Pakistan posts 3 more corona deaths, 291 infections in a day

By: News Desk
Published: 08:04 AM, 28 Dec, 2021
Pakistan posts 3 more corona deaths, 291 infections in a day
Caption: A woman is inoculated with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against the novel coronavirus disease, Covid-19, at a vaccination centre in Asuncion after Paraguayan health authorities confirmed the first three cases of the Omicron variant in the country.–AFP
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Pakistan has recorded three more deaths and 291 infections from coronavirus pandemic during the last 24 hours (Monday), showed the figures released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Tuesday morning.

As per the NCOC data, after the addition of three new deaths, the overall toll has now surged to 28,912 whereas the number of total infections now stood at 1,294,031 after adding the fresh 291 cases.

During the last 24 hours (Monday), a total of 41,869 tests were conducted throughout Pakistan whereas the positivity ratio stood at 0.69 percent. The number of patients in critical care was 636.

During the last 24 hours (Monday), as many as 229 patients have recovered from the virus whereas the total recoveries stood at 1,255,204. As of Tuesday, the total count of active cases in the country was recorded at 9,915.

As many as 480,901 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 444,670 in Punjab, 181,247 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 108,502 in Islamabad, 33,625 in Balochistan, 34,657 in Azad Kashmir and 10,429 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Moreover, 13,066 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab so far, 7,663 in Sindh, 5,922 in KP, 966 in Islamabad, 746 in Azad Kashmir, 363 in Balochistan and 186 in Gilgit Baltistan.

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENTS

Here are the global developments in the coronavirus crisis:

- Holiday chaos -

Holiday travel chaos around the world continues with around 2,700 flights cancelled Monday and 860 more on Tuesday, according to flight tracker FlightAware.

- No 'panic' -

President Joe Biden says some US hospitals could be "overrun", but that the country is generally well prepared to meet the latest Covid surge and Americans need not "panic".

- Chinese lockdown tightened -

The locked-down Chinese city of Xi'an, where 13 million residents are facing their fifth day of home confinement, tightens Covid-19 controls to the "strictest" level, banning residents from driving cars around town.

- New records -

Denmark, Greece and Iceland report record daily coronavirus cases as the Omicron variant makes Europe the global hotspot for infections and deaths.

- New French measures -

The French government will order companies to oblige employees to work from home for at least three days a week, where possible, in a bid to stem a fifth wave of Covid infections, says Prime Minister Jean Castex.

- Fourth jab? -

An Israeli hospital launches a clinical trial on the impact of a fourth shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, as the health ministry weighs up a national fourth jab rollout.

- Premier League stricken -

England's Premier League reports a record 103 players and staff tested positive for the coronavirus in the period from December 20 to 26.

- Barcelona players positive -

Two Barcelona defenders, Clement Lenglet and Dani Alves, also test positive, the club announces.

- From skiing to tennis -

American double Olympic alpine ski gold medallist Mikaela Shiffrin and tennis star Andrey Rublev become the latest sports stars to test positive for Covid-19.

- More than 5.4 million dead -

The coronavirus has killed at least 5,400,024 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a tally Monday from official sources compiled by AFP.

Overall, the United States has recorded the most Covid deaths with 816,819, followed by Brazil with 618,448, India with 479,997 and Russia with 305,155.

Taking into account excess mortality linked to Covid-19, the World Health Organization estimates the overall death toll could be two to three times higher.

With inputs from AFP.