Coronavirus deaths, cases, positivity ratio shoot up in Pakistan

Asad Umar warns of corona patients’ rapid hospital inflow

By: News Desk      Published: 08:18 AM, 15 Jul, 2021
Coronavirus deaths, cases, positivity ratio shoot up in Pakistan
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.

He warned that the Delta variant was spreading fast as up to 20 percent of the daily cases are caused by this coronavirus mutant.

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.

As per the latest NCOC figures, with the addition of 47 new deaths the toll has now soared to 22,689 whereas the total number of cases has now reached 981,392 after adding 2,545 new ones.

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.

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENTS

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 -

Bangladesh will lift its coronavirus lockdown for its second-biggest religious festival, the Eid al-Adha, from July 20-22, the government says, even as new infections soar to record levels.

- 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.