Pakistan reports 85 deaths, over 2,100 new Covid-19 cases
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Death toll in Pakistan reached 9,753 after the coronavirus claimed 85 more lives during the past 24 hours (Thursday), showed the latest data released by National Command and Operation Centre on Friday morning.
The latest deaths came a day after the country witnessed one of the deadliest 24 hours since the coronavirus pandemic outbreak with 111 people dying of the infection.
Punjab has so far reported 3,831 deaths with the addition of 48 on Thursday followed by 3,440 in Sindh after another 21 patients dying of the virus, making the two provinces the worst-hit regions of the country.
Meanwhile, there were eight more deaths in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, four in Islamabad and two each in Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir.
The overall corresponding deaths figures for provinces/regions other than Punjab and Sindh are: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 1,585, Islamabad 402, Azad Kashmir 213, Balochistan 183 and Gilgit-Baltistan 101.
On the other hand, 2,152 cases coronavirus were cases reported Thursday after which the overall number reached 467,222. In Sindh, another 1,107 people were diagnosed with the virus while the daily count for Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Islamabad stood at 471, 384 and 123.
Hence, the region-wise distribution of the reported coronavirus cases in given as: Sindh 208,514, Punjab 134,345, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 56,544, Islamabad 36,844, Balochistan 18,028, Azad Kashmir 8,103 and Gilgit-Baltistan 4,844.
As far as the active cases are concerned, the country currently has 38,511 coronavirus patients with the majority of them having been isolated at their homes or other places for having mild symptoms. However, 2,382 of them are in a critical condition and thus admitted in intensive care units of different hospitals.
Meanwhile, the number of closed cases reached 428,711 as 418,958 people have so far fully recovered from the infection with 9,753 patients dying of the virus.
Simultaneously, efforts are going on to identify, trace and isolate the infected persons to reduce the further spread of the coronavirus. Last 24 hours also 39,405 tests being administered across the country, increasing the overall number to 6,482,889.
Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:
- Lockdown Christmas -
The world prepares for an unprecedented Christmas, with millions from Australia, the Philippines and Bethlehem in the West Bank to Europe forced to cancel plans or limit festivities under fresh virus lockdowns.
- China, Brazil suspend UK flights -
China suspends flights to and from Britain, while Brazil suspends flights from Britain, adding to the list of some 50 countries imposing travel bans or restrictions on the country after it reported a new more infectious strain of the virus.
- UK-France border backlog -
Rail and sea links between the UK and France will stay open over Christmas to clear the backlog of thousands of trucks stranded by a French ban, with the French sending 10,000 kits to test lorry drivers in the English port of Dover.
However, the French interior ministry says that limits on travel from the UK will continue "until at least January 6".
- German new strain case -
Germany records its first case of the mutant coronavirus variant sweeping Britain, after a woman who flew in from London tests positive for the strain.
- Vaccines roll out -
Hard-hit Mexico starts a mass coronavirus vaccination programme, with a nurse first to be shown receiving the jab.
Serbia, Chile, Costa Rica and Kuwait also start giving shots.
- More deaths from strain -
The new variant is likely to boost hospitalisations and deaths from Covid next year, according to a study by the Centre for Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
- Macron no symptoms -
French President Emmanuel Macron is free of symptoms, his office says, a week after he tested positive and went into self-isolation.
- Austria slopes open -
Austria allows its more than 400 ski stations to open, just two days before the country enters its third nationwide lockdown.
As an outdoor sport, the government says skiing is safe if sufficient precautions are taken.
- Israel lockdown looms -
Israel says it will announce a third national lockdown from 5 pm (1500 GMT) on Sunday for two weeks.
Israelis will be barred from travelling more than one kilometre from their homes and businesses will be closed except for deliveries.
- Cuban doctors for Panama -
A group of 220 Cuban health care professionals arrives in Panama, the worst affected country in Central America, despite objections from the United States.
- 1.73 million dead -
At least 1,731,936 people have died since the outbreak emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP.
The United States is the worst-affected country with 326,232 deaths, followed by Brazil with 189,220, India with 146,756, Mexico with 120,311, and Italy with 70,395.
With inputs from AFP.