Another 104 die as Pakistan records uptick in corona cases

By: News Desk      Published: 09:50 AM, 19 May, 2021
Pakistan coronavirus
Workers of wedding halls and hotels stage a protest to demand the government to allow them to resume their activity in Karachi after businesses had to close during the lockdown imposed to curb the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus.–AFP

Another 104 people lost their lives to coronavirus whereas 3,256 fresh cases were reported during the last 24 hours (Tuesday) across Pakistan, showed the figures released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Wednesday morning.

As per the latest NCOC figures, after the addition of 104 deaths the toll has now surged to 19,856 whereas the number of confirmed cases stood at 886,184 after adding the 3,256 new ones.

During the past 24 hours (Tuesday), 4,440 patients have recovered from the virus whereas the total recoveries stood at 799,951.

As of Wednesday, the total count of active cases was recorded at 66,377, while the positivity rate was recorded at 7.79 percent.

As many as 301,247 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 329,913 in Punjab, 127,609 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 79,552 in Islamabad, 24,064 in Balochistan, 18,360 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and 5,439 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Moreover, 9,563 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab, 4,835 in Sindh, 3,827 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 735 in Islamabad, 519 in Azad Kashmir, 270 in Balochistan and 107 in Gilgit Baltistan.

The health facilities across the country conducted 41,771 coronavirus detection tests, taking the total number of Covid-19 tests to 12,552,33 since the first case was reported early last year.

 Punjab: Authorities reported 63 deaths due to the coronavirus, raising total casualties to 9,563. The province now has 329,913 confirmed cases; it reported 1,138 new infections after conducting 16,051 tests, a positivity ratio of 7.1 percent. There were 2,052 new recoveries recorded, leaving 290,861 fully recovered, and 29,489 active cases of the virus.

Sindh: Confirmed cases in Sindh have now climbed to 301,247; it reported 1,334 new infections after administering 14,041 tests, a positivity ratio of 9.5 percent. The province reported 11 deaths, raising toll to 4,835, while its recoveries rose by 927 to 277,669. Overall, the province now has 18,743 active cases of the novel coronavirus.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: During the past 24 hours (Tuesday), the provincial government recorded 385 new infections after conducting 6,198 tests, a positivity ratio of 6.2 percent. Overall, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s confirmed cases have climbed to 127,609. It recorded 23 new deaths and 859 recoveries, raising toll to 3,827 and recoveries to 116,601. There are currently 7,181 active cases of COVID-19 in the province.

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Balochistan: The province raised its confirmed cases to 24,064 with 133 new infections after administering 1,521 tests for a positivity ratio of 8.74 percent. There were 3 deaths and 130 recoveries recorded in the past 24 hours, leaving 270 fatalities and 22,747 fully recovered. There are now 1,047 active cases of COVID-19 in the province.

Islamabad: The federal capital raised its confirmed coronavirus cases by 181 to 79,552 after conducting 2,814 tests, a positivity ratio of 6.4 percent. There were 2 deaths and 353 recoveries recorded in the past 24 hours, leaving 735 casualties; 70,697 recovered; and 8,120 active cases.

GB: Gilgit-Baltistan recorded 11 new cases of COVID-19 after conducting 342 tests, a positivity ratio of 3.2 percent; it now has 5,439 confirmed cases. The region reported no new deaths and 16 recoveries, leaving 107 fatalities and 5,261 fully recovered people. There are currently 71 active cases of COVID-19 in the region.

AJK: In Azad Kashmir, confirmed cases rose by 74 to 18,360 after administering 804 tests, a positivity ratio of 9.2 percent. There were 2 deaths and 103 recoveries in the past 24 hours, leaving 519 fatalities and 16,115 fully recovered. It now has 1,726 active cases of COVID-19.

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENTS

Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:

- 1.5 billion doses -

More than 1.5 billion doses of anti-Covid vaccines have been administered around the world, six months after the start of the first vaccination campaign, according to an AFP count.

- Killer cyclone batters India -

At least 27 people are dead and dozens missing after a monster cyclone slams into western India, compounding efforts to battle a devastating virus surge.

- Fewest US deaths -

The United States is seeing its fewest number of deaths from Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic, numbering an average of 545 on May 16, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says.

- Singapore: Pfizer for teens -

Singapore authorises the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine to teenagers aged 12 to 15, a first for Asia.

- EU package -

The EU's 750 billion euro ($910 billion) pandemic recovery fund moves a step closer to becoming reality after Finnish MPs, some of the plan's most vocal critics, vote to ratify the proposal.  

- Africa aid -

French President Emmanuel Macron hosts African leaders and chiefs of global financial institutions for a summit seeking to provide the continent with critical financing swept away by the pandemic.

- Olympics divide doctors -

An association of around 6,000 Japanese doctors working in Tokyo urges the cancellation of the Olympics, while Games organisers report a surplus of applications from volunteer medics for the event.

- Eurostar boost -

Eurostar, operator of the trains that run under the English Channel, says it has secured a 290-million-euro rescue package to keep it afloat while waiting for pandemic travel curbs to be lifted.

- 3.3 million dead -

The pandemic has killed at least 3,393,050 people worldwide since the virus first emerged in late 2019, according to an AFP compilation of official data at 1730 GMT. 

The United States is the worst-affected country with 586,598 deaths, followed by Brazil with 436,537, India with 278,719, Mexico with 220,493 and Britain with 127,691.

With inputs from AFP.