Pakistan records sharp drop in coronavirus infections

NIH data shows positivity ration stood at 2.76%: India also records further dip in Covid cases: Biden feels 'great' as Covid symptoms ease

By: News Desk
Published: 09:40 AM, 26 Jul, 2022
Pakistan records sharp drop in coronavirus infections
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Pakistan has registered a sharp drop in its daily coronavirus infections as the country reported 371 cases and only one death during the last 24 hours (Monday), showed the statistics released by the National Institute of Health Pakistan on Tuesday morning.

As per the NIH data, the death toll in the country now moved up to 30,470 after adding the one fatality while the number of total infections now stood at 1,551,251 after adding the fresh 371 cases.

During the last 24 hours (Monday), 13,439 tests were conducted throughout Pakistan whereas the positivity ratio stood at 2.76 percent. The number of patients in critical care was recorded at 184.

The maximum positivity ratio during the last 24 hours was recorded in Peshawar which was at 9.02 percent, followed by Lahore at 7.05 percent.

During the last 24 hours (Monday), another 308 patients have recovered from the Covid-19 in Pakistan and the number of total recoveries now stood at 1,513,149. As of Tuesday, the total count of active cases in the country was recorded at 7,632.

As many as 590,008 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 511,958 in Punjab, 220,981 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 137,202 in Islamabad, 35,740 in Balochistan, 43,534 in Azad Kashmir and 11,828 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

As many as 13,587 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab so far, 8,165 in Sindh, 6,329 in KP, 1,027 in Islamabad, 793 in Azad Kashmir, 378 in Balochistan and 191 in Gilgit Baltistan.

India sees further dip in Covid cases

India saw further dip in Covid cases with 14,830 new infections reported in the last 24 hours. This is 2,036 less than the number of cases reported yesterday which was 16,866.

Furthermore, India reported 36 deaths in the last 24 hours, with this the death toll in the country climbed to 526,110.

The national coronavirus recovery rate was recorded at 98.47 percent, the health ministry said. The daily positivity rate stands at 3.48 percent.

The count of active Covid-19 cases in India has declined from 1,50,877 to 1,47,512, Health Ministry said.

Under the nationwide vaccination drive in the country, 2,02,50,57,717 people have been vaccinated in the country so far, of which 30,42,476 were administered in the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, a new advisory was released on July 25 in Dehradun, emphasising the five-point plan of testing, surveillance, treatment, vaccination and compliance of Covid-appropriate behaviour to halt the spread in Uttarakhand. COVID-19 instances are once again on the rise. R Rajesh Kumar, the director of the National Health Mission, issued the regulations and asked district administrations to enforce strict adherence to them, including social seclusion, mask wear, and hand sanitization

As part of the the Centre government's 75-day drive, all adults in the age group of 18-75 years free precaution doses from July 15 at government CVC.

The free doses are being given as part of the 75-day ‘COVID Vaccination Amrit Mahotsava’, which will continue till September 30. The Amrit Mahotsava marks 75 years of independent India.

India's Covid-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 2020, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16.

It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19. India crossed the grim milestone of two crore on May 4, three crore on June 23 last year and four crore on January 25.

Biden feels 'great' as Covid symptoms ease

US President Joe Biden said Monday he feels "great" after getting over most of his Covid-19 symptoms and hopes to be fully back at work this week.

"I'm feeling great," Biden told reporters at the end of a meeting with staff and business leaders on microchip manufacturing, where he appeared by video link.

In a slightly croaky voice, Biden said he'd had two full nights of sleep in a row, adding with a smile that "as a matter of fact my dog had to wake me up this morning."

Biden, who has isolated at the White House since testing positive for the coronavirus last Thursday, said he hoped to be working in person again "by the end of this week."

The president has been carrying out his full duties, but has observed a lighter schedule during his recovery.

Earlier, the official White House doctor said that the 79-year-old's condition is much improved, although he continues to receive treatment for the potentially deadly virus.

"His symptoms have now almost completely resolved," Biden's physician Kevin O'Connor said in a memorandum to the White House press secretary. "He only notes some residual nasal congestion and minimal hoarseness."

Biden's lungs remain clear and his pulse, blood pressure and respiratory rate are all normal, the doctor said.

The president continues to take the antiviral therapeutic Paxlovid and "is experiencing no shortness of breath," the memorandum said.

Biden is the oldest person ever in the US presidency but his physician says he is generally in good health. He has been fully vaccinated and received two booster shots against the coronavirus.

With inputs from AFP.