Positivity rate takes plunge as corona kills 42, infects 1,780 in Pakistan

By: News Desk      Published: 08:37 AM, 26 Sep, 2021
Positivity rate takes plunge as corona kills 42, infects 1,780 in Pakistan
A Honduras boy receives the first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in Tegucigalpa during a vaccination programme for teens aged 12 to 15.–AFP

Amid the government’s robust approach to get implemented the Covid-19 guidelines across Pakistan amid new steps to target the unvaccinated people, the coronavirus positivity ratio took a deep plunge and recorded under four for first time in many months with all indicators showing a downward trend.

The statistics released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Sunday morning showed that Pakistan has registered a sharp drop in the coronavirus infections as the country reported only 42 deaths and 1,780 infections during the last 24 hours (Saturday).

As per the NCOC figures, after the addition of 42 new deaths, the overall toll has now surged to 27,566 whereas the number of total infections now stood at 1,238,668 after adding the fresh 1,780 cases.

During the last 24 hours (Friday), a total of 44,712 tests were conducted throughout Pakistan whereas the positivity ratio stood at 3.98 percent. The number of patients in critical care was 4,199.

During the last 24 hours (Friday), as many as 3,090 patients have recovered from the virus whereas the total recoveries stood at 1,160,412. As of Sunday, the total count of active cases in the country was recorded at 50,690.

As many as 455,065 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 428,394 in Punjab, 173,023 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 105,021 in Islamabad, 32,849 in Balochistan, 34,020 in Azad Kashmir and 10,296 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Moreover, 12,553 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab so far, 7,335 in Sindh, 5,498 in KP, 915 in Islamabad, 735 in Azad Kashmir, 346 in Balochistan and 184 in Gilgit Baltistan.

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENTS

Here are the global developments in the coronavirus crisis:

- Britain preparing temporary visas for lorry drivers -

Britain's government is looking at issuing temporary visas to allow foreign lorry drivers to work in Britain, reversing its earlier policy because of the shortage of drivers in Britain, which is hitting a range of supplies.

- Italy's civil servants to go back to office - 

Italy's 3.2 million civil servants have been told they will have to return to the office from October 15, the government has announced, with only a few allowed to continue working from home in exceptional circumstances.

- Congo vaccination drive -

The authorities in Congo-Brazzaville have ordered extra measures to bolster the country's vaccination campaign. From November 1, a vaccination certificate will be needed to get access to government offices and other public buildings.

- More protests against France's health pass -

Demonstrators turned out across France on Saturday for the 11th straight weekend of protests against France's health pass, but according to government estimates, the numbers are significantly down on previous weeks.

- More than 4.7 million dead - 

The coronavirus has killed more than 4,735,535 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to an AFP tally from official sources.

The US is the worst-affected country with 687,084 deaths, followed by Brazil with 593,663, India with 446,648, Mexico with 274,703 and Russia with 203,095.

The countries with the most deaths over the past seven days are: the United States with 15,750; Russia with 5,461; and Brazil with 3,727.

The WHO has said that taking into account excess mortality directly and indirectly linked to Covid-19 the pandemics true overall toll could be two to three times higher than official records.

With inputs from AFP.