Pakistan posts 78 coronavirus deaths, 4,457 new infections in a day
Pakistan has reported 78 deaths and 4,757 new infections of the novel coronavirus after conducting 43,965 tests—a positivity ratio of 10.82 percent – during the last 24 hours (Tuesday), showed figures released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Wednesday morning.
As per the NCOC data, after the addition of nearly 5,000 new infections, the number of positive cases in Pakistan has now surged to 667,957 with the countrywide tally of fatalities jumping to 14,434, after adding the 78 new ones.
Punjab has now become the worst-hit province in terms of deaths followed by Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
So far, 6,365 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab 4,497 in Sindh, 2,342 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 568 in Islamabad, 352 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, 207 in Balochistan and 103 in Gilgit Baltistan.
As many as 265,433 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 220,392 in Punjab, 87,055 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 57,833 in Islamabad, 19,557 in Balochistan, 12,663 in Azad Kashmir and 5,024 in Gilgit Baltistan.
Punjab: Authorities reported 46 deaths due to the coronavirus, raising total casualties to 6,365. The province now has 220,392 confirmed cases; it reported 2,698 new infections after conducting 20,983 tests, a positivity ratio of 12.86 percent. There were 1,577 new recoveries recorded, leaving 188,562 fully recovered, and 25,465 active cases of the virus.
Sindh: Confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Sindh have now climbed to 265,433; it reported 275 new infections on Wednesday after conducting 7,853 tests, a positivity ratio of 3.5 percent. The province reported 2 new deaths, raising toll to 4,497, while its recoveries rose by 100 to 256,052. Overall, the province now has 4,884 active cases of the novel coronavirus.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: In the past 24 hours, the provincial government recorded 1,011 new infections after conducting 7,650 tests, a positivity ratio of 13.21 percent. Overall, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s confirmed cases have climbed to 87,055. It recorded 23 new deaths, raising toll to 2,342, while its recoveries have risen by 908 to 76,232. There are currently 8,481 active cases of COVID-19 in the province.
Balochistan: The province raised its confirmed cases to 19,557 with 22 new infections after conducting 488 tests, a positivity ratio of 4.51 percent. There were no deaths and 23 recoveries in the past 24 hours, leaving 207 fatalities and 19,090 fully recovered. There are now 260 active cases of COVID-19 in the province.
Islamabad: The federal capital raised its confirmed coronavirus cases by 629 to 57,833 after conducting 5,976 tests; a positivity ratio of 10.52 percent. There were 5 deaths and 187 recoveries in the past 24 hours, leaving 568 casualties; 47,458 recovered; and 9,807 active cases.
Gilgit Baltistan: Gilgit-Baltistan reported 8 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Wednesday after conducting 207 tests; it now has 5,024 confirmed cases. The region reported no new deaths or recoveries, leaving 103 fatalities and 4,867 fully recovered people. There are currently 54 active cases of COVID-19 in the region.
Azad Kashmir: In Azad Kashmir, confirmed cases rose by 114 to 12,663 after conducting 808 tests, a positivity ratio of 14.11 percent. There were 2 deaths and 53 recoveries in the past 24 hours, leaving 352 fatalities and 10,865 fully recovered. It now has 1,446 active cases of COVID-19.
Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:
- Origins report -
The United States and 13 allies voice "shared concerns" over a World Health Organization-backed report on the origins of Covid-19 and urge China to provide "full access" to experts.
The EU says separately the report, which concluded that Covid-19 probably passed to humans from bats via an intermediary animal, is a "helpful first step" but more work is needed.
- Lab leak? -
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urges a deeper investigation into whether the Covid outbreak originated with a leak from a lab, after the international experts judged the hypothesis "extremely unlikely".
- Brazil turmoil -
Brazil's army, navy and air force commanders resign, a day after far-right President Jair Bolsonaro changed six key ministers as he faces mounting pressure over the country's virus death toll -- the world's second highest.
- New AstraZeneca blow -
Germany's vaccine commission recommends suspending use of AstraZeneca's Covid jab for under-60s, as further reports emerge of blood clots among younger people who have received it.
Local authorities in Berlin and Munich had announced earlier that they were suspending the vaccine for younger people.
- Global economic growth -
Economic growth led by the United States and China is accelerating, IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva says.
She says prospects have been boosted by the US passage of President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion economic relief package and an expected bounce from coronavirus vaccines increasingly available in larger economies.
- European recovery too -
European nations can expect "a sound recovery path" for their pandemic-battered economies in the second half of 2021, boosted by stepped-up vaccination drives, Georgieva says.
- Slovak PM resigns -
Slovak Prime Minister Igor Matovic resigns following heavy criticism of his handling of the pandemic and his decision to buy Russian Sputnik V vaccines.
- Border controls -
Italy is imposing a five-day quarantine on all arrivals from other EU countries and its own citizens, as Germany says it will step up checks at its land borders to ensure travellers have tested negative, as concern grows over Easter holiday travel.
- Even more doses -
German firm BioNTech says it is on track to manufacture 2.5 billion doses of its vaccine this year with US partner Pfizer, 25 percent more than previously expected.
- Nepal to restart jabs -
Nepal is set to restart Covid-19 inoculations after receiving a donation of 800,000 Sinopharm doses from China, resuming a campaign that was put on hold because India slowed vaccine exports.
- Nearly 2.8 million dead -
At least 2,792,586 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.
With inputs from AFP.