Pakistan posts 315 corona infections, five deaths in a day

By: News Desk      Published: 08:08 AM, 23 Nov, 2021
Pakistan posts 315 corona infections, five deaths in a day
A student receives a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against Covid-19 at a school in San Lorenzo, Paraguay.–AFP

Pakistan has registered only five deaths and 315 infections from the coronavirus pandemic during the last 24 hours (Monday), showed the statistics released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Tuesday morning.

As per the NCOC data, after the addition of five new deaths, the overall toll has now surged to 28,665 whereas the number of total infections now stood at 1,282,509 after adding the fresh 315 cases.

During the last 24 hours (Monday), a total of 35,332 tests were conducted throughout Pakistan whereas the positivity ratio stood at 0.89 percent. The number of patients in critical care was 1,026.

During the last 24 hours (Monday), as many as 8,010 patients have recovered from the virus whereas the total recoveries stood at 1,238,980. As of Tuesday, the total count of active cases in the country was recorded at 14,862.

As many as 474,407 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 442,556 in Punjab, 179,644 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 107,506 in Islamabad, 33,453 in Balochistan, 34,536 in Azad Kashmir and 10,408 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Moreover, 13,002 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab so far, 7,611 in Sindh, 5,818 in KP, 952 in Islamabad, 741 in Azad Kashmir, 358 in Balochistan and 186 in Gilgit Baltistan.

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENTS

Here are the global developments in the coronavirus crisis:

- Jabbed, cured or dead -

Most Germans will be "vaccinated, cured or dead" in a few months, Health Minister Jens Spahn warns, urging people to get jabbed as the virus surges again.

- Pfizer claims longevity -

Pfizer and BioNTech say their vaccine remains 100 percent effective in children 12 to 15 years old four months after the second dose.

- France backs boosters -

Two advisory bodies recommend booster shots for all vaccinated adults in France, where currently only the over-65s are eligible.  

- 'Pure violence by idiots' -

Dutch premier Mark Rutte slams three nights of violent unrest over anti-virus measures as "pure violence... by idiots" and vows to prosecute those responsible.

- EU mulls J&J application -

The EU's drug watchdog is evaluating an application by Johnson & Johnson for its Covid vaccine booster shot to be the third one approved for adults in the bloc.

- Syrian test shortage -

Officials in the Kurdish-controlled part of northeast Syria say they ran out of Covid tests two weeks ago and they are struggling to monitor the spread of the virus.

- French send reinforcements -

Elite police and counter-terrorism officers arrive on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe after days of violence and looting sparked by measures to curb Covid.

- Austria locks down -

Austria goes back into partial lockdown in the most dramatic restrictions seen in Western Europe for months, with non-essential shops, restaurants and Christmas markets closed.

- Kenya gets tough -

Kenyans will have to prove they are fully vaccinated to access government services, public transport, bars and restaurants under new health regulations.

- Australia slowly reopens -

Australia says it will reopen to foreign students and skilled workers from next month, easing some of the world's most stringent pandemic travel restrictions. 

- Auckland lockdown to end -

New Zealand will end a three-and-a-half-month lockdown of the country's largest city early next month.

- More than 5.1 million dead - 

The coronavirus has killed at least 5,148,939 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1100 GMT Monday. 

The United States has suffered the most Covid-related deaths with 771,118 followed by Brazil with 612,659, India with 465,911, Mexico with 292,471 and Russia with 265,336.

The countries with the most new deaths are Russia with 1,241, followed by Ukraine with 326 and India with 249.

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

With inputs from AFP.