Pakistan records 37 more corona deaths, 2,145 infections in a day

By: News Desk      Published: 08:28 AM, 20 Jul, 2021
Pakistan records 37 more corona deaths, 2,145 infections in a day
With no Covid guidelines in place, people travel in an overcrowded bus to their hometowns ahead of Eidul Azha in Lahore.–AFP

Another 37 people died and 2,145 more were infected by coronavirus during the last 24 hours (Monday) across Pakistan, showed the data released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Tuesday morning.

As per the latest NCOC figures, with the addition of 37 new deaths the toll has now soared to 22,848 whereas the total number of cases has now reached 993,872 after adding 2,145 new ones.

During the past 24 hours (Monday), as many as 1,029 patients have recovered from the virus whereas the total recoveries stood at 921,095. As of Tuesday, the total count of active cases was recorded at 49,929 whereas the positivity ratio was recorded at 5.25 percent.

As many as 358,176 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 351,000 in Punjab, 140,962 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 84,842 in Islamabad, 29,190 in Balochistan, 21,192 in Azad Kashmir and 7,510 in Gilgit Baltistan.

Moreover, 10,892 individuals have so far lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab, 5,737 in Sindh, 4,391 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 787 in Islamabad, 602 in Azad Kashmir, 319 in Balochistan and 120 in Gilgit Baltistan.

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENTS

Here are the global developments in the coronavirus crisis:

- 'Freedom day' under a cloud -

Day-to-day pandemic restrictions are lifted in England but "freedom day" is met with deep concern from scientists as cases surge across the nation -- and around the world.

However, Prime Minister Boris Johnson says nightclubbers in Britain will have to prove they are fully vaccinated against coronavirus.

- Jabs for vulnerable kids -

Britain will administer coronavirus vaccines to clinically vulnerable 12- to 15-year-olds, the government says, but not to all children due to an ongoing review into potential side effects.

- Olympic worries -

Tokyo's Olympic Village is hit by a fourth coronavirus case, and major sponsor Toyota says it will not run any Games-related TV ads as the event struggles for support just days before the opening ceremony.

- Tehran offices closed -

Government offices and banks in Iran's Tehran and Alborz provinces close until next Monday morning, as daily infections draw close to an all-time high in the Middle East's hardest-hit country.

- South Africa death rate -

Covid-19 has resulted in a one-third hike in the death rate in South Africa, the continent's worst-hit country, rising from 8.7 fatalities per 1,000 in 2020 to 11.6 per thousand in 2021, Statistics South Africa says.

- Saudi travel curbs -

From next month any Saudi citizen wishing to travel abroad must have had two doses of coronavirus vaccine, tightening existing measures, the interior ministry says.

- Mauritania bans mosque prayers -

Mauritania bans mosque prayers over the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha set for Wednesday in the West African country.

- Iceland reinstates tests -  

Iceland, one of the first countries to have lifted restrictions for travellers, is to reinstate a requirement for negative tests for vaccinated people to enter the country, the government says.

- Ireland travel ease -

Ireland dramatically loosens international travel restrictions, joining an EU-wide pandemic passport scheme weeks later than the rest of the bloc after a ransomware attack hobbled healthcare IT systems.

- Georgia rugby coach -

Georgia national rugby coach Levan Maisashvili has suffered lung damage and is on a ventilator in a South African hospital after contracting coronavirus, an official says.

- Four million dead -

The coronavirus has killed at least 4,093,263 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP.

The United States is the worst-affected country with 609,021 deaths, followed by Brazil with 542,214, India with 414,108, Mexico with 236,331 and Peru with 195,146 fatalities. 

The WHO says up to three times more people have died directly or indirectly as a result of the pandemic than official figures suggest.

With inputs from AFP.