Pakistan records 16 more corona deaths, 567 infections in a day

By: News Desk      Published: 08:16 AM, 22 Oct, 2021
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A healthcare worker administers a dose of Russia's Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine to a patient at a vaccination centre in the GUM State Department store in Moscow.–AFP

Pakistan has reported another 16 deaths and 567 infections from the coronavirus pandemic during the last 24 hours (Thursday), showed the figures released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Friday morning.

As per the NCOC data, after the addition of 16 new deaths, the overall toll has now surged to 28,344 whereas the number of total infections now stood at 1,267,393 after adding the fresh 567 cases.

During the last 24 hours (Thursday), a total of 39,200 tests were conducted throughout Pakistan whereas the positivity ratio stood at 1.44 percent. The number of patients in critical care was 1,704.

During the last 24 hours (Thursday), as many as 864 patients have recovered from the virus whereas the total recoveries stood at 1,214,663. As of Friday, the total count of active cases in the country was recorded at 24,386.

As many as 466,945 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 438,636 in Punjab, 177,240 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 106,615 in Islamabad, 33,159 in Balochistan, 34,422 in Azad Kashmir and 10,376 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

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Moreover, 12,883 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab so far, 7,539 in Sindh, 5,604 in KP, 938 in Islamabad, 740 in Azad Kashmir, 354 in Balochistan and 186 in Gilgit Baltistan.

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENTS

Here are the global developments in the coronavirus crisis:

- Booster '95 percent' effective -

A booster shot of the anti-Covid-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer/BioNTech is 95.6 percent effective against symptomatic infection, according to trial data.

- Health workers pay the price -

From 80,000 to 180,000 health care workers may have been killed by Covid-19 between January 2020 and May this year, the World Health Organization says. It says the profession should be prioritised for vaccination.

- Moscow closures -

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin orders the closure of all non-essential services in the Russian capital between October 28 and November 7.

- Putin to stay away -

Russian President Vladimir Putin will not meet people face-to-face during a nationwide week-long paid holiday installed to curb infections in Europe's worst affected country.

- UK cases back past 50,0000 -

Daily virus cases in the UK soar to over 50,000 a day for the first time since July but the government again resists calls to reimpose restrictions.

- India's one billionth shot -

India administers its one billionth vaccine dose as it fights its way back from a devastating surge that brought the health system close to collapse.

- New China outbreak -

Authorities in China cancel hundreds of flights, close schools and ramp up mass testing to try and stamp out a new outbreak across several provinces linked to a group of tourists.

- Latvia lockdown -

Latvia plunges back into lockdown with non-essential shops closed and cinemas, theatres and hairdressers shutting down for a month in a bid to break the world's worst infection rate.

- Melbourne relief -

One of the world's most locked-down cities reopens, with Melbourne residents hoping this sixth bout of stay-at-home restrictions will be their last. 

- Africa lagging -

The International Monetary Fund blames low rates of vaccination against Covid-19 across Africa for the continent's weaker economic rebound from pandemic-induced shrinkage.

- Surge in Italian sick leaves -

The number of workers taking sick days surged by more than a quarter in Italy since the introduction last week of mandatory coronavirus certificates for all employees, official data shows.

- Over 4.9 million dead - 

The coronavirus has killed at least 4,919,395 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP on Thursday. 

The US has suffered the most Covid-related deaths with 731,265, followed by Brazil with 604,228, India 452,811, Mexico 285,347 and Russia 227,389.

The countries with the most new deaths were US with 3,222, followed by Russia with 1,036 and Ukraine with 546.

Taking into account excess mortality directly and indirectly linked to Covid-19, the World Health Organization estimates the overall death toll could be two to three times higher.

With inputs from AFP.