Pakistan logs 37 more coronavirus deaths, 1,050 infections in a day

By: News Desk      Published: 08:29 AM, 20 Jun, 2021
Pakistan logs 37 more coronavirus deaths, 1,050 infections in a day
Pregnant women wait for their turn to receive a dose of the Moderna vaccine against COVID-19 at the National Secretary of Sports vaccination centre in Asuncion, Paraguay.–AFP

Another 37 people lost their lives to the coronavirus whereas 1050 new infections were reported during the last 24 hours (Saturday) across Pakistan, showed the data released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Sunday morning.

As per the latest NCOC statistics, after adding 37 new deaths, the toll has now soared to 21,977 whereas the number of confirmed cases now stood at 948,268.

During the past 24 hours (Saturday), 2,532 patients have recovered from the virus whereas the total recoveries stood at 892,319.

As of Sunday, the total count of active cases was recorded at 33,972 whereas the positivity rate was dropped at 2.55 percent.

As many as 331,659 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 344,970 in Punjab, 136,973 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 82,344 in Islamabad, 26,585 in Balochistan, 19,934 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and 5,803 in Gilgit Baltistan.

Moreover, 10,633 individuals have so far lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab, 5,327 in Sindh, 4,262 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 775 in Islamabad, 571 in Azad Kashmir, 301 in Balochistan and 108 in Gilgit Baltistan.

The health facilities across the country conducted 41,065 coronavirus detection tests, taking the total number of Covid-19 tests to 14,113,670 since the first case was reported early last year.

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENTS

Here are the global developments in the coronavirus crisis:

- Brazil deaths pass 500,000 -

Brazil crosses the threshold of 500,000 coronavirus deaths, the country's health minister says, trailing only the United States in lives lost to Covid-19.

- Record infections in Moscow -

Russia's capital Moscow reports a pandemic high for new coronavirus cases for the second straight day, as the city's hospitals are flooded with new patients due to the Delta variant.

The city registers 9,120 new coronavirus infections in 24 hours, according to government figures, a second consecutive high topping the previous day's total of 9,056 cases. 

- Capacity crowd for Hungary-France match -

France and Hungary play their Euro 2020 match in Budapest in front of 56,000 football fans.

The Puskas Arena is the only tournament venue without capacity restrictions due to Covid-19.

- Mexico raises alert level -

Mexico City, which had finally managed to lower its alert level back to green two weeks ago, sees infections rise again, forcing a return to a state of high alert, say official -- but this will not change reopening plans.

- US offers Taiwan 2.5 million vaccine doses -

The United States announces that 2.5 million Covid vaccine doses are on their way to Taiwan, a move likely to draw disapproval from Beijing, which claims the self-ruled island.

- Flights cancelled from Chinese airport -

The airport in China's southern city of Shenzhen cancels hundreds of flights and tightens entry controls after a restaurant employee tests positive for the Delta coronavirus variant.

- Guadeloupe eases Covid restrictions -

The French overseas territory of Guadeloupe in the Caribbean reopens all restaurants, sports facilities and abolishes compulsory wearing of masks.

- Malawi runs out of vaccines -

Delays in coronavirus vaccine shipments to Malawi cause health facilities to run out of doses, with hundreds waiting to receive a second shot, the health minister says.

- 32,000 golf fans at British Open -

Around 32,000 spectators a day are expected at the British Open golf tournament from July 11-18.

The Open follows other big British sporting events such as Wimbledon and Royal Ascot in benefiting from a government test programme.

- 3.8 million dead -

The pandemic has killed at least 3,854,387 people worldwide since the virus first emerged in December 2019, according to an AFP compilation of official data at 1730 GMT.

The US is the worst-affected country with 601,574 deaths, followed by Brazil with 498,499, India with 385,137, Mexico with 230,959, Peru with 189,933 and Russia with 128,911.

The figures are based on reports by health authorities in each country, but do not take into account upward revisions carried out later by statistical bodies. 

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

With inputs from AFP.