Pakistan triumphs, world suffers in fight against coronavirus

By: News Desk      Published: 11:36 AM, 30 Aug, 2020
Pakistan triumphs, world suffers in fight against coronavirus

As the global coronavirus infections soared past 25 million, Pakistan has appeared to have defeated Covid-19 will daily significant drop in the number of cases and fatalities.

A million additional cases have been detected globally roughly every four days since mid-July, according to an AFP tally, with India on Sunday setting the record for the highest single-day rise in cases with 78,761. However, in Pakistan the situation is quite the opposite as the country recorded only 264 cases and four deaths during the last 24 hours (Saturday).

Even nations such as New Zealand and South Korea, which had previously brought their outbreaks largely under control, are now battling new clusters of infections.

On the other side of the world, Latin America -- the worst-hit region -- was still struggling with its first wave, with Covid-19 deaths in Brazil crossing 120,000, second only to the United States.

Brazil's curve "has stabilised now, but at a very dangerous level: nearly 1,000 deaths and 40,000 cases per day," said Christovam Barcellos, a researcher at public health institute Fiocruz. "And Brazil still isn't past the peak."

Nearly 843,000 people have died of Covid-19 globally, and with no vaccine or effective treatment available yet, governments have been forced to resort to some form of social distancing and lockdowns to stop the spread of the virus.

In Pakistan though the situation is amazingly getting better and better. The country registered only one death on Friday and according to the latest figures released by National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Sunday only four deaths were reported with total active Covid-19 cases further dropping to 8,801 during the last 24 hours (Saturday).

A total of 21,434 tests were conducted on Saturday with 6,482 in Sindh, 7,444 in Punjab, 3,951 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 2,935 in Islamabad, 274 in Balochistan, 215 in Gilgit Baltistan and 133 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and only 264 new cases were detected. This brought the total number of tests conducted in the country till date to 26,03,129. 

As many as 280,547 people have been recovered so far from the virus across Pakistan making it a significant count. A total of 295,636 cases detected so far with Sindh having 129,268, Punjab 96,741, AJK 2,294, Balochistan 12,842, GB 2,863, Islamabad 15,611 and KP 36,017.

With the addition of four more deaths, the total number of deaths stood at 6,288 of which Sindh has 2,398 fatalities so far, Punjab 2,196, KP 1,250, Islamabad 175, Balochistan 141, GB 67 and AJK 61.