Coronavirus takes a sharp plunge in Pakistan

NIH data shows infections falling below 200, no death: US first lady tests negative for Covid-19: India reports 7,591 new cases, 30 deaths

By: News Desk
Published: 09:54 AM, 30 Aug, 2022
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Pakistan has registered a sharp plunge in major coronavirus indicators with infections, fatalities and infectivity ration nosediving to new lows in months. The country recorded 170 Covid-19 cases and no death during the last 24 hours (Monday), showed the statistics released by the National Institute of Health Pakistan on Tuesday morning, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

As per the NIH data, the death toll in the country remained the same at 30,575 while the number of total infections now stood at 1,568,849 after adding the fresh 170 cases.

During the last 24 hours (Monday), 12,671 tests were conducted throughout Pakistan whereas the positivity ratio stood at 1.34 percent. The number of patients in critical care was recorded at 111.

During the last 24 hours (Monday), another 570 patients have recovered from the Covid-19 in Pakistan and the number of total recoveries now stood at 1,529,477. As of Tuesday, the total count of active cases in the country was recorded at 8,797.

As many as 593,280 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 520,869 in Punjab, 223,430 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 139,071 in Islamabad, 35,943 in Balochistan, 44,238 in Azad Kashmir and 12,018 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

As many as 13,608 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab so far, 8,227 in Sindh, 6,348 in KP, 1,030 in Islamabad, 793 in Azad Kashmir, 378 in Balochistan and 191 in Gilgit Baltistan.


US first lady Jill Biden tests negative for Covid-19

US first lady Jill Biden has tested negative for Covid-19 after a rebound case and will return to the Washington on Tuesday, communications director Elizabeth Alexander said in a statement Monday.

Jill Biden had tested positive for a rebound case last week after first testing positive on August 15 while vacationing in Kiawah Island, South Carolina. The first lady had "cold-like symptoms" the first time around, according to Alexander, and was put on a cycle of the antiviral drug Paxlovid, which can trigger a rebound case of Covid-19 in some people several days after a negative test result.

President Joe Biden tested negative last week after being considered a close contact to the first lady, a White House official told CNN.

The President had also taken Paxlovid when he had Covid-19 last month, and he eventually tested positive for a rebound case, following negative tests.

While isolating in South Carolina during her first diagnosis, the first lady worked on her upcoming fall course planning for her job as an English professor at Northern Virginia Community College.

Biden has since been isolating at the family beach house in Delaware, where she had traveled following negative tests prior to the rebound case.

7,591 new Covid cases, 30 virus-related deaths in India

India added 7,591 new coronavirus infections in a day, taking total tally of Covidd-19 cases rose to 4,44,15,723, while the active cases declined to 84,931, according to the Union Health Ministry data.

The death count climbed to 5,27,799 with 30 new fatalities. Besides 15 deaths have been reconciled by Kerala, the data updated at 8 am stated.   The active cases comprise 0.19 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.62 percent, the ministry said.

Delhi on Monday reported 214 fresh COVID-19 cases with a positivity rate of 3.77 per cent, while four more people died due to the viral disease, according to data shared by the city health department.

The new cases came out of 5,683 tests conducted the previous day, the department said in its latest bulletin. With the fresh cases and fatalities, Delhi's infection tally increased to 19,98,858 and the total death count climbed to 26,462, it said.