Pakistan logs 21 more coronavirus deaths, 2,607 in infections in 24 hours

By: News Desk      Published: 08:13 AM, 18 Jul, 2021
Pakistan logs 21 more coronavirus deaths, 2,607 in infections in 24 hours
Pakistanis return from Afghanistan after crossing the border at Chaman as Pakistan partially reopened its southern crossing with Afghanistan, shut off since the Taliban seized control of the strategic border town on the other side and resurging to Covid cases.–AFP

Another 21 people died and 2,607 more were infected by coronavirus during the last 24 hours (Saturday) across Pakistan, showed the data released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Sunday morning.

As per the latest NCOC figures, with the addition of 21 new deaths the toll has now soared to 22,781 whereas the total number of cases has now reached 989,275 after adding 2,607 new ones.

During the past 24 hours (Saturday), as many as 834 patients have recovered from the virus whereas the total recoveries stood at 919,163. As of Sunday, the total count of active cases was recorded at 47,331 whereas the positivity ratio was recorded at 5.34 percent.

As many as 355,462 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 350,269 in Punjab, 140,560 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 84,563 in Islamabad, 29,080 in Balochistan, 21,989 in Azad Kashmir and 7,362 in Gilgit Baltistan.

Moreover, 10,871 individuals have so far lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab, 5,702 in Sindh, 4,385 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 787 in Islamabad, 601 in Azad Kashmir, 319 in Balochistan and 116 in Gilgit Baltistan.

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENTS

Here are the global developments in the coronavirus crisis:

- Scaled-down hajj -

Pilgrims start arriving in the holy city of Mecca for the second downsized hajj staged during the coronavirus pandemic, circling Islam's holiest site in masks and on distanced paths.

The kingdom is allowing only 60,000 fully vaccinated residents to take part, seeking to repeat last year's success that saw no virus outbreak during the five-day ritual.

- Greek party island curfew -

Greece imposes a five-hour night curfew and other restrictions on the popular travel island of Mykonos because of a spike in local infections.

The measures include a curfew from 1:00 am to 6:00 am and a ban on bars, clubs and restaurants from playing music, and are effective immediately until July 26.

- France's testing demands  -

France imposes a negative Covid test taken within the previous 24 hours for people not fully vaccinated and arriving from some European countries such as the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, Greece and the Netherlands.

- UK health minister gets Covid -

British Health Secretary Sajid Javid says he had tested positive for Covid-19 and is self-isolating -- just as his government prepares to jettison most pandemic restrictions in England.

"I was feeling a bit groggy last night, so I took a lateral flow test this morning and it's come out positive," he said in a video message on Twitter.

- Paris protests -

Thousands rally in Paris against mandatory vaccinations for healthcare and retirement home workers, many of whom remain reluctant or outright opposed to the jabs.

Starting next week, proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test will be required for theatres, cinemas, music festivals and amusement parks.

- Olympics Village infection -

Tokyo Olympics organisers reveal the first Covid-19 case in the Games Village, six days before the opening ceremony.

Organisers say an unnamed person had tested positive for coronavirus in the Village, where thousands of athletes and officials will stay during the Games.

With inputs from AFP.