Swabi suffers as Pakistan logs over 600 more corona infections

NIH data shows infectivity ration in Swabi skyrocketing to 33 percent: India reports 19,673 new Covid-19 infections in past 24 hours: Australia nears 12,000 Covid deaths

By: News Desk
Published: 10:17 AM, 31 Jul, 2022
Swabi suffers as Pakistan logs over 600 more corona infections
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Pakistan has reported 661 coronavirus infections and single death during the last 24 hours (Saturday) while the positivity ratio in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa city of Swabi soared to 33 percent, showed the figures released by the National Institute of Health Pakistan on Sunday morning, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

As per the NIH data, the death toll in the country now moved up to 30,487 after adding the one fatality while the number of total infections now stood at 1,554,591 after adding the fresh 661 cases.

During the last 24 hours (Saturday), 20,080 tests were conducted throughout Pakistan whereas the positivity ratio stood at 3.29 percent. The number of patients in critical care was recorded at 171.

The maximum positivity ratio during the last 24 hours was recorded in Swabi which was at 33 percent, followed by Nowshera at 20 percent and Lahore at 13 percent.

Meanwhile the NIH also issued an advisory relating to the processions and Majalis as the holy month of Muharramul Haram started.

The NIH said “Adherence to SOPs is the only way to protect yourself against Covid-19! Wear Mask, adhere to social distancing and get yourself vaccinated!”

India reports 19,673 new Covid-19 infections

Covid-19 cases in India witnessed a marginal dip on Sunday with the country recording 19,673 fresh infections in the past 24 hours. India has been crossing the 20,000-mark in reporting the daily Covid-19 cases over the past few days. 

According to the Health Ministry data, the country has 1,43,676 active cases at present, that accounts for 0.33% of the total coronavirus infections reported in the country so far since the onset of Covid-19 pandemic. To the date, 4,40,19,811 people got infected with the virus in India.

A total of 32 people has succumbed to the coronavirus infection in the past 24 hours, taking India's overall death toll to 5,26,357.

In India, the daily positivity rate is 4.96% while the weekly positivity rate is 4.88%, the ministry said. So far, 4,33,49,778 crore people have recovered from the coronavirus infection in the country including 19,336 in the past 24 hours. The recovery rate is 98.48% at present.

Under the Covid-19 nationwide vaccination programme, a total of 31,36,029 doses were administered in the last 24 hours while more than 204.25 crore vaccine jabs have been inoculated to the eligible beneficiaries in the country so far.

The country has conducted over 87.52 crore Covid tests till date whereas 3,96,424 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, the central government has provided more than 195.28 crore (1,95,28,82,825) vaccine doses to States or Union Territories, out of which, over 7.03 crore (7,03,33,840) balanced or unutilized jabs are still available with them, the health ministry added.

Australia nears 12,000 Covid deaths

Australia is getting closer to chalking up 12,000 Covid-related fatalities, as one in 12 public hospital beds across Australia is filled by someone with the virus.

The nation has recorded three straight days of 100-plus deaths related to the virus.

Another 27 have been reported nationally so far on Sunday – taking Australia’s total toll during the pandemic to 11,832 – along with almost 24,000 new cases.

The Victorian chief health officer, Prof Brett Sutton, estimates only half the actual number of infections are being picked up but says his state has probably hit its case peak, with numbers expected to flatten and fall in coming days.

While the number of Covid-infected people in Victorian hospitals fell by 69 on Sunday, Sutton had earlier warned hospitalisation figures were unlikely to plateau for another week or two.

“We have to think about everyone around us and our health system,” he said on Friday.

Hospitals nationwide are “heaving” under the coronavirus caseload, with more than 5,000 beds occupied by positive patients, the federal health minister, Mark Butler, said.

“We’re numbering about 330,000 cases on a seven-day average per week at the moment, but we know from sampling from the positivity rates that we’re getting for PCR tests that the real number is probably at least twice that,” he told the Australian Medical Association national conference on Saturday.

“It is an extraordinary number of infections with this highly infectious new [Omicron] subvariant.”

Butler said the one upside of the current Omicron wave was that ICU rates were well below where they were in January, while the number of flu cases was also declining sharply.

But he added that the take-up of third vaccine doses had “stalled to quite an alarming extent”, with around 5 million people yet to receive a booster after their two initial shots.