No respite as Covid kills another Pakistani
NIH data shows uptick in number of critical patients: US study says Covid death rates are changing between age groups
March 26, 2023 11:18 AM
There was no respite from the deadly Covid-19 as it took another life after Pakistan reported 100 plus more coronavirus infections during the last 24 hours (Saturday), showed the statistics released by the National Institute of Health (NIH) on Sunday morning, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
It may be mentioned here that Covid-19 pandemic has killed four people in Pakistan during the last five days.
According to the NIH data, the death toll in the country inched up to 30,649 whereas the number of total infections now shot up to 1,579,112 after adding the fresh 106 cases.
During the last 24 hours (Saturday), 4,213 tests were conducted throughout Pakistan whereas the positivity ratio stood dropped to 2.52%. The number of patients in critical care stood at 22.
Covid-19 death rates are changing between age groups
One million Americans have now died from Covid-19, but a new study found death rates are changing between different age groups.
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania using public reports say in the latter half of 2021, when at least half the population was vaccinated, Covid-19 death rates dropped for older Americans, especially those over 80-years old.
The death rate rose in the same period for those 25 to 54-years old, an age group where vaccine rates lagged.
Now, the Food and Drug Administration is deciding whether or not to recommend another booster shot for people at higher risk. That includes people over the age of 65 and people who have weakened immune systems.
The UK and Canada already have approved a second round of boosters. Those shots target the original strain of the virus and two of the Omicron sub-variants.
It's unclear when the FDA will make its decision. That decision could come as the White House disbands its Coronavirus response team in May.
That move coincides with the reported plan for the Biden Administration to declare the public health emergency over. The team has been winding down their work in recent months.
A senior White House official says the nation is in a better and much safer place than it was 3 years ago.