Pakistan reports 40 new Covid deaths, 2,579 infections in 24 hours

By: News Desk      Published: 11:49 AM, 21 Jul, 2021
Pakistan reports 40 new Covid deaths, 2,579 infections in 24 hours
People wearing facemasks visit a market.

Another 40 people died and 2,579 more were infected by coronavirus during the last 24 hours (Tuesday) across Pakistan, showed the data released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Wednesday morning.

As per the latest NCOC figures, with the addition of 40 new deaths the toll has now soared to 22,888 whereas the total number of cases has now reached 996,451 after adding 2,579 new ones.

During the past 24 hours (Tuesday), as many as 939 patients have recovered from the virus whereas the total recoveries stood at 922,034. As of Wednesday, the total count of active cases was recorded at 51,529 whereas the positivity ratio was recorded at 6.26 percent.

As many as 359,824 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 351,345 in Punjab, 141,138 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 85,028 in Islamabad, 29,242 in Balochistan, 22,339 in Azad Kashmir and 7,535 in Gilgit Baltistan.

Moreover, 10,900 individuals have so far lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab, 5,756 in Sindh, 4,397 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 788 in Islamabad, 605 in Azad Kashmir, 320 in Balochistan and 122 in Gilgit Baltistan.

Global developments

Here are the global developments in the coronavirus crisis:

- White House cases -

A vaccinated White House senior official has tested positive for Covid-19, a spokeswoman says, adding that the person had not had contact with President Joe Biden.

Biden's press secretary Jen Psaki says there have been other so-called breakthrough cases at the White House, but does not confirm how many or when.

- Iran: record surge -

Iran, the Middle East's hardest-hit country, seeks to contain a new record surge in Covid cases, with government offices, banks and many businesses shut in the capital Tehran.

- And France...  -

French Health Minister Olivier Veran says that new Covid-19 infections are increasing at an unprecedented rate due to the Delta variant, after 18,000 cases were reported for the previous 24 hours.

- Eid despite surge -

Indonesians pray outside mosques and slaughter goats to commemorate a sombre Eid al-Adha festival despite efforts to stop mass gatherings with deaths skyrocketing in the country, now a global virus hotspot.

- Sleepless nights -

A fifth person tests positive in the Olympics Village after the event's chief Thomas Bach reveals "doubts" and "sleepless nights" over the postponed Tokyo Games as the opening ceremony nears.

- Sanofi jab -

The European Medicines Agency says it has started a "rolling review" of France's Sanofi coronavirus jab, Vidprevtyn, which could lead to approval for use in the European Union.

 - Bhutan jab drive -

Bhutan rolls out second doses of its vaccine programme, after receiving donations, after running out of shots following a first phase that saw most of its eligible adult population inoculated in two weeks.

- Boris Johnson under fire -

Boris Johnson's former aide Dominic Cummings, in an interview to be aired in full on the BBC, says the British prime minister sought to avoid a second lockdown last autumn, arguing that most dying were over 80.

- Four million dead -

The coronavirus has killed at least 4,100,352 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 609,231 deaths, followed by Brazil with 542,756, India with 414,482, Mexico with 236,469 and Peru with 195,243 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.