Pakistan logs 38 more coronavirus deaths, 1,329 infections in 24 hours

By: News Desk      Published: 10:39 AM, 21 Feb, 2021
Pakistan logs 38 more coronavirus deaths, 1,329 infections in 24 hours

Another 38 people lost their lives due to the novel coronavirus whereas 1,329 fresh cases were reported from across Pakistan during the last 24 hours (Saturday), showed the figures released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Sunday.

As per the latest NCOC data, after the addition of new deaths the overall toll has surged to 12,601 while the number of total confirmed cases stood at 571,174 after adding 1,329 fresh infections.

During the past 24 hours (Saturday), as many as 905 patients have recovered from the virus while the number of total recoveries stood at 534,107. The total count of active cases in the country was 24,466.

As many as 255,834 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Sindh, 167,345 in Punjab, 70,886 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 43,402 in Islamabad, 18,979 in Balochistan, 9,777 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and 4,951 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

So far 5,204 individuals have lost their lives to the epidemic in Punjab, 4,288 in Sindh, 2,032 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 488 in Islamabad, 288 in Azad Kashmir, 199 in Balochistan and 102 in Gilgit Baltistan.

A total of 41,395 tests were conducted during the last 24 hours (Saturday) while 8,686,242 samples have been tested so far.

Global developments

These are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:

- World passes 200m vaccine doses -

More than 200 million coronavirus doses have been administered worldwide, according to an AFP tally at 1000 GMT Saturday, although 45 percent were in the wealthy G7 nations and 92 percent in countries ranked high- or upper-middle income by the World Bank.

Israel is far ahead of any other country worldwide with almost half its population having received at least one vaccine dose and one-third both doses needed for full protection.

- Russia registers third vaccine -

Russia says 120,000 doses of its third authorised coronavirus vaccine, CoviVac, will reach people by March, following in the footsteps of the Sputnik V and EpiVacCorona shots.

The new vaccine, still in final-stage clinical trials, was produced by the state-run Chumakov Centre based in Moscow and employed a different method of development from Sputnik and EpiVacCorona, using an inactive virus.

- New Zealand starts vaccine campaign -

Calling it a "small but important step in a long journey", New Zealand starts its vaccination programme with the initial focus on high-risk citizens and those returning from overseas, along with border and quarantine workers.

Despite the vaccine program, the New Zealand government has said it is unlikely overseas tourists will be allowed to return this year.

- Argentina health minister quits -

Gines Gonzalez Garci, 75, steps down from his job as Argentina's health minister after it emerged that friends of his had been able to skip the line for vaccination.

So far only health workers have been vaccinated in Argentina and vaccinations for people aged over 70 only began on Wednesday in the province of Buenos Aires. 

- Romania prioritises vaccinating homeless -

Romania says it has vaccinated almost 300 homeless people in the days since making them a priority alongside the elderly and the chronically ill, saying they have little chance of protecting themselves against infection.

Bucharest decided to move the homeless up the priority scale -- following in Denmark's footsteps -- after pressure from charity groups.

- More than 2.45 million dead -

An AFP count at 1100 GMT Saturday shows that Covid-19 has killed at least 2,453,070 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, with at least 110,700,000 cases registered.

The United States remains the worst-affected country with 495,804 deaths from 28,006,085 cases, followed by Brazil, Mexico, India and Britain.

With inputs from AFP.