Pakistan posts 5,857 new coronavirus infections, 98 deaths

By: News Desk      Published: 10:35 AM, 22 Apr, 2021
Pakistan posts 5,857 new coronavirus infections, 98 deaths
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Another 98 people lost their lives to the coronavirus whereas 5,857 new infections were reported during the last 24 hours (Wednesday), showed the data released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Thursday morning.

As per the NCOC statistics, after the addition of 98 new deaths the toll has now surged to 16,698 whereas the number of confirmed cases stood at 778,238, after adding the 5,857 new ones.

During the past 24 hours (Wednesday), 3,986 patients have recovered from the deadly virus while the total recoveries stood at 676,605. As of Thursday, the total count of active cases was recorded at 84,935, and the positivity ratio recorded 10.16 percent.

As many as 275,081 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 279,437 in Punjab, 109,704 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 71,533 in Islamabad, 21,242 in Balochistan, 16,026 in Azad Kashmir and 5,215 in Gilgit Baltistan.

As many as 7,718 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab, 4,562 in Sindh, 2,990 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 649 in Islamabad, 449 in Azad Kashmir, 226 in Balochistan and 104 in Gilgit Baltistan.

The health facilities across the country conducted 57,591 coronavirus detection tests, taking the total number of COVID-19 tests to 11,377,42 since the first case was reported early last year.

Punjab: Authorities reported 54 deaths due to the coronavirus, raising total casualties to 7,718. The province now has 279,437 confirmed cases; it reported 2,902 new infections after conducting 28,829 tests, a positivity ratio of 10.1 percent. There were 2,351 new recoveries recorded, leaving 226,380 fully recovered, and 45,339 active cases of the virus.

Sindh: Confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Sindh have now climbed to 275,081; it reported 885 new infections after conducting 12,881 tests, a positivity ratio of 6.87 percent. The province reported 3 new deaths, raising toll to 4,562, while its recoveries rose by 246 to 261,298. Overall, the province now has 9,221 active cases of the novel coronavirus.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: During the past 24 hours (Wednesday), the provincial government recorded 1,242 new infections after conducting 8,007 tests, a positivity ratio of 15.51 percent. Overall, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s confirmed cases have climbed to 109,704. It recorded 37 new deaths and 847 recoveries, raising toll to 2,990 and recoveries to 92,687. There are currently 14,027 active cases of COVID-19 in the province.

Balochistan: The province raised its confirmed cases to 21,242 with 115 new infections after conducting 1,096 tests, a positivity ratio of 10.49 percent. There was 1 death and 60 recoveries during the past 24 hours (Wednesday), leaving 226 fatalities and 19,957 fully recovered. There are now 1,059 active cases of COVID-19 in the province.

Islamabad: The federal capital raised its confirmed coronavirus cases by 549 to 71,533 after conducting 5,344 tests; a positivity ratio of 10.27 percent. There were no deaths and 348 recoveries in the past 24 hours, leaving 649 casualties; 57,979 recovered; and 12,905 active cases.

GB: Gilgit Baltistan recorded 11 new cases of COVID-19 after conducting 348 tests, a positivity ratio of 3.16 percent; it now has 5,215 confirmed cases. The region reported no new deaths and 4 recoveries, leaving 104 fatalities and 5,001 fully recovered people. There are currently 110 active cases of COVID-19 in the region.

Global developments

Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:

- India's record-breaking surge -

The brutal new outbreak in India sets new records with more than 2,000 deaths in 24 hours as hospitals in New Delhi run perilously low on oxygen. 

The second wave, blamed on lax government rules and a new "double mutant" virus variant, has added almost 3.5 million new cases this month alone.

- 200 million US doses -

The United States will hit President Joe Biden's target of administering 200 million doses of coronavirus vaccines within his first 100 days in office by the end of this week, the White House says.

- Tensions in Germany -

Police clash with thousands of protesters in Berlin as the German parliament passes a legal amendment to give Angela Merkel's government power to impose tougher measures to curb the pandemic.

- One million Iraq cases -

Covid-19 infections in Iraq surpass one million, the health ministry says, a figure unmatched in the Arab world, in a country that has long faced medical shortages.

- Idlib jabs arrive -

A first batch of Covid-19 vaccines arrives in Idlib in war-torn northwestern Syria, where millions live in dire humanitarian conditions.

- Opening in Denmark -

Denmark's bars, cafes, restaurants and museums reopen, and fans are to be allowed to return to the stands to watch the final match of the first division football league, as the spread of Covid-19 is deemed stable.

- Easing curbs -

France plans to lift travel restrictions and ease a nationwide curfew on May 2 on expectations that daily Covid-19 cases will soon start to fall, a source close to the presidency says.

And Finland could start lifting curbs on businesses and youth activities from next week, but borders will stay closed to tourists for at least the coming months, ministers say after agreeing an "exit plan".

- Autumn herd immunity -

Russian President Vladimir Putin says in his state of union address that the country is aiming for herd immunity by the autumn and hails the homegrown development of three vaccines.

- $47.7 billion airline hit -

Airlines are forecast to lose $47.7 billion (39.7 billion euros) this year -- worse than previously forecast, the International Air Transport Association says as the sector struggles to recover from the pandemic.

- More than three million dead -

At least 3,046,134 people have died of Covid-19 around the world 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 568,470 deaths, followed by Brazil with 378,003, Mexico with 213,048, India with 182,553 and Britain with 127,307. 

With inputs from AFP.