," Pyongyang's official Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.

"The step for obligatory mask-wearing was lifted in all areas except frontline areas and borderline cities and counties, given that the whole country was turned into an epidemic-free zone," KCNA said.

North Korea declared a "shining victory" over Covid earlier this week just months after announcing its first cases in May.

Social distancing and other anti-virus measures were also lifted except for border regions.

But people with symptoms of respiratory disease were recommended to wear masks and North Koreans were urged to "remain vigilant" against "abnormal things" -- apparently referring to propaganda leaflets from the South.

Despite a ban that took effect in 2021, South Korean activists for years have flown balloons carrying propaganda leaflets and dollars over the border, which the North has long protested against.

Kim Yo Jong, the powerful sister of Kim Jong Un, on Wednesday blamed these activities for the North's Covid outbreak, vowing "deadly" retaliation against Seoul.

Kim Yo Jong also revealed that the top leader himself had fallen ill during the outbreak and suffered from a "high fever".

North Korea has recorded nearly 4.8 million "fever" cases -- while only identifying a fraction of those as Covid -- since late April, with just 74 deaths, according to KCNA.

Experts, including the World Health Organization, have long questioned Pyongyang's Covid statistics and claims to have brought the outbreak under control.

North Korea has one of the world's worst healthcare systems, with poorly equipped hospitals and few intensive care units, experts say.

It is not believed to have vaccinated any of its 26 million population, although it may have received some vaccines from China, Seoul-based specialist site NK News has reported.

With inputs from AFP.