Pakistan logs 97 more coronavirus cases, no death

NIH data shows positivity ratio climbing up to 0.41%, number of active cases down to 3,000: Australia records over 22,000 new Covid-19 cases

By: News Desk
Published: 09:26 AM, 17 Apr, 2022
Pakistan logs 97 more coronavirus cases, no death
Caption: Health workers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) cross a checkpoint during a Covid-19 coronavirus lockdown in the Jing'an district of Shanghai, China.–AFP
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Pakistan has reported another 97 coronavirus infections and no death during the last 24 hours (Saturday), showed the statistics released by the National Institute of Health Pakistan on Sunday morning.

As per the latest NIH data, there was no change in the death toll as compared to the previous day which was 30,363, whereas the number of total infections now stood at 1,527,248 after adding the fresh 97 cases.

During the last 24 hours (Saturday), 23,425 tests were conducted throughout Pakistan whereas the positivity ratio inched up to 0.41 percent. The number of patients in critical care was 213.

During the last 24 hours (Saturday), as many as 2,659 patients have recovered from the virus whereas the total recoveries stood at 1,493,606. As of Sunday, the total count of active cases in the country was recorded at 3,279.

As many as 576,549 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 505,660 in Punjab, 219,371 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 135,150 in Islamabad, 35,483 in Balochistan, 43,306 in Azad Kashmir and 11,729 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

As many as 13,559 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab so far, 8,098 in Sindh, 6,322 in KP, 1,023 in Islamabad, 792 in Azad Kashmir, 378 in Balochistan and 191 in Gilgit Baltistan.


Australia records over 22,000 new Covid-19 cases

Major Australian regions including New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland have recorded more than 22,000 new daily Covid-19 cases.

In NSW there were 9,725 new cases reported, which is a drop from yesterday's 13,601. Six lives have been lost in the state related to the virus. And there are 1527 people with COVID-19 in hospital and 64 in ICU.

Victoria also saw a dip in daily case numbers, with 8153 new cases reported, compared to yesterday's 9559. Two more COVID-19 related deaths were recorded in the state. And 401 people with the virus are in hospital, with 25 in ICU.

In Queensland there have been 4850 new cases recorded and no additional lives have been lost. There are 563 people with the virus in hospital and 19 in ICU.

New Zealand reports 5,933 cases

There are 5,933 new community cases if Covid-19 to report today and 10 new deaths.

The Ministry of Health released the updated numbers in a press statement. The seven-day rolling average of case numbers continues to decline, with today's seven-day rolling average at 8,170 – last Sunday it was 10,543.

The number of reported community cases is expected to continue to fluctuate day to day, but the overall trend remained an overall reduction in reported cases.

The MoH is reporting 10 people died with Covid-19. These deaths take the total number of publicly reported deaths with Covid-19 to 586 and the seven-day rolling average of reported deaths is 14.

Age and location breakdowns of the people who have died over the past two days are unavailable today.

From Monday, new arrivals into the country who test positive for Covid-19 within 7 days of arrival will be reported as a border case – changing it from the current definition of within 14 days. Any recent arrivals testing positive for Covid-19 after 7 days will now be reported as a community case reflecting where the most likely source of infection after being in the country for more than a week.

India records 1,150 new Covid-19 cases, four deaths

India recorded 1,150 cases new Covid-19 cases and four deaths in the last 24 hours ending 8 am Sunday, according to data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The active cases currently stood at 11,558 and comprised 0.03 percent of the total infections. The recovery rate remained unchanged at 98.76 percent and 954 recoveries were reported on Saturday.

The country’s daily positivity rate is 0.31 percent and the weekly positivity rate is 0.27 percent.

Amid an uptick in Covid cases in Ghaziabad and Gautam Buddh Nagar, the Uttar Pradesh government on Saturday put all the National Capital Region (NCR) districts on alert mode, according to an official statement. 

Meanwhile, a heat-stable Covid vaccine that is being developed in India and does not need cold chain storage has generated strong antibody response against coronavirus variants, including Delta and Omicron, according to a study on mice. News agency PTI reported, the vaccine candidate, by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru and biotech start-up company Mynvax, uses a part of the viral spike protein called the receptor-binding domain (RBD), which allows the virus to connect with the host cell to infect it.