Coronavirus deaths, infections, positivity ratio slip further in Pakistan

NCOC says country recorded 47 fatalities, 2,333 cases during last 24 hours

By: News Desk      Published: 08:32 AM, 22 Sep, 2021
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A junior high school student reacts while receiving a dose of the Sinovac vaccine at an Indonesian vaccination drive in Blang Bintang, Aceh province.–AFP

All the coronavirus indicators in Pakistan have continued to show downward trends as the government has indicated at further tightening the restriction for the unvaccinated people.

Pakistan has registered another 47 deaths and 2,333 infections by coronavirus during the last 24 hours (Tuesday), showed the statistics released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Wednesday morning.

As per the NCOC figures, after the addition of 47 new deaths, the overall toll has now surged to 27,374 whereas the number of total infections now stood at 1,230,238 after adding the fresh 2,333 cases.

During the last 24 hours (Tuesday), a total of 51,139 tests were conducted throughout Pakistan whereas the positivity ratio stood at 4.56 percent. The number of patients in critical care was 4,641.

During the last 24 hours (Tuesday), as many as 3,261 patients have recovered from the virus whereas the total recoveries stood at 1,140,917. As of Wednesday, the total count of active cases in the country was recorded at 61,947.

As many as 452,267 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 424,701 in Punjab, 171,874 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 104,472 in Islamabad, 32,796 in Balochistan, 33,864 in Azad Kashmir and 10,264 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Moreover, 12,470 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab so far, 7,295 in Sindh, 5,444 in KP, 905 in Islamabad, 733 in Azad Kashmir, 345 in Balochistan and 182 in Gilgit Baltistan.

A day earlier, the NCOC had alerted unvaccinated people that they will be barred from ‘daily-life’ facilities if they do not get themselves vaccinated by October 1. The NCOC further advised the public to complete their vaccination process as soon as possible and keep their life going.

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENTS

Here are the global developments in the coronavirus crisis.

- US 'additional commitments' -

The United States will announce "additional commitments" on fighting Covid-19 when the White House hosts a summit on the pandemic on Wednesday, President Joe Biden says.

He says they will address three key challenges -- "saving lives now, vaccinating the world, and building back better."

- Bolsonaro against health passports -

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tells the United Nations General Assembly that his government is against health passports, but backs drives to vaccinate against Covid-19, while saying he will be the "last Brazilian" to get jabbed.

- Anti-mask murder -

Germans react with shock and outrage after a 20-year-old petrol station worker in Germany was shot dead at the weekend by a customer angry about being asked to put on a mask while buying beer.

- Finnish vaccine passports -

Finland's lawmakers approve plans for a national "corona pass" despite falling infection rates which could mean the scheme is never brought into use.

- Two shot J&J more effective -

The Johnson & Johnson Covid vaccine, so far administered in a single shot, is more effective when given as a two-dose regime, according to new data released by the company.

- Iran mulls Pfizer buy -

Iran is considering the purchase of two million doses of the US-German Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, an official says, as the country continues to battle the Middle East's deadliest outbreak.

- Empire strikes back -

India warns Britain that its citizens would face reciprocal measures over London's new "discriminatory" rules requiring travellers from India to quarantine even if they are fully vaccinated with the local version of Britain's AstraZeneca jab.

- Nearly 4.7 million dead - 

The coronavirus has killed at least 4,698,462 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to an AFP tally from official sources.

The United States is the worst-affected country with 676,092 deaths, followed by Brazil with 590,955, India with 445,385 deaths, Mexico with 271,765 deaths and Russia with 199,808.

With inputs from AFP.