100 more die from corona in Pakistan

By: News Desk      Published: 10:29 AM, 30 Mar, 2021
100 more die from corona in Pakistan

Wracked by the third wave of Covid-19 infections, Pakistan has recorded a sharp rise in coronavirus fatalities during the last 24 hours amid the government’s efforts to tighten social distancing and movement restrictions, implementing a new ban on all gatherings in areas with a high number of cases.

Pakistan reported another 100 deaths from coronavirus during the past 24 hours (Monday) whereas 4,084 new infections were recorded with the positivity ratio stood at 8.82 percent, showed the figures released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Tuesday morning.

As per the latest NCOC statistics, after the addition of 100 more fatalities, the death toll has now surged to 14,356 while the number of total confirmed infections stood at 663,200, after adding the 4,064 new ones.

During the past 24 hours (Monday), as many as 2,081 patients have recovered from the deadly virus while the total recoveries stood at 600,278. The total count of active cases was recorded at 48,566.

As many as 265,158 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 217,694 in Punjab, 86,044 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 57,204 in Islamabad, 19,535 in Balochistan, 12,549 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and 5,016 in Gilgit Baltistan.

As many as 6,319 individuals have so far lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab, 4,495 in Sindh, 2,319 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 563 in Islamabad, 350 in Azad Kashmir, 207 in Balochistan and 103 in Gilgit Baltistan.

A total of 46,269 tests were conducted during the last 24 hours (Monday) while 10,153,36 samples have so far been tested.

President Arif Alvi and Defence Minister Pervez Khattak had also tested positive for Covid-19, days after Prime Minister Imran Khan contracted the virus.

The authorities have so far identified 26 cities with over eight percent positivity ratio, with the age group of 20 to 40 years were the most affected by Covid-19, but the highest rate of casualty was among patients in the age bracket of 60 to 70 years.

The NCOC had revealed that 26 cities had a positivity rate of over eight percent. They are Islamabad, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Sialkot, Sargodha, Sheikhupura, Gujrat, Bahawalpur, Toba Tek Singh, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Mandi Bahauddin, Multan, Okara, Rahimyar Khan, Peshawar, Swat, Nowshera, Dir Lower, Malakand, Swabi, Charsadda, Haripur, Muzaffarabad, Mirpur and Kotli.

Global developments

Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:

- 'Missing link' animal -

A mission of international experts to Wuhan concludes it is very likely that Covid-19 first passed to humans from a bat through an intermediary animal, and all but rules out a laboratory leak.

- J&J for Europe, Africa -

Johnson & Johnson says it plans to start delivering its one-shot vaccine to Europe on April 19, giving the continent a boost as it struggles to speed up its vaccination drive.

It also says it will deliver up to 400 million doses to African countries, with the first shipments expected to arrive in the third quarter of 2021.

- 'Happy Monday' -

England begins easing its lockdown on what newspapers dub "Happy Monday" with people flocking to parks and pools as stay-at-home orders are relaxed to allow outdoor gatherings of up to six people and the resumption of amateur sports.

- Debt relief -

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres calls for greater debt relief and new creative financing to help poorer nations deal with the pandemic.

- Muted Holi -

Indian authorities clamp down on Holi, one of the country's biggest Hindu festivals, banning it in some states and territories including Delhi, as the country passed 12 million cases and Mumbai records its steepest-ever rise in daily infections.

- Merkel clash -

The leader of Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union party, Armin Laschet, rebuffs her criticsm of Germany's 16 federal states for straying from agreed coronavirus measures, insisting they are taking the pandemic seriously.

- Chinese jabs for Palestinians -

The Palestinian Authority receives 100,000 doses of the Chinese Sinopharm jab, the largest single batch of coronavirus vaccines yet to reach the Palestinian territories.

- Portugal flight ban -

Portugal's government extends its suspension of flights to and from Brazil and Britain until April 15, in a bid to limit the spread of Covid-19 variants.

- Nearly 2.8 million dead -

At least 2,784,276 people have died of Covid-19 around the world since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to an AFP tally from official sources. 

The US is the worst-affected country with 549,335 deaths followed by Brazil with 312,206 fatalities, Mexico with 201,623, India with 161,843 and Britain with 126,592 deaths.

With inputs from AFP.