Pakistan records 6,540 new corona infections, 12 deaths in 24 hours

Omicron is now dominant Covid-19 variant circulating in European Union

By: News Desk
Published: 08:35 AM, 22 Jan, 2022
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Caption: A health worker inoculates a student with a dose of the Pfizer vaccine against the Covid-19 coronavirus at a school in Karachi.–AFP
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Pakistan has listed another 6,540 coronavirus infections and 12 deaths during the last 24 hours (Friday) amid fresh wave of Covid-19 fuelled by the Omicron variant, showed the figures released by National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Saturday morning.

As per the NCOC statistics, after the addition of 12 new deaths, the overall toll has now surged to 29,077 whereas the number of total infections now stood at 1,360,019 after adding the fresh 6,540 cases.

During the last 24 hours (Friday), 58,902 tests were conducted throughout Pakistan whereas the positivity ratio stood at 11.10 percent. The number of patients in critical care was 1,055.

During the last 24 hours (Friday), as many as 1,119 patients have recovered from the virus whereas the total recoveries stood at 1,267,598. As of Saturday, the total count of active cases in the country was recorded at 63,344.

As many as 520,415 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 460,335 in Punjab, 183,865 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 115,939 in Islamabad, 33,855 in Balochistan, 35,130 in Azad Kashmir and 10,480 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Moreover, 13,100 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab so far, 7,730 in Sindh, 5,969 in KP, 975 in Islamabad, 749 in Azad Kashmir, 367 in Balochistan and 187 in Gilgit Baltistan.

 

Punjab

On Saturday, authorities reported 4 deaths due to the coronavirus, raising total casualties to 13,100. The province now has 460,335 confirmed cases; it reported 1,456 new infections after administering 21,253 tests, a positivity ratio of 6.8 percent. There were 127 new recoveries recorded, leaving 431,796 fully recovered, and 15,439 active cases of the virus.

Sindh

Confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Sindh have now climbed to 520,415; it reported 3,541 new infections on Saturday after conducting 15,861 tests, a positivity ratio of 22.32 percent. The province reported 3 deaths and 787 recoveries, leaving 7,730 deaths and 474,127 total recovered. Overall, the province now has 38,558 active cases of the novel coronavirus.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The provincial government on Saturday reported 462 new cases after administering 12,045 tests, a positivity ratio of 3.83 percent. Overall, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s confirmed cases have climbed to 183,865. It recorded 1 new death and 43 recoveries, raising toll to 5,969 and recoveries to 175,645. There are currently 2,251 active cases of COVID-19 in the province.

Balochistan

The province on Saturday raised its total confirmed cases to 33,855, reporting 43 new infections after conducting 721 tests, a positivity ratio of 5.96 percent. There were no deaths and 2 recoveries reported in the past 24 hours, leaving 367 fatalities and 33,289 fully recovered. There are now 199 active cases of COVID-19 in the province.

Islamabad

Islamabad on Saturday raised its confirmed coronavirus cases to 115,939, reporting 892 new cases after conducting 7,078 tests, a positivity ratio of 12.6 percent. There were 4 deaths and 153 recoveries recorded in the past 24 hours, leaving 975 casualties; 108,525 recovered; and 6,439 active cases.

Gilgit Baltistan

Gilgit-Baltistan reported 13 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday after conducting 440 tests, a positivity ratio of 2.95 percent; it currently has 10,480 confirmed cases. There were no deaths or recoveries reported in the past 24 hours, leaving 187 fatalities; 10,243 fully recovered people; and 50 active cases of COVID-19.

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENTS

Here are the global developments in the coronavirus crisis:

- Omicron dominant in EU -

Omicron is now the dominant Covid-19 variant circulating in the European Union, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control says.

- Vaccines work -

Covid-19 vaccines and boosters continue to have very high efficacy against severe outcomes during the Omicron wave of the virus, a large real-world study from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows.

- Lech Walesa has Covid -

Polish freedom icon Lech Walesa says he has contracted Covid-19 despite being fully vaccinated and having received a booster shot, as Poland grapples with a record spike in infections.

- Zero-Covid aid for Tonga -

The United Nations says it will avoid contact with locals as it delivers food, fuel and clean water to Tonga after the volcano and tsunami disaster, to avoid bringing coronavirus to the remote Pacific island nation. 

- In-person Davos -

The Davos summit will be held in person for the first time since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, from May 22-26, the World Economic Forum announces.

- Aid for South Africa -

The World Bank approves a $750-million loan to support South Africa's Covid response and to bolster the economic recovery from the pandemic.

- More than 5.5 million dead -

The coronavirus has killed at least 5,572,224 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to an AFP tally compiled from official sources on Friday.

The United States has recorded the most Covid deaths with 860,248, followed by Brazil with 622,205, India on 488,396 and Russia 324,752.

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.