Pakistan logs 56 more coronavirus deaths, 1,239 infections in a day
People stand in a queue for registration to receive a dose of the Covid-19 coronavirus Sinopharm vaccine at a vaccination centre in Rawalpindi.–AFP
Another 56 people have died of coronavirus and 1,239 more were infected during the last 24 hours (Saturday) across Pakistan, showed the figures released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Sunday morning.
According to the latest NCOC data, 36,368 tests were conducted in total during the last 24 hours (Saturday) out of which 1,239 returned positive.
There are currently 2,661 critical patients of COVID-19 admitted to different hospitals in the country, however, no new case of severe infection was reported. This put the coronavirus positivity ratio at 3.40 percent.
Statistics 13 June 21:— NCOC (@OfficialNcoc) June 13, 2021
Total Tests in Last 24 Hours: 36,368
Positive Cases: 1239
Positivity % : 3.40%
Deaths : 56
Pakistan has so far recorded 941,170 confirmed cases, 21,689 deaths, and a total of 877,191 recoveries from the novel disease.
The total number of active coronavirus cases in Pakistan have shot up to 42,290 whereas 877,191 people have so far recovered from the infection across the country.
The total number of cases in the country have now increased to 941,170 cases (AJK 19,756, Balochistan 26,201, Gilgit Baltistan 5,707, Islamabd 82,099, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 135,877, Punjab 343,926 and Sindh 327,604).
As per the numbers shared by the Ministry of National Health Service, 93.2% of the total confirmed cases have recovered while the mortality rate is 2.3%.
According to the latest numbers shared by the NCOC, Pakistan has so far administered 10,696,402 vaccine doses. 2,883,959 people are fully vaccinated while 5,439,101 have received at least one dose.
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- France first jabs top 30 million -
Prime Minister Jean Castex announces the number of first dose vaccinations in France has passed 30 million people.
Nearly 400,000 jabs are being administered daily in the country.
- Week off work in Moscow as cases spike -
The mayor of Russia's capital Moscow orders non-essential workers to stay at home for a week, as cases in the Russian capital spike to levels not seen since December. With weekends and a public holiday, non-essential workers in Moscow will not have to return to work until June 20. The mayor also ordered food courts and playgrounds shut and restaurants, cafes and night clubs to stop serving between 11 pm and 6 am.
- Africa passes five million cases -
Africa has passed the five million infections threshold. The continent's 54 countries and territories had 5,008,656 cases as of 1000 GMT on Saturday, according to an AFP tally from official sources.
- Italy limits AstraZeneca to over-60s -
Italy says it will restrict the AstraZeneca vaccine to people over the age of 60, with younger people who have already received a dose to complete the cycle with another jab such as Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna.
- Millions of J&J vaccine doses can't be used -
The US Food and Drug Administration says it has told Johnson & Johnson that millions of doses of its Covid vaccine produced at a troubled plant in Baltimore can't be used because of possible contamination issues.
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- And South Africa sets aside two million J&J jabs -
The health minister says South Africa, struggling to cope with a third wave of the pandemic, has two lots of the Johnson & Johnson product that will be put on hold -- some two million vaccines.
- 'Targeted vaccinations' after Delta cluster found in eastern France -
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- Covid chaos hits Copa America -
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- 3.7 million dead -
The pandemic has killed at least 3,787,127 people worldwide since the virus first emerged in December 2019, according to an AFP compilation of official data.
The US is the worst-affected country with 599,180 deaths, followed by Brazil with 484,235, India 367,081, Mexico 229,823 and Peru with 188,100.
With inputs from AFP.