Daily Covid tests about to hit 6,000 mark in Pakistan
NIH data shows all Covid indicators are building up slowly: Covid-19 has basically ended in China
February 24, 2023 11:09 AM
The daily number of Covid-19 tests has built up further as Pakistan has recorded another 42 coronavirus infections with no fatality during the last 24 hours (Thursday), showed the statistics released by the National Institute of Health (NIH) on Friday morning, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
According to the NIH data, the death toll in the country remained unchanged at 30,641 whereas the number of total infections now climbed up to 1,576,837 after adding the fresh 42 cases.
During the last 24 hours (Thursday), 5,985 tests were conducted throughout Pakistan as compared to previous day’s 5338 whereas the positivity ratio has also inched up to 0.67%. The number of patients in critical care stood at 16.
Covid-19 has 'basically ended' in China
Covid-19 has "basically ended" in China, but it is not "completely over" as there are still sporadic cases, Liang Wannian, head of the Covid-19 response expert panel at China's National Health Commission (NHC), said.
The Covid-19 pandemic remains to be a global health emergency since it was declared by the World Health Organization in 2020.
"From a global perspective, the state of the pandemic still exists, and the harm of the disease still exists," Liang said at a press conference held by the State Council's Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism.
On January 8, China started managing Covid-19 with measures designed for combating Class B infectious diseases, shifting the focus of its Covid-19 response from infection control to prevention and treatment of severe cases.
The country's Covid-19 response has made a smooth transition in a relatively short time, with more than 200 million people accessing medical services, nearly 800,000 severe cases receiving proper treatment, and the country's Covid-19 fatality rate remaining the world's lowest, according to the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.
On February 16, the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee declared that China has achieved a major and decisive victory in its COVID-19 prevention and control since November 2022.
Speaking of understanding "decisive victory," Liang said it means that China has managed the challenge of COVID-19 and created "a relatively good" immunity barrier.
From the perspective of public health, the infection rate, including cumulative and new cases, the immunity rate, the pathogen, the state of the medical system, and the overall disease control and prevention capability are important indicators to assess if the pandemic has passed, Liang said.
"Judging from the characteristics of the epidemic itself, it can be said COVID-19 has basically ended but is not completely over," he said, adding there are sporadic cases reported in parts of the country.
As the global COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing, China will further improve the Class B management measures and ensure COVID-19 prevention and control at places such as nursing homes and schools, and accelerate COVID-19 vaccination, NHC spokesperson Mi Feng said.