Pakistan posts 4,027 coronavirus infections, nine deaths in a day

By: News Desk
Published: 08:26 AM, 16 Jan, 2022
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Caption: A girl receives the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19, at the Clinicas hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil.–AFP
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Pakistan has reported 4,027 new coronavirus infections and nine deaths amid rapid spread of the Omicron variant during the last 24 hours (Saturday), showed the figures released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Sunday morning.

As per the NCOC data, after the addition of four new deaths, the overall toll has now surged to 29,012 whereas the number of total infections now stood at 1,324,147 after adding the fresh 4,027 cases.

During the last 24 hours (Saturday), 51,236 tests were conducted throughout Pakistan whereas the positivity ratio stood at 7.8 percent. The number of patients in critical care was 752.

During the last 24 hours (Saturday), as many as 579 patients have recovered from the virus whereas the total recoveries stood at 1,263,584. As of Sunday, the total count of active cases in the country was recorded at 31,551.

As many as 499,830 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 452,261 in Punjab, 182,199 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 110,963 in Islamabad, 33,699 in Balochistan, 34,750 in Azad Kashmir and 10,445 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Moreover, 13,088 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab so far, 7,694 in Sindh, 5,958 in KP, 969 in Islamabad, 749 in Azad Kashmir, 367 in Balochistan and 187 in Gilgit Baltistan.

 

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENTS

Here are the global developments in the coronavirus crisis:

- Protests in Austria, France, Italy -

Thousands demonstrate against restrictive measures designed to slow the spread of Covid in several European countries.

Austrian police report that 27,000 people turned out in Vienna to protest plans to make vaccination compulsory.

Thousands also marched in cities across France against tighter restrictions on people not vaccinated, while thousands protested in the Italian capital Rome.

- 'Wine Fridays' headache for British PM -

A newspaper report that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson witnessed weekly drinking sessions by his staff throughout the coronavirus pandemic has stoked fresh calls from his own party for him to quit.

- Covid case in Beijing -

An Omicron case has been detected in Beijing, officials in the Chinese capital say, as the country battles multiple outbreaks of the highly transmissible coronavirus variant ahead of the Winter Olympics next month.

- Australia detains Djokovic, again -

Australia returns Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic to detention, saying his opposition to vaccination against Covid could cause "civil unrest", but a new court appeal is scheduled for Sunday.

- More than 5.5 million dead -

The coronavirus has killed at least 5,528,972 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to an AFP tally compiled from official sources Saturday.

The United States has recorded the most Covid deaths with 849,259, followed by Brazil with 620,796, India on 485,752 and Russia 320,634.

Taking into account excess mortality linked to Covid-19, the WHO estimates the overall death toll could be two to three times higher.

With inputs from AFP.