Pakistan lists 418 new corona infections, 10 deaths in 24 hours

German govt to slap tough new curbs on unvaccinated people

By: News Desk      Published: 07:46 AM, 19 Nov, 2021
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A healthcare worker administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a woman, during a vaccination campaign for foreign tourists in Benidorm, Spain.–AFP
Pakistan lists 418 new corona infections, 10 deaths in 24 hours

Pakistan has registered another 10 deaths and 418 infections from the coronavirus pandemic during the last 24 hours (Thursday), showed the statistics released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Friday morning,

As per the NCOC data, after the addition of 10 new deaths, the overall toll has now surged to 28,648 whereas the number of total infections now stood at 1,281,240 after adding the fresh 418 cases.

During the last 24 hours (Thursday), a total of 40,143 tests were conducted throughout Pakistan whereas the positivity ratio stood at 1.04 percent. The number of patients in critical care was 1,083.

During the last 24 hours (Thursday), as many as 411 patients have recovered from the virus whereas the total recoveries stood at 1,230,094. As of Friday, the total count of active cases in the country was recorded at 22,498.

As many as 473,767 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 442,268 in Punjab, 179,421 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 107,427 in Islamabad, 33,425 in Balochistan, 34,527 in Azad Kashmir and 10,405 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Moreover, 12,990 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab so far, 7,611 in Sindh, 5,812 in KP, 950 in Islamabad, 741 in Azad Kashmir, 358 in Balochistan and 186 in Gilgit Baltistan.

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENTS

Here are the global developments in the coronavirus crisis:

- Germany toughens measures - 

German leaders agreed tough new curbs on the unvaccinated, with plans to shut them out of restaurants, sporting events and cultural shows as the country battles to halt a record rise in Covid infections.

- 'Europe must close jab gap' -

Europe must "close the gap" on vaccinations to stop its Covid-19 surge, with the un-jabbed driving a rise in hospitalisations, the EU's drug watchdog says.

- UN alarm over prices -

The United Nations warns of an 11-percent hike in prices next year unless a surge in container freight rates caused by the pandemic is tackled.

- Pfizer do huge pill deal -

Pfizer says it is selling 10 million courses of its Covid-19 pill treatment to US government for $5.3 billion.

- Swiss cool about surge -

Switzerland's health minister says no new restrictions are needed despite new daily cases quadrupling in a month to the highest this year.

- Three athletes positive -

Three athletes in China at training events for the Beijing Winter Olympics test positive. Athletes are to be kept within a "closed-loop" bubble for the Games which begin in February.

- HSBC backs HK quarantine -

Banking giant HSBC backs Hong Kong's decision to mirror China's strict zero-Covid strategy despite concern in the industry over the business hub's international isolation.

- German patient sent to Italy -

Such is the surge in Germany that, with intensive care beds filling up and staff running short, a hospital in the Bavarian town of Freising sent a virus patient to northern Italy for treatment.

- More than 5.1 million dead - 

The coronavirus has killed at least 5,122,675 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1100 GMT Thursday. 

The United States has suffered the most Covid-related deaths with 767,435, followed by Brazil with 611,851, India with 464,623, Mexico with 291,573 and Russia with 260,335.

The countries with the most new deaths were the United States with 1,630, followed by Russia with 1,251 and Ukraine with 752.

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

With inputs from AFP.