Receding coronavirus claims 17 more lives, infects 720 in 24 hours

By: News Desk      Published: 08:15 AM, 17 Oct, 2021
Receding coronavirus claims 17 more lives, infects 720 in 24 hours
A Venezuelan migrant is inoculated against COVID-19 with the Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine, at the District Center for Integration and Rights of Migrants, Refugees and Returnees in Bogota, Columbia.–AFP

Pakistan has posted another 17 deaths and 720 infections from the coronavirus pandemic during the last 24 hours (Saturday), showed the figures released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Friday morning.

As per the NCOC statistics, after the addition of 17 new deaths, the overall toll has now surged to 28,269 whereas the number of total infections now stood at 1,264,384 after adding the fresh 720 cases.

During the last 24 hours (Saturday), a total of 44,831 tests were conducted throughout Pakistan whereas the positivity ratio stood at 1.60 percent. The number of patients in critical care was 1,958.

During the last 24 hours (Saturday), as many as 1,440 patients have recovered from the virus whereas the total recoveries stood at 1,209,878. As of Sunday, the total count of active cases in the country was recorded at 26,237.

As many as 465,486 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 437,793 in Punjab, 176,774 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 106,445 in Islamabad, 33,120 in Balochistan, 34,397 in Azad Kashmir and 10,369 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Moreover, 12,842 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab so far, 7,529 in Sindh, 5,683 in KP, 937 in Islamabad, 740 in Azad Kashmir, 352 in Balochistan and 186 in Gilgit Baltistan.

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENTS

Here are the global developments in the coronavirus crisis:

- Russia daily deaths pass 1,000 -

Russia records 1,000 deaths over 24 hours for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic -- a new record for a third day running -- with less than a third of Russians vaccinated and few restrictions in place.

- French protest against health pass -

More than 40,000 people across France protest the coronavirus health passes they say discriminate against the unvaccinated, the 14th consecutive weekend of demonstrations.

- Chicago mayor battles police over Covid policy -

A Chicago judge bans a police union president from making public statements encouraging members not to report their vaccination status in a legal battle over vaccine policy.

- WTO fails to agree vaccine patent waiver -

The World Trade Organization says member nations have again failed to agree to suspend intellectual property rights for Covid-19 vaccines, fiercely opposed by pharmaceutical giants.

- US opens borders to vaccinated -

The United States announces that it will allow entry to fully vaccinated foreign travellers from November 8, ending a more than 18-month ban on travel from much of the globe

- Over 4.8 million dead - 

The coronavirus has killed at least 4,888,121 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP on Friday. 

The US has suffered the most Covid-related deaths at 723,764, followed by Brazil with 602,669, India 451,980, Mexico 284,008 and Russia 222,315.

Taking into account excess mortality directly and indirectly linked to Covid-19, the World Health Organization estimates the overall death toll could be two to three times higher.

With inputs from AFP.