Pakistan posts 32 more Covid deaths, 1,541 infections in 24 hours
Pakistan has recorded another 32 deaths during the last 24 hours (Thursday) by coronavirus as the total number of positive cases has also surged to 577,482 after adding 1,541 new infections, showed the statistics released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Friday morning.
With the addition of 32 new fatalities, the countrywide death toll from the Covid-19 has now climbed up to 12,804.
As per the latest NCOC figures, 1,541 persons tested positive for COVID-19 during the past 24 hours (Thursday) throughout the country.
As usual, Sindh remained the worst-hit province by the pandemic in terms of cases followed by Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. Most numbers of casualties have been reported in Punjab.
As many as 257,408 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 170,222 in Punjab, 71,728 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 19,035 in Balochistan, 44,032 in Islamabad, 10,101 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir Kashmir and 4,956 in Gilgit-Baltistan.
As many as 5,323 individuals have lost their lives to the epidemic in Punjab, 4,322 in Sindh, 2,065 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 200 in Balochistan, 496 in Islamabad, 296 in Azad Kashmir and 102 in Gilgit Baltistan.
Pakistan has so far conducted 8,873,741 coronavirus tests and 41,849 during the last 24 hours (Thursday). As many as 542,393 coronavirus patients have recovered in the country whereas 1,558 patients were in critical condition.
On Friday, authorities reported 15 deaths due to the coronavirus, raising total casualties to 5,323. The province now has 170,222 confirmed cases; it reported 748 new infections after conducting 18,079 tests, a positivity ratio of 4.14 percent. There were 1,836 new recoveries recorded, leaving 159,295 fully recovered, and 5,604 active cases of the virus.
Confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Sindh have now climbed to 257,408; it reported 319 new infections on Friday after conducting 8,709 tests, a positivity ratio of 3.66 percent. The province reported 7 new deaths, raising toll to 4,322, while its recoveries rose by 307 to 240,983. Overall, the province now has 12,103 active cases of the novel coronavirus.
The KP government recorded 238 new infections after conducting 6,995 tests, a positivity ratio of 3.4 percent. Overall, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s confirmed cases have climbed to 71,728. It recorded 7 new deaths, raising toll to 2,065, while its recoveries have risen by 184 to 67,632. There are currently 2,031 active cases of COVID-19 in the province.
The province on Friday raised its confirmed cases to 19,035 with 25 new infections after conducting 802 tests, a positivity ratio of 3.12 percent. There was 1 death and 2 recoveries in the past 24 hours, leaving 200 fatalities and 18,734 fully recovered. There are now 101 active cases of COVID-19 in the province.
Islamabad on Friday raised its confirmed coronavirus cases by 131 to 44,032 after conducting 6,252 tests; a positivity ratio of 2.09 percent. There were 2 deaths and 125 recoveries in the past 24 hours, leaving 496 casualties; 41,765 recovered; and 1,771 active cases.
Gilgit Baltistan reported 1 new case of the novel coronavirus on Friday after conducting 348 tests, a positivity ratio of 0.29 percent; it now has 4,956 confirmed cases. The region reported no deaths and 4 recoveries, leaving 102 fatalities and 4,840 fully recovered people. There are currently 14 active cases of COVID-19 in the region.
Azad Jammu and Kashmir
In Azad Jammu and Kashmir, confirmed cases rose by 79 to 10,101 after conducting 664 tests, a positivity ratio of 11.89 percent. There were no deaths and 47 recoveries in the past 24 hours, leaving 296 fatalities and 9,144 fully recovered. It now has 661 active cases of COVID-19.
These are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:
- 2.5 million deaths -
The virus has caused at least 2.5 million deaths around the world since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to an AFP tally compiled from official sources.
In total, 2,500,172 deaths and 112,618,488 cases have been reported.
The United States has the heaviest toll with 506,232 deaths, followed by Brazil with 249,957, Mexico with 182,815, India 156,705 and the United Kingdom 122,070.
- EU sweats over rollout -
EU leaders, under pressure to speed up the vaccine rollout, meet via video as the bloc battles against stubborn second and third waves of the virus.
Some capitals are also pushing for a continent-wide vaccine passport.
- AstraZeneca confident in EU push -
AstraZeneca boss Pascal Soriot tells European Parliament lawmakers the pharma company can make up in the second quarter a huge shortfall in doses promised to the EU for January-March, after low yields hit production in factories located in the bloc.
- Britain downgrades alert level -
Britain lowers its virus alert level down one notch from the highest possible, saying a fall in cases has reduced the threat to the state-run National Health Service.
It is now moving to level 4, indicating a "high or rising level of transmission" with enforced social distancing.
- French deadline -
French Prime Minister Jean Castex prepares the ground for possible tougher coronavirus curbs from March 6, putting 20 departments, including the Paris region, under "heightened surveillance" after a spike in cases over the past week.
He tells a news conference the more contagious British variant is now responsible for "nearly half" the infections in France.
- Third dose against variants? -
Pfizer and BioNTech say they are studying adding a third dose to their vaccine regime and testing a new version targeting the South African variant of the coronavirus.
- Two new Chinese vaccines -
China's drug authority approves two more coronavirus vaccines made by domestic companies for public use, bringing the number of Chinese vaccines to four.
- Vaccine equity resolution -
The UN Security Council votes on a British resolution stressing "the urgent need for solidarity, equity, and efficacy" in fighting the pandemic in countries with limited access to vaccines. The result will be known Friday.
- Jabs for Syrian health workers -
Syria will start giving coronavirus vaccines to its healthcare workers across the war-ravaged country from next week, Health Minister Hasan al-Ghabbash says.
- Drop in French baby numbers -
The number of babies born in France in January fell by 13 percent, the biggest drop in 45 years. The babies were conceived at the start of the first nationwide lockdown imposed by France in March 2020 to halt the spread of Covid-19.
- France-Scotland game off -
This weekend's crunch Six Nations rugby match between France and Scotland is postponed after another player tests positive.
With inputs from AFP.