Alarm bells in Pakistan as coronavirus kills 86 people in single day

By: News Desk      Published: 08:14 AM, 30 Jul, 2021
Alarm bells in Pakistan as coronavirus kills 86 people in single day
People gather in large numbers and queue up to register themselves and get inoculated with the Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine at a vaccination centre in Karachi.–AFP

The alarm bells must be sounded in Pakistan as the coronavirus has killed 86 people in a single day with the positivity ratio drawing close to eight percent.

As many as 4,537 more people were infected by coronavirus during the last 24 hours (Thursday) across the country, showed the data released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Friday morning.

As per the latest NCOC figures, with the addition of 86 new deaths the toll has now soared to 23,295 whereas the total number of cases has now reached 1,024,861 after adding 4,537 new ones.

During the past 24 hours (Thursday), as many as 1,489 patients have recovered from the virus whereas the total recoveries stood at 938,843. As of Friday, the total count of active cases was recorded at 62,723 whereas the positivity ratio was recorded at 7.79 percent.

As many as 377,231 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 355,483 in Punjab, 143,213 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 86,945 in Islamabad, 30,162 in Balochistan, 23,819 in Azad Kashmir and 8,008 in Gilgit Baltistan.

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Moreover, 11,019 individuals have so far lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab, 5,947 in Sindh, 4,444 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 799 in Islamabad, 622 in Azad Kashmir, 327 in Balochistan and 137 in Gilgit Baltistan.

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENTS

Here are the global developments in the coronavirus crisis:

- Four billion jabs -

More than four billion doses of anti-Covid vaccines have been administered around the world, eight months after the vaccination drive started, according to an AFP count.

- Israel: third jabs -

Israel is to start offering a third dose of Covid-19 vaccinations to people aged over 60 who were vaccinated more than five months ago, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett says.

- Olympic risks -

Two pole vaulters, including 2016 bronze medallist Sam Kendricks, are ruled out of the Tokyo Olympics, after testing positive, underlining the risks facing athletes at the coronavirus-hit Games.

- China spread -

China reports small outbreaks driven by the Delta variant in three provinces as a cluster linked to an eastern airport spreads despite mass testing and a vaccination drive.

- US economy back on track -

The US economy returned to its pre-pandemic level in the second quarter, with a 6.5 percent annualised rate of expansion. But inflation spiked as customers vaccinated against Covid-19 returned to businesses that suffered throughout the pandemic last year.

- AstraZeneca sales -

British pharmaceuticals giant AstraZeneca says that its Covid jab generated $1.2 billion (1.0 billion euros) in sales in the first half of the year as global vaccination programmes accelerated.

- Middle East surge -

The World Health Organization says the Delta variant has led to a "surge" in coronavirus outbreaks triggering a "fourth wave" in the Middle East region, stretching from Morocco to Pakistan, and where vaccination rates remain low.

- Catalonia curfew -

Spain's Catalonia extends for a second time a nightime curfew that was imposed on the tourist hotspot, including the city of Barcelona, to fight a Covid-19 surge.

- French territory locked down -

France's Indian Ocean territory of La Reunion will go into a partial lockdown at the weekend due to a surge in Covid-19 infections, as Britain acknowledges the situation on the island is behind tight restrictions on travel from France.

- Juventus in quarantine -

Juventus' first team has been put in quarantine after Tunisian midfielder Hamza Rafia tested positive, the Turin club says.

- Four million dead -

The coronavirus has killed at least 4,190,383 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP.

The United States is the worst-affected country with 611,801 deaths, followed by Brazil with 553,179, India with 422,662, Mexico with 239,616 and Peru with 196,138 fatalities. 

The World Health Organization says up to three times the number suggested by official figures have died directly or indirectly as a result of the pandemic.

 

With inputs from AFP.