Pakistan loses 41 more people to coronavirus, records 1,050 new cases

By: News Desk      Published: 10:56 AM, 23 Feb, 2021
Pakistan loses 41 more people to coronavirus, records 1,050 new cases

Another 41 people lost their lives to the novel coronavirus in Pakistan whereas 1,050 new infections were reported during the last 24 hours (Monday), showed the data released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) Tuesday morning.

As per the latest NCOC statistics, with the addition of 41 fatalities, the death toll in the country has now surged to 12,658 whereas the number of total confirmed cases stood at 573,384 after adding 1,050 fresh ones.

During the past 24 hours (Monday), 752 patients have recovered from the Covid-19 while the total recoveries stood at 536,243. The total count of active cases from across Pakistan was 24,483.

As many as 256,445 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Sindh, 168,348 in Punjab, 71,146 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 43,623 in Islamabad, 18,993 in Balochistan, 9,878 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and 4,951 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

As many as 5,537 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab, 4,293 in Sindh, 2,043 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 493 in Islamabad, 291 in Azad Kashmir, 199 in Balochistan, and 102 in Gilgit Baltistan.

A total of 33,978 tests were conducted during the last 24 hours (Monday) while 8,752,533 samples have been tested so far.

Global developments

These are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:

- US flags at half-mast -

US President Joe Biden ordered flags on all US federal buildings to be lowered to half-mast in commemoration of the half-million mark in the country's death toll from Covid-19, the White House said.

Over 500,000 have died which was described by the US president as ‘heartbreaking’.

But the catastrophic milestone comes amid signs of hope, with millions there now vaccinated and its massive spike in infections dropping.

Globally, the pandemic has killed more than 2.46 million people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to an AFP tally compiled from official sources on Monday.

After the US, Brazil has the most deaths at 246,504, followed by 180,107 in Mexico, 156,385 in India and 120,757 in the United Kingdom.

Experts say the number of deaths is broadly under-estimated.

- UK: end in sight? -

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlines a "gradual and cautious" four-step approach to lifting curbs in England, starting with the return of pupils to schools from March 8, and non-essential retail from April 12.

Some fans could be able to attend sporting fixtures from May 17, with all social distancing restrictions removed from June 21, all subject to change depending on scientific data.

- French Riviera downer -

The French Riviera will go into lockdown for the next two weekends to contain rising infections in the tourist hotspot.

- Gaza vaccinations -

A vaccination campaign is launched in Gaza using doses of the Sputnik vaccine provided by the Palestinian Authority and the United Arab Emirates, bypassing Israel, with health workers set to be inoculated first.

- Syria approves Russian jab -

Syria becomes the latest of around 30 countries to authorise the use of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine.

- Pandemic pretext -

UN chief Antonio Guterres criticises countries using the pandemic to justify cracking down on dissent and reining in the media.

He also condemns inequalities between rich and poor countries in accessing vaccines as a "moral outrage".

- German pupils return to school -

Hundreds of thousands of German children go back to class for the first time in two months, but most schools limit the return to the youngest children and halve class sizes. 

- French rugby floored -

France captain Charles Ollivon is one of five more players ruled out of this weekend's crunch Six Nations clash against Scotland after testing positive along with Cyril Baille, Peato Mauvaka, Romain Taofifenua and Brice Dulin.

It takes the catastrophic infection toll in the French camp to 14, with star scrum half Antoine Dupont and manager Fabien Galthie already sidelined.

With inputs from AFP.