Positivity ratio drops to 1.37% as Pakistan records only 603 corona cases

By: News Desk      Published: 08:06 AM, 19 Oct, 2021
Positivity ratio drops to 1.37% as Pakistan records only 603 corona cases
An Albanian student shows a vaccine passport as she enters the polytechnic university in Tirana.–AFP

The coronavirus pandemic showed further signs of receding in Pakistan during the last 24 hours (Monday) with the positivity ratio dropping down to just 1.37 percent.

The figures released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Tuesday morning showed that Pakistan has recorded 20 deaths and 603 infections with the positivity ratio nosediving to 1.37 percent.

As per the NCOC data, after the addition of 20 new deaths, the overall toll has now surged to 28,300 whereas the number of total infections now stood at 1,265,110 after adding the fresh 603 cases.

During the last 24 hours (Monday), a total of 43,786 tests were conducted throughout Pakistan. The number of patients in critical care was 1,825.

During the last 24 hours (Monday), as many as 813 patients have recovered from the virus whereas the total recoveries stood at 1,211,710. As of Tuesday, the total count of active cases in the country was recorded at 25,640.

As many as 466,154 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 438,133 in Punjab, 176,950 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 106,504 in Islamabad, 33,133 in Balochistan, 34,406 in Azad Kashmir and 10,370 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Moreover, 12,861 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab so far, 7,533 in Sindh, 5,689 in KP, 937 in Islamabad, 740 in Azad Kashmir, 354 in Balochistan and 186 in Gilgit Baltistan.

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENTS

Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:

- Colin Powell dies -

Colin Powell, a US war hero and the first Black secretary of state, has died from complications from Covid-19, his family says. He was 84.

- EU exports 1 billion doses -

The European Union has exported "over one billion" doses of Covid-19 vaccines in the past 10 months, the bloc's chief Ursula von der Leyen says.

- S.Africa rejects Sputnik -  

South Africa's health products regulator says it will not approve Russia's Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine due to concerns it could increase the risk of HIV infection among men.

- Italian ex-Covid czar probed -

The official who led Italy's initial response to coronavirus, Domenico Arcuri, is under investigation for embezzlement and abuse of office related to the purchase of face masks from China, his spokesperson says.

- Support dropping -

Nearly two years into the pandemic, growing numbers of people in the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Sweden and Japan value protecting the economy over fighting the virus, even if it leads to more Covid deaths, a poll says.

- Congo steps up jabs -

The Republic of Congo announces a 45-day programme to battle a third coronavirus wave, including vaccinating at least 750,000 people.

- Over 4.8 million dead - 

The coronavirus has killed at least 4,895,733 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP on Monday. 

The US has suffered the most Covid-related deaths with 724,317, followed by Brazil with 603,282, India 452,290, Mexico 284,381 and Russia 224,310.

Based on the latest reports, the countries with the most new deaths were Russia with 998, Romania with 299 and Iran with 199.

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.