Pakistan logs 69 more corona deaths, 3,909 infections in a day

By: News Desk      Published: 08:08 AM, 29 Aug, 2021
Pakistan logs 69 more corona deaths, 3,909 infections in a day
Visitors gather at the Karachi Zoo Park in after Covid-19 coronavirus restrictions eased.–AFP

Another 69 people died and 3,909 were infected by coronavirus throughout Pakistan during the last 24 hours (Saturday), showed the data released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Sunday morning.

As per the NCOC figures, after the addition of 69 new deaths, the overall toll has now surged to 25,604 whereas the number of total infections now stood at 1,152,411 after adding the fresh 3,909 cases.

During the last 24 hours (Saturday), a total of 62,918 tests were conducted throughout Pakistan whereas the positivity ratio stood at 6.21 percent.

During the last 24 hours (Saturday), as many as 3,443 patients have recovered from the virus whereas the total recoveries stood at 1,033,373. As of Sunday, the total count of active cases in the country was recorded at 93,504.

As many as 429,422 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 389,688 in Punjab, 160,759 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 98,739 in Islamabad, 32,157 in Balochistan, 31,861 in Azad Kashmir and 9,855 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Moreover, 11,799 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab so far, 6,812 in Sindh, 4,927 in KP, 861 in Islamabad, 694 in Azad Kashmir, 338 in Balochistan and 173 in Gilgit Baltistan.

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENTS

Here are the global developments in the coronavirus crisis:

- 10 million jabs a day  -

India has given more than 10 million Covid-19 jabs in a single day for the first time as the South Asian giant bolsters its defences for a predicted new surge.

The health ministry said the 10 million landmark was passed on Friday, beating the country's previous daily record of 9.2 million.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the milestone as a "momentous feat" for the nation of 1.3 billion people.

- Japan probes Moderna after two die -

An investigation is under way into the deaths of two men who received jabs from batches of Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine suspended from use due to contamination, the health ministry in Tokyo said.

The men aged 30 and 38 died earlier this month after a second Moderna dose.

- Delta doubles hospital risk -

The Delta variant of the virus that causes Covid-19 doubles the risk of hospitalisation compared to the Alpha variant it has supplanted as the dominant strain worldwide, researchers report in The Lancet.

Only 1.8 percent of the more than 43,000 Covid cases assessed in comparing the two variants were in patients who had been fully vaccinated.

Three-quarters were completely unvaccinated, and 24 percent had only received one jab of a two-dose vaccine.

- Denmark to lift curbs -

Denmark will lift all of its Covid-19 restrictions by September 10, health officials say, as the virus no longer poses "a threat to society" due to the country's broad vaccination coverage.

- NZ extends lockdown -

New Zealand extends into next week a national lockdown sparked by a Delta virus outbreak, but warns restrictions will last longer in the infection epicentre of Auckland.

- Year-long symptoms -

Fatigue and shortness of breath still afflict many patients a year after their hospitalisation for Covid-19, according to a Chinese study calling for a better understanding of the pandemic's long-term health effects.

- More than 4.4 million dead -

The coronavirus has killed at least 4,472,486 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to an AFP compilation of official data. 

The US is the worst-affected country with 633,564 deaths, followed by Brazil with 577,565, India with 436,861, Mexico 256,287 and Peru 198,064.

Based on the latest reports, the countries with the most new daily deaths were the US with 1,238, followed by Brazil with 920 and Mexico with 835.

With inputs from AFP.