Coronavirus deaths, cases, positivity ratio shoot up in Pakistan
Asad Umar warns of corona patients’ rapid hospital inflow
A health worker inoculates a student with a dose of the CanSino Biologics' Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine at Jamia Naeemia seminary in Lahore.–AFP
After wreaking havoc in many parts of the world, the Delta variant of the coronavirus has set foot in Pakistan sending all the indicators on the Covid index upwards, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Just days before, Federal Minister for Planning Asad Umar had briefed the federal cabinet about the grave situation arising out of the Indian variant, starting to dominate the daily infections in the country.
The statistics released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Thursday morning conveyed those concerns as another 47 people died and 2,545 more were infected from coronavirus during the last 24 hours (Wednesday) across Pakistan with the positivity ratio shot up to 5.2 percent.
Statistics 15 Jul 21:— NCOC (@OfficialNcoc) July 15, 2021
Total Tests in Last 24 Hours: 48,910
Positive Cases: 2545
Positivity % : 5.2%
Deaths : 47
During the past 24 hours (Wednesday), as many as 1,030 patients have recovered from the virus whereas the total recoveries stood at 916,373. As of Thursday, the total count of active cases was recorded at 42,330 and the positivity ratio stood at 5.2 percent.
As many as 351,006 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 349,111 in Punjab, 139,960 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 84,083 in Islamabad, 28,588 in Balochistan, 21,481 in Azad Kashmir and 7,163 in Gilgit Baltistan.
Moreover, 10,852 individuals have so far lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab, 5,647 in Sindh, 4,377 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 787 in Islamabad, 596 in Azad Kashmir, 317 in Balochistan and 113 in Gilgit Baltistan.
Asad Umar warns of corona patients’ rapid hospital inflow
Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar has warned of the rapid buildup of Covid-19 positive cases, urging people to follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) and get inoculated as Indian variant Delta has wreaked havoc across the region, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Adas Umar tweeted on Thursday that rapid buildup is starting to take place in Covid-19 patients hospital inflow, as well as patients in critical care. This Indian variant has caused devastation in countries in the region. He urged the people to please follow SOPs s and get vaccinated as soon as possible. Do not risk your own and other people’s lives.
Rapid build up starting to take place in covid patients hospital inflow, as well as patients in critical care. This indian variant has caused devastation in countries in the region. Please follow sop's and get vaccinated as soon as possible. Do not risk your own & others lives.— Asad Umar (@Asad_Umar) July 15, 2021
Here are the global developments in the coronavirus crisis:
- Australia: Sydney extends lockdown -
Sydney's five million residents will be in coronavirus lockdown for at least another two weeks, the New South Wales state premier announces.
Australia's biggest city is already in its third week of partial lockdown, as authorities struggle to contain a fast-spreading outbreak of the Delta variant.
- Britain: London mayor's mask call -
London Mayor Sadiq Khan says face masks should remain compulsory on public transport in the British capital after all virus curbs are removed in England from July 19.
Khan says he is "not prepared to stand by and put Londoners, and our city's recovery, at risk".
The decision to end all Covid-19 curbs in England has sparked concern among scientists who have warned it has been made too quickly and could lead to a dramatic rise in infections.
- Scotland keeps masks -
Scotland will partially ease some of its coronavirus restrictions from next week, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says, but unlike in England, insists face coverings should remain for the foreseeable future.
- Malta: No ban on unvaccinated travellers -
Malta reverses its plan to ban unvaccinated travellers just hours before it is due to come into effect Wednesday, with those without coronavirus jabs able now to quarantine.
The Mediterranean island nation last week said it would become the first European country to announce such a ban.
But that drew criticism from the European Commission as it risked undermining an EU-wide Covid travel certificate.
- US coalition urges jab requirement for health workers -
Hospitals and other healthcare facilities should require their employees to be vaccinated against Covid-19, says a coalition of seven US organisations representing medical professionals.
Despite having among the highest supplies of vaccines in the world, the United States is struggling to convince the vaccine-hesitant -- including many health workers -- to get a shot.
- Star power -
Teen pop sensation Olivia Rodrigo will meet US President Joe Biden at the White House on Wednesday and will record videos there about the importance of young people getting vaccinated, the White House says.
- Singapore: cruise cut short by Covid -
An ocean liner on a "cruise to nowhere" is forced to return to Singapore earlier than scheduled after a coronavirus case was detected on board, according to reports.
- Bangladesh lockdown -
- France: rush to vaccinate -
The French government defends a decision to impose Covid tests for unvaccinated people who want to eat in restaurants or take long-distance trips, which prompted a surge in bookings for jabs.
Prime Minister Jean Castex announces that France on Tuesday administered a record number of daily injections at 792,339 by 6:00 pm.
- Germany: No mandatory jabs -
Germany is not planning to follow France and other countries in introducing compulsory Covid-19 vaccinations for parts of the population, Chancellor Angela Merkel says.
- $345 billion hit -
Commonwealth countries lost up to $345 billion in trade last year as the pandemic triggered a global economic slump, according to a report published by the Commonwealth Trade Review.
- Four million dead -
The pandemic has killed at least 4,046,528 people since the virus first emerged in December 2019, according to an AFP compilation of official data.
The United States is the worst-affected country with 607,523 deaths, followed by Brazil with 534,233, India with 410,784, Mexico with 235,058, and Peru with 194,488.
The WHO says up to three times more people have died directly or indirectly due to the pandemic than official figures suggest.
With inputs from AFP.