ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has reported another 15 deaths and 552 infections from the coronavirus pandemic during the last 24 hours (Friday), showed the statistics released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Saturday morning.
As per the NCOC data, after the addition of 15 new deaths, the overall toll has now surged to 28,359 whereas the number of total infections now stood at 1,267,945 after adding the fresh 552 cases.
During the last 24 hours (Friday), a total of 39,179 tests were conducted throughout Pakistan whereas the positivity ratio stood at 1.40 percent. The number of patients in critical care was 1,648.
During the last 24 hours (Friday), as many as 842 patients have recovered from the virus whereas the total recoveries stood at 1,215,505. As of Saturday, the total count of active cases in the country was recorded at 24,081.
As many as 467,142 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 438,818 in Punjab, 177,349 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 106,655 in Islamabad, 33,171 in Balochistan, 34,428 in Azad Kashmir and 10,382 in Gilgit-Baltistan.
Moreover, 12,891 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab so far, 7,540 in Sindh, 5,710 in KP, 938 in Islamabad, 740 in Azad Kashmir, 354 in Balochistan and 186 in Gilgit Baltistan.
Here are the global developments in the coronavirus crisis:
– Kremlin blames Russians –
The Kremlin concedes its coronavirus vaccination drive is struggling and blames Russians for not getting inoculated as deaths and cases hit new records, adding 1,064 fatalities.
– Kiev reimposes curbs –
The capital Kiev moves to reimpose tough restrictions after Ukraine sees a record number of Covid deaths for a second day in a row, at 614.
– Pfizer for kids –
Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine is more than 90 percent effective in preventing symptomatic forms of the disease in children aged 5 to 11, the company says.
– Mass testing in China –
Beijing is to test tens of thousands of people after four new cases are found in a suburban district, as a new outbreak prompts school closures and flight cancellations across the country.
– Friday prayers in Tehran –
Iran allows people to attend prayers at the University of Tehran, the main weekly service in the capital, for the first time in nearly 20 months.
– Bollywood cinemas reopen –
Cinemas begin re-opening in movie-mad Mumbai, the home of Bollywood, with theatres there pinning their hopes on blockbuster releases from next month to pull the crowds back in.
– Greek tourism suffering –
The number of foreign tourists arriving in Greece has rebounded strongly this year, central bank data shows, but the key tourism sector still remains far below pre-pandemic levels.
– England-India cricket –
England will play the coronavirus-delayed final match of their 2021 Test series against India in July next year, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announces.
– Over 4.9 million dead –
The coronavirus has killed at least 4,926,579 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP on Friday.
The US has suffered the most Covid-related deaths with 733,218, followed by Brazil with 604,679, India 453,042, Mexico 285,669 and Russia 228,453.
The countries with the most new deaths were the US with 1,812, followed by Russia with 1,064 and Ukraine with 614.
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.
Peru surpasses 200,000 Covid deaths: officials
Peru, which has the world’s highest Covid-19 death rate per capita, has surpassed 200,000 deaths from the coronavirus, the health ministry said on Friday.
The ministry announced 25 new deaths over the previous 24 hours, taking the South American country over the symbolic threshold with 200.003 deaths since the pandemic started in March 2020.
The Andean country of 33 million has also recorded 2.2 million infections.
With 6,065 deaths per million population, Peru’s Covid mortality rate is the highest in the world, according to an AFP count based on official data.
The news comes at a time of falling daily cases and deaths attributed to the increase in vaccinations, although authorities remain worried about a potential new wave of infections due to the Delta variant that is now predominant in the country.
“We’re maintaining a high level of control,” health minister Hernando Cevallos said recently.
“It is probable that the first and second waves have generated immunity in part of the population, as has vaccination.”
The fall in infections has allowed the government to relax some healthcare measures and reactivate parts of the economy.
The nighttime curfew has been reduced to just two hours while restaurants are now allowed to operate at full capacity.
Peru’s number of deaths is only surpassed in Latin America by Brazil and Mexico, although those countries’ populations are almost seven and four times greater respectively.
Before the pandemic, Peru enjoyed one of the most dynamic economies in the region but in 2020 GDP fell by 11 percent and more than 2.1 million people lost their jobs as Peru entered recession.
“We need to get vaccinated so there is no more sadness in homes and no more orphans,” Mirtha Garcia Espinoza, a 39-year-old mother of two widowed by the pandemic, told AFP.
Peru’s virus death rate has been falling since April when it reached 2,500 a week.
Last week that was down to 169, according to official figures.
Experts blame Peru’s problems on its large informal economy and an ineffective healthcare system.
The government hopes to vaccinate 70 percent of its population over 12 by the end of the year.
More than 14.2 million people have so far received both vaccination doses, accounting for 51 percent of those aged over 12.