Pakistan logs 118 more coronavirus deaths, 5,611 infections

Death toll now reaches 17,117 with number of positive cases nearing 800,000

By: News Desk      Published: 10:18 AM, 25 Apr, 2021
Pakistan logs 118 more coronavirus deaths, 5,611 infections
A vendor reads a newspaper while sitting in a closed market during a smart lockdown imposed as a preventive measure against the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus in Islamabad.–AFP

Another 118 people have died of coronavirus in Pakistan during the last 24 hours (Saturday) whereas 5,611 more people were tested positive, showed the statistics released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Sunday morning.

As per the latest NCOC data, after the addition of 118 more deaths the toll in Pakistan has now jumped to 17,117 while the number of positive cases has surged to 795,627 after addding5,611 new ones.

As usual, Punjab remained the worst-hit province in terms of deaths and cases followed by Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

So far, 7,964 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab, 4,593 in Sindh, 3,103 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 660 in Islamabad, 461 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, 232 in Balochistan and 104 in Gilgit Baltistan.

Furthermore, 288,598 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Punjab, 277,593 in Sindh, 113,121 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 72,981 in Islamabad, 21,618 in Balochistan, 16,463 in Azad Kashmir and 5,253 in Gilgit Baltistan.

Pakistan has so far conducted 11,538,771 coronavirus tests and 55,128 during the last 24 hours (Saturday). As many as 689,812 coronavirus patients have so far recovered in the country whereas 4,826 patients were in critical condition.

Punjab: Authorities reported 67 deaths due to the coronavirus, raising total casualties to 7,964. The province now has 288,598 confirmed cases; it reported 3,056 new infections after conducting 28,207 tests, a positivity ratio of 10.83 percent. There were 1,520 new recoveries recorded, leaving 233,655 fully recovered, and 46,979 active cases of the virus.

Sindh: Confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Sindh have now climbed to 277,593; it reported 923 new infections after conducting 12,104 tests, a positivity ratio of 7.62 percent. The province reported 6 new deaths, raising toll to 4,593, while its recoveries rose by 267 to 262,138. Overall, the province now has 10,862 active cases of the novel coronavirus.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: During the past 24 hours (Saturday), the provincial government recorded 981 new infections after conducting 7,848 tests, a positivity ratio of 12.5 percent. Overall, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s confirmed cases have climbed to 113,121. It recorded 37 new deaths and 840 recoveries, raising toll to 3,103 and recoveries to 95,515. There are currently 14,503 active cases of COVID-19 in the province.

Balochistan: The province raised its confirmed cases to 21,618 with 141 new infections after conducting 1,229 tests, a positivity ratio of 11.47 percent. There were 2 deaths and 54 recoveries in the past 24 hours, leaving 232 fatalities and 20,159 fully recovered. There are now 1,227 active cases of COVID-19 in the province.

Islamabad: The federal capital raised its confirmed coronavirus cases by 368 to 72,981 after conducting 4,171 tests; a positivity ratio of 8.82 percent. There were 3 deaths and 511 recoveries in the past 24 hours, leaving 660 casualties; 59,591 recovered; and 12,730 active cases.

GB: Gilgit Baltistan recorded 6 new cases of COVID-19 after conducting 386 tests, a positivity ratio of 1.59 percent; it now has 5,253 confirmed cases. The region reported no new deaths and 7 recoveries, leaving 104 fatalities and 5,040 fully recovered people. There are currently 109 active cases of COVID-19 in the region.

AJK: In Azad Kashmir, confirmed cases rose by 136 to 16,463 after conducting 1,183 tests, a positivity ratio of 11.5 percent. There were 3 deaths and 125 recoveries in the past 24 hours, leaving 461 fatalities and 13,714 fully recovered. It now has 2,288 active cases of COVID-19.

Global developments

Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:

- Record daily Covid cases -

A daily record of more than 893,000 Covid-19 cases was registered worldwide Saturday, mainly due to a surge of the virus in India, according to an AFP count.

- Over 1 billion jabs worldwide -

More than one billion doses of coronavirus vaccines have been administered worldwide, according to an AFP tally on Saturday. 

At least 1,002,938,540 doses were rolled out in 207 countries and territories, according to the tally compiled from official sources.

More than half, or 58 percent, have been given in three countries: the United States with 225.6 million doses, China with 216.1 million doses and India with 138.4 million. 

- India death toll hits new high -

India's daily coronavirus death toll hits a new record Saturday with another 2,624 deaths, as the government battles to get oxygen to hospitals overwhelmed by cases.

These latest deaths take the official toll to nearly 190,000 since the pandemic started.

- Swiss detect Indian variant case -

Swiss health officials say they have detected a first case of the Covid-19 variant contributing to the exploding outbreak in India in a passenger transiting through an airport.

- Germany tightens curbs -

Germany's federal government tightens coronavirus restrictions using new powers that allow it to impose sweeping shutdowns in any region with infections over a set threshold.

- Restrictions on India flights -

Germany, Kuwait and Iran are the latest countries to impose restrictions on flights and passengers from India.

- UK, Swiss protests  -

Thousands protested in London and in eastern Switzerland against coronavirus restrictions, including face masks.

England's latest Covid-19 lockdown measures have been in place since early January, after the UK saw a surge in cases.

Months of restrictions alongside a successful vaccine rollout -- with more than 45 million doses administered -- has seen the situation improve.

- Over 3 million dead worldwide -

The novel coronavirus has killed at least 3,088,103 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1000 GMT on Saturday.

- Man held for infecting 22 people -

Spanish police arrest a man on the island of Mallorca suspected of having infected 22 people after going to work and the gym despite signs he had the virus.

With inputs from AFP.