Pakistan reports over 3,100 new coronavirus cases, 54 deaths
Germany’s Covid-19 infections pass one million
People wearing facemasks as a preventive measure against the Covid-19 coronavirus eat food at a roadside restaurant in Karachi.–AFP
Thursday was the third consecutive day of over 3,000 new coronavirus cases in Pakistan which also reported 54 deaths during the same period, showed the data released by National Command and Operation Centre on Friday morning.
With the addition of 3,133 infected persons, the overall number of coronavirus cases in the country climbed to 389,311 as Sindh continues to be the most-affected region in terms of the total number of infections while Islamabad has the highest ratio when the population is taken into account.
Meanwhile, the continuous increase in active coronavirus cases amid higher infection rate and low recovery figures is overburdening the fragile healthcare system with the number currently standing at 45,533.
Out of those who are receiving treatment in hospitals, 2,112 are stated to be in a critical condition with 276 placed on ventilators in intensive care units.
Punjab again recorded most of these new deaths as 22 people died of the virus in the province followed by 19 in Sindh. The corresponding numbers for Islamabad, Azad Kashmir and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were eight, three and two respectively.
Although Sindh is the most affected province of the country in terms of cases, most of the deaths have been reported in Punjab. The region-wise details are given as:
Sindh 166,763 cases and 2,885 deaths, Punjab 117,160 cases and 2,945 deaths, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 46,281 cases and 1,346 deaths, Islamabad 28,980 cases and 305 deaths, Balochistan 16,942 cases and 165 deaths, Azad Kashmir 6,403 cases and 152 deaths, Gilgit Baltistan 4,583 cases and 96 deaths.
On the other hand, the total number of people fully recovering from the infection has reached 335,881 after the addition 1,489 during the past 24 hours.
During the past 24 hours, the authorities administered 43,214 more tests in their efforts to identify, isolate and trace new cases to control the infection rate, increasing the overall number to 5,386,916.
Germany on Friday saw its total number of coronavirus infections pass one million, the Robert Koch Institute for disease control said.
The institute recorded more than 22,000 new daily cases, pushing the country's total beyond the one million mark.
Germany had largely contained the spread of the virus in the spring but has been hit hard by a second wave of infections. The number of Covid-19 patients in intensive care nationwide has soared from just over 360 in early October to more than 3,500 last week.
Most populous North Rhine-Westphalia state has recorded more than a quarter of all cases, ahead of Bavaria's 198,000 confirmed infections. Berlin has seen 62,000 cases since the start of the pandemic.
Chancellor Angela Merkel this week announced that Germany was extending its current coronavirus restrictions through to early January unless there is a dramatic drop in infections.
Rules will ease over the festive period to accommodate Christmas and New Year celebrations, allowing meetings of up to 10 adults from December 23 to New Year's Day.
Europe's biggest economy has shuttered restaurants, bars, sporting facilities and cultural venues, though schools and shops remain open.
Latest global developments
Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:
- Deadly day for US -
The United States registers more than 2,400 deaths in 24 hours as its Thanksgiving holiday begins -- the highest daily toll in six months.
US President-elect Joe Biden appeals to "weary" Americans to dig deep in a Thanksgiving address saying "life is going to return to normal... This will not last forever."
- And for Russia -
Russia reports record numbers for daily infections and deaths for the second time in less than a week with 25,487 new infections and 524 deaths.
- S.Korea third wave fear -
South Korea has its highest daily number of cases since March with a surge of new infections sparking fears of a major third wave.
- New AstraZeneca vaccine study -
British drug manufacturer AstraZeneca says further research is needed on its Covid-19 vaccine after questions emerged over the protection it offers, but the additional testing is unlikely to affect regulatory approval in Europe.
- Tough England restrictions -
More than 23 million people will be under the tightest restrictions once England's nationwide coronavirus lockdown ends next week and it returns to a three-tier system, the government says.
- Former Sudan PM succumbs -
Sudan's former prime minister and top opposition figure Sadiq al-Mahdi, 84, dies from the virus.
- Agree not to ski -
With France and Germany shutting slopes and Austria keeping theirs open, fear that snow-starved Europeans will cross borders to mix on the mountains has Germany asking its EU partners to close ski resorts until January.
- 12,350 new deaths -
More than 60.4 million people have been infected by Covid-19 and 1.4 million died, according to an AFP tally from official sources compiled on Thursday.
More than 12,350 people died in the previous 24 hours, with 635,138 new cases reported worldwide.
The US is the worst-affected country with 262,283 deaths, followed by Brazil with 170,769 deaths; India with 135,223; Mexico with 103,597; and the United Kingdom with 56,533.
- Swedish royals self-isolate -
Sweden's Prince Carl Philip, 41, and his 35-year-old wife Princess Sofia are self-isolating after testing positive for coronavirus, the royal palace says.
- Danish PM apologises over minks -
Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen personally and tearfully apologises for the handling of a crisis where a mutated version of the new coronavirus prompted the government to cull of millions of minks bred on farms.