Pakistan records 68 more corona deaths, 2,928 infections in a day

By: News Desk      Published: 08:11 AM, 17 Sep, 2021
Pakistan records 68 more corona deaths, 2,928 infections in a day
Students wearing facemasks attend a class at a school in Lahore after the government reopened educational institutes that were closed as a preventive measure to curb the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus.–AFP

Pakistan has registered another 68 deaths and 2,928 infections by coronavirus during the last 24 hours (Thursday), showed the data released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Friday morning.

As per the NCOC figures, after the addition of 68 new deaths, the overall toll has now surged to 27,072 whereas the number of total infections now stood at 1,218,749 after adding the fresh 2,928 cases.

During the last 24 hours (Thursday), a total of 57,626 tests were conducted throughout Pakistan whereas the positivity ratio stood at 5.08 percent. The number of patients in critical care was 4,960.

During the last 24 hours (Thursday), as many as 13,716 patients have recovered from the virus whereas the total recoveries stood at 1,125,942. As of Friday, the total count of active cases in the country was recorded at 65,725.

As many as 448,658 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 419,423 in Punjab, 170,391 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 103,720 in Islamabad, 32,707 in Balochistan, 33,628 in Azad Kashmir and 10,222 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Moreover, 12,345 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab so far, 7,224 in Sindh, 5,354 in KP, 895 in Islamabad, 728 in Azad Kashmir, 344 in Balochistan and 182 in Gilgit Baltistan.

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENTS

Here are the global developments in the coronavirus crisis. 

- Italy's 'green pass' -

Italy makes its anti-Covid "green pass" obligatory for all employees, in a bid to boost vaccine rates ahead of the winter flu season.

- China fully jabs 1 billion -

China has fully vaccinated more than one billion people -- 71 percent of its population -- official figures show.

- France gets tough -

Thousands of health workers across France have been suspended without pay for failing to get vaccinated ahead of a deadline this week, Health Minister Olivier Veran says.

- And Idaho... -

Idaho, the US state with the lowest Covid vaccination rate in the country, announces it is rationing medical care and will not put patients on ventilators if they aren't likely to recover.

- 'Back to square one' -

Africa faces a 470 million shortfall in Covid-19 vaccine doses this year after the Covax alliance cut its projected shipments, raising the risk of new and deadly variants, the World Health Organization says.

- Tunisia-Libya border -

Tunisia and Libya are to reopen their shared border on Friday, the presidency in Tunis says, two months after they were closed as the country's coronavirus caseload soared.

- Back to Davos -

The World Economic Forum says it will gather the global political and business elite in Davos, Switzerland next January, after repeatedly shifting, then cancelling its 2021 meeting due to the pandemic.

- Over 4.6 million dead - 

The coronavirus has killed at least 4,656,833 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to an AFP compilation of official data. 

The US is the worst-affected country with 666,618 deaths, followed by Brazil with 588,597, India with 443,928, Mexico 269,913 and Peru 198,860.

Based on the latest reports, the countries with the most new deaths were the US with 2,641, followed by Mexico with 897 and Brazil with 800.

With inputs from AFP.