Pakistan’s single-day corona cases soar to 4,950, positivity ratio 8.46%

By: News Desk      Published: 07:36 AM, 31 Jul, 2021
Pakistan’s single-day corona cases soar to 4,950, positivity ratio 8.46%
An overview of a closed amusement park is seen after authorities imposed a lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19 coronavirus in Karachi.–AFP

The single-day coronavirus infections in Pakistan have soared to 4,950 as the country reported another 65 deaths during the last 24 hours (Friday), showed the figures released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Saturday morning.

As per the latest NCOC figures, with the addition of 65 new deaths the toll has now surged to 23,360 whereas the total number of cases has now reached 1,029,811 after adding 4,950 new ones.

During the past 24 hours (Friday), as many as 1,321 patients have recovered from the virus whereas the total recoveries stood at 940,164. As of Saturday, the total count of active cases was recorded at 66,287 whereas the positivity ratio was recorded at 8.46 percent.

As many as 380,093 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 356,211 in Punjab, 143,673 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 87,304 in Islamabad, 30,289 in Balochistan, 24,145 in Azad Kashmir and 8,096 in Gilgit Baltistan.

Moreover, 11,041 individuals have so far lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab, 5,971 in Sindh, 4,456 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 801 in Islamabad, 622 in Azad Kashmir, 328 in Balochistan and 141 in Gilgit Baltistan.

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENTS

Here are the global developments in the coronavirus crisis:

- 'The war has changed' -

The Delta variant of the coronavirus is as contagious as chickenpox, probably causes more severe disease, and breakthrough cases in vaccinated individuals may be as transmissible as unvaccinated cases, according to a leaked US government document.

- Indian variant spread in China -

Hundreds of thousands of people in China are in lockdown as the country battles its worst outbreak in months.

- Japan 'doing best' - 

The World Health Organization says that Japan is doing its best to minimise the risk of Covid-19 spreading during the Tokyo Olympics but stresses there is no such thing as zero risk.

It issues the warning after Japan extended a virus state of emergency in Tokyo and expanded the measure to four more regions as it battles a record surge in infections a week into the pandemic-postponed Games.

- England cases rise -

Coronavirus case numbers increase more than 15 percent across England after restrictions were removed, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) says, contradicting health ministry data, which registered dramatically declining cases.

- German entry restrictions -

Anyone entering Germany from abroad will have to take a Covid-19 test unless they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from the disease, according to new rules signed off by Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet.

- Philippines lockdown -

The Philippines will send more than 13 million people in the national capital region back into lockdown next week, the government says, as it tries to head off a surge in cases.

- Kenya curfew -

Kenya says it is extending a nighttime curfew and banning public gatherings to slow the spread of Covid-19, warning that hospitals are becoming overwhelmed.

- Vaccine-resistant variants risk -

Relaxing restrictions like mask-wearing and social distancing when most people have been vaccinated greatly increases the risk of vaccine-resistant variants of the virus, new research shows.

- Broadway mandates vaccines -

Broadway will require audiences to be fully vaccinated and wear masks at all shows, New York's theatre industry announces, as the US steps up mandatory vaccinations.

- Cricketers banned -

Sri Lanka's cricket board bans three top Test players for one year for leaving their bio-secure hotel during a tour of England.

- Four million dead -

The coronavirus has killed at least 4,202,179 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 612,122 deaths, followed by Brazil with 554,497, India with 423,217, Mexico with 239,997 and Peru with 196,214 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.