Pakistan records 28 more corona deaths in a day

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has registered another 28 deaths and 1,016 infections from the coronavirus pandemic during the last 24 hours (Wednesday), showed the figures released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Thursday morning.

As per the NCOC statistics, after the addition of 28 new deaths, the overall toll has now surged to 28,201 whereas the number of total infections now stood at 1,261,685 after adding the fresh 1,016 cases.

During the last 24 hours (Wednesday), a total of 47,934 tests were conducted throughout Pakistan whereas the positivity ratio stood at 2.11 percent. The number of patients in critical care was 2,195.

During the last 24 hours (Wednesday), as many as 1,750 patients have recovered from the virus whereas the total recoveries stood at 1,193,175. As of Thursday, the total count of active cases in the country was recorded at 40,309.

As many as 464,142 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 437,032 in Punjab, 176,366 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 106,312 in Islamabad, 33,100 in Balochistan, 34,372 in Azad Kashmir and 10,361 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Moreover, 12,808 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab so far, 7,514 in Sindh, 5,666 in KP, 935 in Islamabad, 740 in Azad Kashmir, 352 in Balochistan and 186 in Gilgit Baltistan.

Global Developments

Here are the global developments in the coronavirus crisis:

– Supply problem fears –

Global finance officials who are gathered in Washington focus on finding a way to alleviate supply chain bottlenecks that are driving prices higher and threatening to derail the economic recovery.

– …But UK still grows –

Despite the supply chain woes, Britain’s economy rebounded in August when gross domestic product expanded by 0.4 percent.

– Pathogen sleuth squad –

The WHO unveils a proposed team of scientists tasked with looking at new pathogens and preventing future pandemics — plus reviving the stalled probe into Covid-19’s origins.

– No India booster –

India currently has no plans to give booster doses as some nations have started doing, the government’s chief Covid advisor says as the country nears the milestone of one billion vaccine injections.

– US to open land borders –

The United States will open its land borders with Mexico and Canada in early November to non-essential travellers who are fully vaccinated, the White House says.

– Jailed Venezuela opponent dies –

An army general who ended up behind bars after breaking with Venezuela’s late socialist strongman Hugo Chavez died of Covid-19 while in prison.

Former defence minister Raul Isaias Baduel was also jailed for conspiring against current President Nicolas Maduro.

– Weddings on hold –

The Republic of Congo announces a 45-day ban on weddings, a move it says will help to stem the spread of the virus.

– Britain’s turkey panic –

Brexit and the pandemic could conspire to deprive Britons of fresh turkeys for their Christmas dinners, producers warn, as farmers are hit by a shortage of seasonal labour.

– Over 4.8 million dead –

The novel coronavirus has killed at least 4,861,478 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1000 GMT on Wednesday.

The US has suffered the most Covid-related deaths at 716,479, followed by Brazil with 601,398, India 451,189, Mexico 282,227 and Russia 219,329.

The countries with the most new deaths were the US with 2,395 new deaths, followed by Russia with 984 and Mexico with 546.

Taking into account excess mortality directly and indirectly linked to Covid-19, the World Health Organization estimates the overall death toll could be two to three times higher.