Coronavirus kills 45, infects 2,432 people in Pakistan during 24 hours
As the world reels under the lockdowns due to coronavirus pandemic, Pakistan has reported 45 new deaths and 2,432 infections during the last 24 hours (Friday) by novel coronavirus, showed figures of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) released on Saturday morning.
With the addition of new infections, the number of positive cases has surged to 516,770. The nationwide tally of fatalities has also jumped to 10,908 on Saturday.
According to the latest NCOC data, Sindh remained the worst-hit province by the pandemic in terms of cases followed by Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Islamabad.
As many as 233,396 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Sindh so far, 148,488 in Punjab, 62,996 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 39,888 in Islamabad, 18,537 in Balochistan, 8,583 in Azad Kashmir and 4,882 in Gilgit-Baltistan.
Furthermore, 4,387 individuals have lost their lives to the epidemic in Punjab, 3,769 in Sindh, 1,773 in KP, 450 in Islamabad, 238 in Azad Kashmir, 190 in Balochistan, and 101 in GB.
Pakistan has so far conducted 7,326,431 coronavirus tests and 42,422 during the last 24 hours. As many as 472,099 coronavirus patients have recovered in the country whereas 2,334 patients are in critical condition.
Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:
- Vaccine delay -
Drugmaker Pfizer says it expects lower coronavirus vaccine deliveries for a stretch beginning in late January due to works at its key plant in Belgium.
European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen says Pfizer's CEO has guaranteed the delivery of all doses of the vaccine ordered by the bloc for the first quarter of 2021.
- Sequencing call -
The World Health Organization's emergency committee calls for globally-ramped up coronavirus sequencing studies in order to combat new variants.
It also comes out against countries requiring proof of vaccination from incoming international travellers, in a meeting brought forward by two weeks to discuss the emerging strains of the virus behind the Covid-19 pandemic.
- WHO vaccination call -
The WHO's director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says he wants Covid-19 vaccination campaigns taking place in every nation across the globe within the next 100 days.
At least 35.61 million doses of anti-Covid vaccines have been injected in some 58 countries and territories around the world, according to an AFP tally on Friday.
- Merkel acts -
Chancellor Angela Merkel brings forward a meeting to Tuesday with leaders of the 16 German states to discuss tougher restrictions, after the country records more than two million cases since the start of the pandemic.
- UK tests -
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says that all arrivals to the UK will have to quarantine and show negative virus tests from next week, as hospitalisations and deaths continue to soar but new cases fall.
- Italian lockdowns -
Three Italian regions -- Lombardy, Sicily and South Tyrol -- will go under lockdown next week, as the country says it has administered more than a million doses of coronavirus vaccine.
- Portugal enters lockdown -
Portugal's ten million people enter a new lockdown, though the curbs are less strict than during the first lockdown, with schools, courts, churches and florists remaining open.
- Villagers quarantined -
Chinese media reports over 20,000 residents from villages around Shijiazhuang -- about 294 kilometres (180 miles) southwest of Beijing -- have been sent to state-run quarantine facilities.
With inputs from AFP.