Pakistan reports over 3,000 new coronavirus cases, 59 deaths
Additional Deputy Commissioner of Peshawar Dr Ahtshamul Haq (2L) checks the Covid-19 coronavirus standard operating procedures (SOPs) at a shop during his visit to a market in Peshawar.–AFP
For the first time since July 9, Pakistan recorded more than 3,000 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday which also saw another 59 people dying of the infection, showed the figures released by National Command and Operation Centre on Wednesday morning.
According to the fresh NCOC data, the total number of cases reported in the country has now reached 382,892 with the death toll climbing to 7,803.
Most of these latest fatalities were reported in Punjab after the deaths of 25 coronavirus patients. It was followed by 13 in Sindh, nine in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, six in Islamabad, four in Azad Kashmir and one each in Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan.
On the other hand, the number of active coronavirus cases in the country has now jumped to 42,115 which is an increase of over 1,800 over the previous day, as only 1,214 people recovered from the infection during the same period.
Also, the hospitalisation rate is also on the rise with 2,355 patients currently in hospitals, which translates into a surge of 121 against the figure of 2,234 reported a day earlier.
The same is the case with the critically ill coronavirus patients as their number has jumped to 1,867 after addition of 116. And 303 are placed on ventilators.
Meanwhile, the total number of people fully recovering from the infection on Tuesday reached 332,974.
Although Sindh is the most affected province of the country in terms of cases, most of the deaths have been reported in Punjab. The region-wise details are given as:
Sindh 166,033 cases and 2,858 deaths, Punjab 115,786 cases and 2,904 deaths, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 44,314 cases and 1,339 deaths, Islamabad 27,979 cases and 291 deaths, Balochistan 16,891 cases and 164 deaths, Azad Kashmir 6,316 cases and 151 deaths, Gilgit Baltistan 4,573 cases and 96 deaths.
During the past 24 hours, the authorities also administered 41,583 more tests in their efforts to identify, isolate and trace new cases to control the infection rate, increasing the overall number to 5,297,703.
Commenting on the issue, Federal Minister Asad Umar – who also looks after the affairs of National Command and Operation Centre – cited the latest figures in a tweet and said those telling people that the coronavirus wasn’t something serious were the enemies of their health and livelihood.
Latest global developments
Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:
- France plans end to lockdown -
French President Emmanuel Macron says he aims to lift a nationwide coronavirus lockdown on December 15 and that shops will be authorised to reopen as early as Saturday.
The lockdown, in force since the end of October, will be replaced by a countrywide nighttime curfew, Macron says, except on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.
In a televised address he also says France hopes to carry out its first Covid-19 vaccinations in late December or early January, speaking after France's death toll from the coronavirus topped 50,000.
- Britain loosens restrictions -
The British authorities announce a relaxing of restrictions on social mixing and travel over the Christmas period, to allow people to celebrate together.
The arrangement will apply between December 23 and 27.
Britain say people coming to the country could end their two-week quarantine if testing negative at least five days after arriving.
- Vaccines plans -
The United States says it plans to distribute 6.4 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine after it is cleared for emergency use, which could start happening shortly after December 10.
The European Union says it will sign a sixth contract for an upcoming coronavirus vaccine, this time for up to 160 million doses of a jab developed by US firm Moderna.
Mexico says that it aims to start coronavirus vaccinations next month in the country, having signed deals with major pharmaceutical companies, including Pfizer.
Developers of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine say it is 95 percent effective, according to a second interim analysis of clinical trial data, without noting the number of cases used to make the calculation.
- Germany limits Christmas gatherings -
Germany's states have agreed to guidelines capping gatherings to 10 people over Christmas, dashing hopes for large get-togethers between December 23 and January 1.
- Airlines take hit -
Airline revenues will plunge by 60 percent this year as a result of the pandemic, and can only bounce back with systematic testing, sector association IATA says.
- Helsinki lockdown -
After a sharp uptick in cases in Finland's capital, the mayor announces the closure of high schools, libraries and swimming pools, and bans public events.
- Nearly 1.4 million deaths -
The coronavirus has killed at least 1,402,620 people since the outbreak emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP on Tuesday as of 2030 GMT.
There were 7,896 new deaths and 593,934 new cases recorded worldwide in the previous 24 hours.
The United States is the worst-affected country with 258,665 deaths, followed by Brazil with 169,485 deaths; India with 134,218 deaths; Mexico with 101,926 deaths; and the United Kingdom with 55,838 deaths.
- Swedish care homes blasted -
Sweden's healthcare watchdog condemns the way elderly people in the country have been treated in care homes during the pandemic, saying that some patients were left to die without a medical exam.
With inputs from AFP.