All coronavirus indicators start receding in Pakistan
NCOC latest data shows country recorded 78 deaths, 2,580 infections during last 24 hours
A teenager receives the first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a private school in Quito in Ecuador.–AFP
The daily coronavirus fatalities which were hovering about 100 deaths every day are now down to between 65 and 80, the single-day cases which remained between 3,500 and 4,000 for a long time are now between 2,500 and 3,000 and the positivity ratio came down significantly to below five and a half percent.
The data released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Tuesday morning also reflected the receding trend as Pakistan has recorded another 78 deaths and 2,580 infections by coronavirus during the last 24 hours (Monday).
As per the NCOC figures, after the addition of 78 new deaths, the overall toll has now surged to 26,865 whereas the number of total infections now stood at 1,210,082 after adding the fresh 2,580 cases.
During the last 24 hours (Monday), a total of 47,419 tests were conducted throughout Pakistan whereas the positivity ratio stood at 5.44 percent. The number of patients in critical care was 5,304.
Statistics 14 Sep 21:— NCOC (@OfficialNcoc) September 14, 2021
Total Tests in Last 24 Hours: 47,419
Positive Cases: 2,580
Positivity % : 5.44%
Deaths : 78
Patients on Critical Care: 5304
During the last 24 hours (Monday), as many as 7,240 patients have recovered from the virus whereas the total recoveries stood at 1,097,416. As of Tuesday, the total count of active cases in the country was recorded at 85,801.
As many as 446,045 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 415,654 in Punjab, 169,040 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 103,125 in Islamabad, 32,618 in Balochistan, 33,432 in Azad Kashmir and 10,168 in Gilgit-Baltistan.
Moreover, 12,259 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab so far, 7,177 in Sindh, 5,290 in KP, 889 in Islamabad, 724 in Azad Kashmir, 344 in Balochistan and 182 in Gilgit Baltistan.
Here are the global developments in the coronavirus crisis:
- No need for booster -
Vaccines are effective enough at preventing severe cases of Covid-19 that there is no current need for the general population to be given third doses, according to a report in The Lancet.
- Jabs for UK 12-15 year-olds -
All children aged 12-15 should be offered Covid-19 vaccinations, but not be obliged to take them, according to top UK medical advisers.
- Pope's solidarity call -
Pope Francis calls for Europe to show "solidarity" during the economic recovery from the pandemic as he visits Slovakia, one of the worst-hit countries on the continent.
- UK cancels vaccine contract -
The British government has terminated a supply deal for a potential Covid jab being developed by French-Austrian biotech laboratory Valneva
- Vietnamese flee -
Fifteen people including a seven-year-old boy are found inside a refrigerated truck in Vietnam after trying to escape locked-down areas of the south badly hit by the virus.
- Auckland extends lockdown -
New Zealand's largest city will remain in strict lockdown for at least another week as a Delta variant outbreak "rumbles along".
- South Africa health pass -
President Cyril Ramaphosa announces plans for "vaccine passports" to counter public scepticism about getting inoculated ahead of an easing of restrictions this week.
- Portugal lifts mask requirement -
People no longer need to wear masks outside in Portugal, which leads Europe with nearly eight out of 10 of its inhabitants fully vaccinated.
- Greece's tough school -
Greek teenagers go back to school with those who have not been vaccinated forced to pay for tests to be allowed back into class.
- It's a picnic in Sydney -
Virus lockdown rules are relaxed for fully vaccinated people in Sydney, with small groups allowed to meet for picnics for the first time in months.
- Over 4.6 million dead -
The coronavirus has killed at least 4,630,215 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to an AFP compilation of official data at 1830 GMT.
The US is the worst-affected country with 660,177 deaths, followed by Brazil with 586,851, India with 442,874, Mexico 267,748 and Peru 198,764.
With inputs from AFP.