Pakistan posts four coronavirus deaths, 270 infections in a day

By: News Desk
Published: 08:16 AM, 21 Dec, 2021
Pakistan posts four coronavirus deaths, 270 infections in a day
Caption: A member of the public receives her Covid-19 vaccine inside the newly-se up vaccination centre at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool as the booster rollout accelerates in England.–AFP
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Pakistan has reported four deaths and 270 infections from coronavirus pandemic during the last 24 hours (Monday), showed the statistics released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Tuesday morning.

As per the NCOC data, after the addition of four new deaths, the overall toll has now surged to 28,882 whereas the number of total infections now stood at 1,291,737 after adding the fresh 270 cases.

During the last 24 hours (Monday), a total of 42,506 tests were conducted throughout Pakistan whereas the positivity ratio stood at 0.63 percent. The number of patients in critical care was 643.

During the last 24 hours (Monday), as many as 297 patients have recovered from the virus whereas the total recoveries stood at 1,253,298. As of Tuesday, the total count of active cases in the country was recorded at 9,557.

As many as 479,326 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 444,267 in Punjab, 181,023 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 108,308 in Islamabad, 33,587 in Balochistan, 34,642 in Azad Kashmir and 10,429 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Moreover, 13,059 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab so far, 7,652 in Sindh, 5,911 in KP, 964 in Islamabad, 745 in Azad Kashmir, 363 in Balochistan and 186 in Gilgit Baltistan.

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENTS

Here are the global developments in the coronavirus crisis:

- 'End the pandemic' in 2022 -

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus calls for the world to pull together and make the difficult decisions needed to end the Covid-19 pandemic within the next year. 

As the end-of-year festivities approach, he says it is better to cancel events "now and celebrate later than to celebrate now and grieve later."

- Fifth vaccine for EU -

The European Union approves a vaccine from US company Novavax as its fifth official Covid jab, which uses a more conventional technology that the biotech firm hopes will reduce vaccine hesitancy.

- Moderna booster works -

US vaccine maker Moderna expresses confidence that its booster shot is effective against the Omicron variant, after the announcement of laboratory results it describes as "reassuring.

- German New Year's Eve curbs? -

Germany plans to limit private New Year's Eve parties to 10 people, a draft document shows, as it tightens Covid restrictions in a bid to slow the spread of Omicron.

- Johnson defies curbs pressure -

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson defies pressure to tighten coronavirus rules over Christmas to curb surging Omicron cases, but vows to keep the situation "under constant review".

- Premier League to play on -

Premier League clubs decide against a temporary halt to the football season, despite a surge in coronavirus cases that has forced a number of matches to be postponed.

- Stocks, oil slump on Omicron -

Global equity and oil markets slump on investor panic over the impact of worldwide measures to contain the Omicron variant.

- Davos postponed -

The World Economic Forum (WEF) says it "will defer" until the early summer its annual meeting in Davos in the light of continued uncertainty over the Omicron variant.

- Nadal tests positive -

Tennis legend Rafael Nadal says he has tested positive, which puts in doubt his participation in the Australian Open next month.

- Cricket without spectators -

The forthcoming Test and one-day international series between South Africa and India will be played without spectators because of the pandemic.

- Over 5.3 million dead - 

The coronavirus has killed at least 5,352,288 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a tally Monday from official sources compiled by AFP.

The countries with the highest per capita number of new infections are Denmark with 1,094 per 100,000 inhabitants followed by the United Kingdom with 798, the Netherlands with 678, Switzerland with 671 and Ireland with 668.

Also Read: Omicron now dominant in US as WHO urges greater effort to end pandemic

The US has suffered the most Covid-related deaths with 806,438, followed by Brazil with 617,803, India with 477,554 and Russia with 298,222.

Taking into account excess mortality linked to Covid-19, the WHO estimates the overall death toll could be two to three times higher.

With inputs from AFP.