Covid infections take a deep plunge in Pakistan

NIH data shows infectivity rate also slided to 0.31%: Hong Kong leader tests positive for Covid on return from APEC

By: News Desk
Published: 09:17 AM, 21 Nov, 2022
Pakistan coronavirus
Caption: A health worker holds up a QR code to scan as people queue to test for the Covid-19 coronavirus at a swab collection station in Beijing.–AFP
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The gradual decline in the daily number of Covid-19 infections touched a new low as Pakistan registered only 17 cases with no fatality during the last 24 hours (Sunday), showed the figures released by the National Institute of Health (NIH) on Monday morning, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

According to the NIH data, the death toll in the country remained unchanged at 30,630 whereas the number of total infections now rose to 1,574,914 after adding the fresh 29 cases.

During the last 24 hours (Sunday), 5,435 tests were conducted throughout Pakistan whereas the positivity ratio also slid to 0.38 percent. The number of patients in critical care was 42.

Hong Kong leader tests positive for Covid 

Hong Kong leader John Lee tested positive for Covid-19 on his return from an Asia-Pacific summit, the city's government said Monday, days after he met Chinese President Xi Jinping and other heads of state.

Lee visited Thailand's capital Bangkok last week to attend a meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, with his office saying he tested negative on rapid antigen tests for all four days he was there.

"The Chief Executive is undergoing quarantine in accordance with the guidelines provided by the Centre for Health Protection," a government statement said.

The APEC summit was Lee's first overseas trip since the pandemic began nearly three years ago, as well as his first since taking office as Hong Kong's chief executive in July.

Lee met with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Vietnamese President Nguyen Phuc and several other senior officials at the forum.

At the informal leaders summit on Friday, Lee sat between Xi and Widodo, with all three unmasked.

The trip aimed in part to revive Hong Kong's status as a regional financial hub, after the city was effectively cut off from the rest of the world through the pandemic due to strict quarantine requirements for incoming travellers.

The government has relaxed restrictions in recent months, scrapping mandatory hotel quarantine and reducing the number of compulsory tests for arrivals.

Masking remains mandatory in public places, with residents required to check-in on a government-run app at dining and entertainment venues.

Lee's office said he would continue to work from home during his mandatory isolation period, and that members of his staff who travelled with him had tested negative.

With inputs from AFP.

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