Pakistan posts 4,007 new Covid cases, 88 deaths in a day

By: News Desk      Published: 10:05 AM, 22 May, 2021
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A woman receives the Covid-19 coronavirus Sinovac vaccine at a vaccination camp in Islamabad.–AFP

As Pakistan commenced vaccinations for its citizens aged over-30 from Saturday, another 88 people lost their lives to coronavirus whereas 4,007 fresh cases were reported during the last 24 hours (Friday), showed the figures released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Saturday morning.

As per the latest NCOC data, after the addition of 88 more deaths the toll has now surged to 20,177 whereas the number of confirmed cases stood at 897,468.

During the past 24 hours (Friday), 3,712 patients have recovered from the virus whereas the total recoveries stood at 813,855.

As of Saturday, the total count of active cases was recorded at 63,436, whereas the positivity rate was recorded at 6.43 percent.

At least 306,707 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 333,057 in Punjab, 129,013 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 80,156 in Islamabad, 24,413 in Balochistan, 18,651 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and 5,471 in Gilgit Baltistan.

As many as 9,739 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab, 4,891 in Sindh, 3,900 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 744 in Islamabad, 526 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, 270 in Balochistan and 107 in Gilgit Baltistan.

The health facilities across the country conducted 62,238 coronavirus detection tests, taking the total number of Covid-19 tests to 12,717,23 since the first case was reported early last year.

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENTS

Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:

- Three times more deaths -

The World Health Organization says up to three times more people have died due to the pandemic than official figures suggest, with many dying because they could not get treatment for other illnesses.

- $50 billion plan -

The IMF proposes a $50 billion plan to end the Covid-19 pandemic, with a target of vaccinating at least 40 percent of the world's population by the end of 2021.

- Billions of shots for poorest -

The bosses of Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson announce at a G20 health summit they will supply around 3.5 billion vaccine doses at cost or discount to low- and middle-income countries this year and next.

The European Union pledges at the meeting to donate 100 million vaccine doses, while France and Germany will each give 30 million.

- Olympic 'finishing line' -  

The July 23-August 8 Olympic Games will go ahead even if the city of Tokyo remains in a state of emergency, the Olympic pointman for the Games, John Coates, said, insisting it will be safe for athletes and the Japanese population.

- Spain opening to jabbed -

Spain will allow "all vaccinated people" to visit the country from June 7 as it tries to revive its virus-battered tourism industry.

- Beer gardens for Berliners -

Many Germans are able to visit a beer garden, dine outdoors or go swimming for the first time in months as parts of the country ease curbs.

- Norway eases curbs -

Norway says it will ease some virus restrictions on May 27, making it easier to serve alcohol in bars and invite guests home as the pandemic seems to be under control.

- UK pilot events -

Only 15 people out of almost 60,000 who attended nine pilot events for mass gatherings, including football matches and the Brit Awards, have since tested positive for coronavirus, British health officials say.

- Argentina's football suspended -

Argentina's football association (AFA) suspends all professional tournaments as a new coronavirus lockdown is imposed on the country, just over three weeks before hosting the Copa America.

- 3.4 million dead -

The pandemic has killed at least 3,432,711 people worldwide since the virus first emerged in late 2019, according to an AFP compilation of official data. 

The United States is the worst-affected country with 588,539 deaths, followed by Brazil with 444,094, India with 291,331, Mexico with 221,080 and Britain with 127,701.

The figures are based on reports by the health authorities in each country, but do not take into account upward revisions carried out later by statistical bodies. 

With inputs from AFP.