Pakistan records 157 new coronavirus deaths, 5,908 infections

By: News Desk      Published: 10:25 AM, 24 Apr, 2021
Pakistan records 157 new coronavirus deaths, 5,908 infections
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As Pakistan Army soldiers started patrolling roads and markets in Islamabad to help implement coronavirus SOPs, another 157 people lost their lives to coronavirus whereas 5,908 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 157 deaths the toll has now surged to 16,999 whereas the number of confirmed cases stood at 790,016, after adding 5,908 new infections.

During the past 24 hours (Friday), 4,198 patients were recovered from the virus whereas the total recoveries stood at 686,488. As of Saturday, the total count of active cases was recorded at 86,529, and the positivity rate shot up at 11.27 percent.

As many as 276,670 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 285,542 in Punjab, 112,140 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 72,613 in Islamabad, 21,477 in Balochistan, 16,327 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and 5,247 in Gilgit Baltistan.

As many as 7,897 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab, 4,587 in Sindh, 3,066 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 657 in Islamabad, 458 in Azad Kashmir, 230 in Balochistan and 104 in Gilgit Baltistan.

The health facilities across the country conducted 52,402 coronavirus detection tests, taking the total number of Covid-19 tests to 11,483,64 since the first case was reported.

Prime Minister Imran Khan Friday said that he sought help from the Pakistan Army to implement the coronavirus SOPs in the country.

Punjab: Authorities reported 98 deaths due to the coronavirus, raising total casualties to 7,897. The province now has 285,542 confirmed cases; it reported 3,073 new infections after conducting 23,590 tests, a positivity ratio of 13.03 percent. There were 2,103 new recoveries recorded, leaving 232,135 fully recovered, and 45,510 active cases of the virus.

Sindh: Confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Sindh have now climbed to 276,670; it reported 855 new infections after conducting 12,786 tests, a positivity ratio of 6.64 percent. The province reported 11 new deaths, raising toll to 4,587, while its recoveries rose by 329 to 261,871. Overall, the province now has 10,212 active cases of the novel coronavirus.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: During the past 24 hours (Friday), the provincial government recorded 1,265 new infections after conducting 8,344 tests, a positivity ratio of 15.16 percent. Overall, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s confirmed cases have climbed to 112,140. It recorded 37 new deaths and 945 recoveries, raising toll to 3,066 and recoveries to 94,675. There are currently 14,399 active cases of COVID-19 in the province.

Balochistan: The province raised its confirmed cases to 21,477 with 112 new infections after conducting 1,024 tests, a positivity ratio of 10.94 percent. There were 3 deaths and 70 recoveries in the past 24 hours, leaving 230 fatalities and 20,105 fully recovered. There are now 1,142 active cases of COVID-19 in the province.

Islamabad: The federal capital raised its confirmed coronavirus cases by 463 to 72,613 after conducting 5,308 tests; a positivity ratio of 8.72 percent. There were 5 deaths and 595 recoveries in the past 24 hours, leaving 657 casualties; 59,080 recovered; and 12,876 active cases.

GB: Gilgit Baltistan recorded six new cases of Covid-19 after conducting 378 tests, a positivity ratio of 1.59 percent; it now has 5,247 confirmed cases. The region reported no new deaths and 25 recoveries, leaving 104 fatalities and 5,033 fully recovered people. There are currently 110 active cases of COVID-19 in the region.

AJK: In Azad Kashmir, confirmed cases rose by 134 to 16,327 after conducting 972 tests, a positivity ratio of 13.79 percent. There were 3 deaths and 131 recoveries in the past 24 hours, leaving 458 fatalities and 13,589 fully recovered. It now has 2,280 active cases of COVID-19.

Global developments

Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:

- India reeling -

Delhi hospitals issue desperate appeals for oxygen, and 13 Covid patients die in a fire, as India's healthcare system buckles under a new wave of infections that sees another 330,000 cases and 2,000 deaths in the past 24 hours.

- $19 billion appeal -

World leaders demand $19 billion of investment in weapons to beat the Covid-19 pandemic, one year on from the launch of the Access to Covid Tools (ACT) Accelerator, a multi-billion-dollar internationally-coordinated attempt to find vaccines, tests and treatments.

- EU vaccine optimism -

The EU coronavirus vaccine programme will secure enough doses to immunise 70 percent of adults by the end of July, European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen says.

- AstraZeneca review -

The EU's drug regulator says that a review of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine found its benefits increase with age and still outweigh the risks for adults despite links to rare blood clots. 

- Tokyo emergency -

Japan calls a new state of emergency in Tokyo and three other regions as the country battles rising infections just three months before the Olympics.

- Russia's 'non-working period' -

President Vladimir Putin backs a call from health officials for a 10-day "non-working" period next month to slow a surge in the virus.

- Austria seeks reopening -

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz says that Austria is looking to reopen restaurants and hotels by the middle of May, six months after they closed due to the coronavirus.

- Cyprus curbs -

Cyprus announces a two-week partial lockdown, under which people are encouraged to work from home and must seek authorisation for only one non-work-related trip daily, with restrictions covering the key Orthodox Easter holidays.

- Record daily infections -

India propels the number of new daily Covid cases to the worldwide record level of 788,100, this week, even though the pandemic slowed down in all other regions of the world outside Asia, according to a specialised AFP database.

- Over three million dead -

At least 3,073,969 people have died of Covid-19 around the world since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP.

The US is the worst-affected country with 570,346 deaths, followed by Brazil with 383,502, Mexico with 214,095, India with 186,920 and Britain with 127,345. 

With inputs from AFP.