Coronavirus kills 40 more, infects 2,158 in Pakistan

By: News Desk      Published: 11:19 AM, 22 Jul, 2021
Coronavirus kills 40 more, infects 2,158 in Pakistan
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Another 40 people died and 2,158 more were infected by coronavirus during the last 24 hours (Wednesday) across Pakistan, showed the figures released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Thursday morning.

As per the latest NCOC statistics, with the addition of 40 new deaths the toll has now soared to 22,928 whereas the total number of cases has now reached 998,609 after adding 2,158 new ones.

During the past 24 hours (Wednesday), as many as 895 patients have recovered from the virus whereas the total recoveries stood at 922,929. As of Thursday, the total count of active cases was recorded at 52,752 whereas the positivity ratio was recorded at 6.30 percent.

As many as 361,160 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 351,592 in Punjab, 141,288 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 85,179 in Islamabad, 29,301 in Balochistan, 22,538 in Azad Kashmir and 7,551 in Gilgit Baltistan.

Moreover, 10,906 individuals have so far lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab, 5,784 in Sindh, 4,402 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 788 in Islamabad, 606 in Azad Kashmir, 320 in Balochistan and 122 in Gilgit Baltistan.

 GLOBAL DEVELOPMENTS

Here are the global developments in the coronavirus crisis:

- Black fungus -

India recorded more than 45,000 cases of the deadly "black fungus" over the last two months, of which over 4,200 people died, the health ministry says, as a nationwide outbreak sweeps through Covid-19 patients.

- Pfizer in Africa -

Covid-19 vaccine makers BioNTech and Pfizer say they have found a South African partner to manufacture their jab locally, the first such deal on the African continent.

- Delta to dominate -

The highly contagious Delta variant of Covid-19 is expected to become the dominant strain of the virus over the coming months and has so far been recorded in 124 territories, the World Health Organization says.

- Four Olympic competitors out -

Four competitors, including British shooting world number one Amber Hill see their Tokyo Olympic dreams dashed after testing positive for the coronavirus.

- France's vaccine pass -

Proof of vaccination or a negative test is now required in France to enter cinemas, museums, sporting events and other cultural venues, as the country braces for a feared spike in cases from the Delta variant.

- Fake jabs -

At least 800 people in Uganda were given fake coronavirus vaccines -- some injected with water -- in a scam that involved "unscrupulous" doctors and health workers, government officials say.

- NYC hospital workers -

New York City will require public hospital workers to get vaccinated or take a weekly coronavirus test, Mayor Bill de Blasio says, as the metropolis faces an uptick in cases fuelled by the Delta variant. 

- US life expectancy down -

Average US life expectancy fell by 1.5 years to 77.3 in 2020, a sharp decline driven by the Covid-19 pandemic affecting males and communities of colour the most, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says.

- US-Mexico border -

The US-Mexican border will remain closed to non-essential traffic until August 21 due to the pandemic, the two countries say, despite Mexico's efforts to reopen the frontier.

- Portuguese over-12s  in line for jabs -

Portugal, battered by the Delta variant, hopes to vaccinate all 12-17 olds by the return to school, Prime Minister Antonio Costa says.

- Four million dead -

The coronavirus has killed at least 4,119,920 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 609,529 deaths, followed by Brazil with 544,180, India with 418,480, Mexico with 236,810 and Peru with 195,332 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.