Pakistan records 1,873 new corona infections, 58 deaths in 24 hours
As many as 58 people lost their lives while 1,873 fresh coronavirus cases have reported during the last 24 hours (Monday) in Pakistan, showed the latest figures released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Tuesday morning.
During the past 24 hours (Monday), as many as 1,223 patients have recovered from the virus while the number of total recoveries has recorded at 490,126.
As of Tuesday, the total count of active cases in the country was 34,412.
As usual, Sindh remained at the top in terms of Covid-19 cases followed by Punjab and other regions.
As many as 242,054 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Sindh, 154,717 in Punjab, 65,740 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 40,892 in Islamabad, 18,754 in Balochistan, 8,855 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and 4,902 in Gilgit-Baltistan.
Moreover, 4,608 individuals have died due to the coronavirus in Punjab, 3,900 in Sindh, 1,848 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 468 in Islamabad, 257 in Azad Kashmir, 193 in Balochistan, and 102 in Gilgit Baltistan.
At least 42,587 tests have been conducted in the last 24 hours while 7,772,829 samples have been tested so far.
Pakistan witnessed the highest positivity ratio of novel disease in Karachi followed by Peshawar, and Mirpur in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) while the overall nationwide positivity rate has been recorded at 4.45 percent.
Mexico death toll passes 150,000
Mexico's coronavirus death toll has surpassed 150,000, the government said Monday, a day after President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced he had Covid-19.
The health ministry reported 659 more deaths in its daily update, taking the total to 150,273, behind only the United States, Brazil and India.
The overall number of infections registered now stands at more than 1.77 million in the nation of around 128 million, an increase of 8,521 from the previous day.
Lopez Obrador, 67, announced Sunday that he was undergoing treatment for Covid-19 but said his symptoms were mild.
The family of Mexican telecoms billionaire Carlos Slim, one of the world's richest men, said Monday that the 80-year-old was also being treated for Covid-19 but has only minor symptoms.
Mexico City has been in a state of maximum alert since mid-December, with more than 90 percent of hospital beds full due to soaring infections. Non-essential activities have been suspended in the capital.
The country began mass immunization on December 24 using the vaccine developed by US drugs giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech, but it is constrained by limited supply.
Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:
- 'New cold war': Xi -
Chinese President Xi Jinping warns global leaders at an all-virtual Davos forum against starting a "new Cold War", urging global unity in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
- Moderna jab 'protective' -
US biotechnology firm Moderna says lab studies showed its Covid-19 vaccine will remain protective against coronavirus variants first identified in the United Kingdom and South Africa.
- EU anger at AstraZeneca -
The European Union warns drugs firm AstraZeneca that delays to agreed deliveries of the coronavirus vaccine are unacceptable.
- Merck halts vaccine work -
US pharmaceutical firm Merck announces it is halting work on two potential Covid-19 vaccinations -- including one developed with the Pasteur Institute -- following disappointing initial clinical results.
- European stocks spooked -
European stock markets fall on news that France might be headed for a fresh coronavirus lockdown and at the prospect of new global travel curbs and delays with vaccines.
- EU travel curb call -
The EU executive calls on the 27 member states to impose pre-trip PCR tests for all travellers allowed into the bloc and quarantine on arrival if they come from zones where virus variants are spreading.
- Sputnik V for Mexico -
Mexico agrees to acquire 24 million doses of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine.
- Mexico president infected -
Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador "is well and strong, coordinating matters," one day after announcing he was infected with the novel coronavirus, his interior minister says.
- Quarter billion jobs lost -
The UN's International Labour Organization says the pandemic took a "massive" toll on the global labour market last year with the equivalent of more than a quarter of a billion jobs lost.
- Olympics warning -
Athletes who have not been vaccinated would face "extremely difficult" conditions at the Tokyo Games this summer, the president of the French National Olympic Committee says.
- Godiva closures -
Chocolate company Godiva says it will shut or sell its 128 North American stores due to a steep downturn in customer foot traffic from Covid-19.
- Nearly 100 million cases -
At least 2,129,368 people have died of coronavirus since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to an AFP tally from official sources.
More than 99,144,232 cases of coronavirus have been registered.
The US has suffered the highest death toll with 419,220 fatalities, followed by Brazil with 217,037 and India with 153,470.
The number of deaths globally is broadly under-estimated. The toll is calculated from daily figures published by national health authorities and does not include later revisions by statistics agencies.
With inputs from AFP.