Pakistan lists 71 more coronavirus deaths, 2,580 infections in a day

By: News Desk      Published: 08:25 AM, 19 Sep, 2021
Pakistan coronavirus cases
The grandson of Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen receives a dose of the Sinovac Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh, as the country begins vaccinating children aged between six and 12.–AFP

Pakistan has registered another 71 deaths and 2,580 infections by coronavirus during the last 24 hours (Saturday), showed the statistics released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Sunday morning.

As per the NCOC figures, after the addition of 71 new deaths, the overall toll has now surged to 27,206 whereas the number of total infections now stood at 1,223,841 after adding the fresh 2,580 cases.

During the last 24 hours (Saturday), a total of 55,027 tests were conducted throughout Pakistan whereas the positivity ratio stood at 4.68 percent. The number of patients in critical care was 4,964.

During the last 24 hours (Saturday), as many as 3,164 patients have recovered from the virus whereas the total recoveries stood at 1,132,726. As of Sunday, the total count of active cases in the country was recorded at 63,909.

As many as 450,126 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 421,800 in Punjab, 171,072 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 104,114 in Islamabad, 32,757 in Balochistan, 33,732 in Azad Kashmir and 10,240 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Moreover, 12,396 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab so far, 7,258 in Sindh, 5,395 in KP, 902 in Islamabad, 729 in Azad Kashmir, 344 in Balochistan and 182 in Gilgit Baltistan.

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENTS

Here are the global developments in the coronavirus crisis.

- French anti-health pass campaigners march -

Protesters against France's "health pass" demonstrate across the country for a 10th consecutive weekend, but numbers are significantly down on previous weeks, according to official figures, which put the turnout at 80,000, down from 121,000 last Saturday.

- US experts back booster jab for over-65s -

A panel of leading US medical experts advising the government vote in favour of authorising boosters of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine for everyone aged 65 and up, as well as people at high risk of developing severe Covid-19.

But it rejects a proposal to fully approve boosters to everyone aged 16 and over. 

- 200 arrested in Melbourne lockdown protest -

Several police officers are injured and over 200 protesters arrested in Australia's second-most-populous city Melbourne in violent clashes at an anti-lockdown march.

Officers use pepper spray as several hundred attendees flout stay-at-home orders and march through an inner-city suburb.

- Cases numbers dropping in North Africa -

Weeks after a spike in coronavirus cases overwhelmed intensive care units across North Africa with severe oxygen shortages sparking public anger, case numbers are sharply declining.

- Guantanamo 9/11 trial halted by Covid scare -

The pretrial hearing in the case against accused 9/11 attacks mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others is suspended amid a coronavirus scare in the courtroom at the US naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

- New York Philharmonic resumes performances -

Following 556 days of pandemic-inflicted cancellations, and $21 million in lost revenues, the New York Philharmonic opens its new season, a "homecoming" for musicians limited to live streams, one-off and outdoor shows for more than a year.

- Over 4.6 million dead - 

The coronavirus has killed at least 4,678,016 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 672,880 deaths, followed by Brazil with 589,573, India with 444,529, Mexico 270,538 and Peru 198,948.

The countries that have recorded the most deaths over the last seven days are: the United States, with 15,570, Russia, with 5,461, and Brazil, with 3,727. 

With inputs from AFP.