Pakistan records 54 Covid infections, no death

NIH data shows infectivity rate stands at 0.57%: Coronavirus is still a global health emergency, says WHO

By: News Desk
Published: 09:10 AM, 20 Oct, 2022
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Pakistan has recorded another 54 Covid-19 infections and no fatality during the last 24 hours (Wednesday), showed the statistics released by the National Institute of Health (NIH) on Thursday morning, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The death toll in the country remained the same at 30,623 while the number of total infections now rose to 1,573,506 after adding the fresh 54 cases.

During the last 24 hours (Wednesday), 9,447 tests were conducted throughout Pakistan whereas the positivity ratio stood at 0.57 percent. The number of patients in critical care was recorded at 46.

Coronavirus is still a global health emergency, says WHO

The World Health Organization said on Wednesday that coronavirus pandemic remains a global emergency, nearly three years after it was first declared as one.

The WHO's emergency committee first made the declaration for Covid-19 on January 30, 2020. Such a determination can help accelerate research, funding and international public health measures to contain a disease.

The UN-agency has said in recent months that while cases are falling in parts of the world, countries still need to maintain their vigilance and push to get their most vulnerable populations vaccinated. "Although the public perception is that the pandemic is over in some parts of the world, it remains a public health event that continues to adversely and strongly affect the health of the world's population," the WHO's committee said.

It noted that even though the number of weekly deaths are the lowest since the pandemic began, they still remain high compared to other viruses.

"This pandemic has surprised us before and very well may again," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters.

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