Pakistan records 46 more coronavirus deaths, 1,119 infections in 24 hours

By: News Desk      Published: 08:50 AM, 17 Jun, 2021
Pakistan records 46 more coronavirus deaths, 1,119 infections in 24 hours
Children take a dip in a pool of water to cool off during a hot summer day in Islamabad after the government relaxes coronavirus restrictions.–AFP

Another 46 people lost their lives to the coronavirus whereas 1,119 fresh cases were reported across Pakistan during the last 24 hours (Wednesday), showed the statistics released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Thursday morning.

As per the latest NCOC figures, after the addition of 46 more deaths, the toll has now soared to 21,874 whereas the number of confirmed cases stood now at 945,184.

During the past 24 hours (Wednesday), 4,763 patients have recovered from the virus whereas the total recoveries stood at 887,095.

As of Thursday, the total count of active cases was recorded at 36,215.

As many as 329,947 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 344,512 in Punjab, 136,474 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 82,253 in Islamabad, 26,409 in Balochistan, 19,844 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and 5,745 in Gilgit Baltistan.

Moreover, 10,586 individuals have so far lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab, 5,292 in Sindh, 4,247 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 773 in Islamabad, 571 in Azad Kashmir, 297 in Balochistan and 108 in Gilgit Baltistan.

The health facilities across the country conducted 37,196 coronavirus detection tests, taking the total number of Covid-19 tests to 13,971,598 since the first case was reported early last year.

In a bid to help inoculate people who need to travel foreign, the federal government has revised guidelines for the AstraZeneca vaccine and allowed citizens who are 18 or older to get the jab.

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENTS

Here are the global developments in the coronavirus crisis:

- Moscow's mandatory jabs -

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin orders compulsory vaccinations for people working in the service sector in the Russian capital after a "dramatic" rise in infections.

- Taj Mahal reopens -

One of India's top tourist spots reopens to visitors as authorities loosen restrictions following an easing of the country's devastating recent surge.

- Games caps fans numbers -

Japan is planning to set a cap of 10,000 fans at sports events ahead of the Olympics as organisers weigh how many domestic spectators can attend the Games.

- EU expands travel white list -

European Union member states agree to lift travel restrictions on people coming from eight countries and territories including the United States and Hong Kong.

- UK inflation surge -

British inflation soars to the highest level since before the pandemic, with clothing, fuel and oil prices rebounding as the economy reopens.

- 3.8 million dead -

The pandemic has killed at least 3,824,885 people worldwide since the virus first emerged in December 2019, according to an AFP compilation of official data. 

The US is the worst-affected country with 600,285 deaths, followed according to figures at 1000 GMT by Brazil with 490,696, India with 379,573, Mexico with 230,428, Peru with 189,261 and the United Kingdom with 127,917.

The figures are based on reports by health authorities in each country, but do not take into account upward revisions carried out later by statistical bodies. 

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.