Pakistan reports 18 coronavirus deaths, 861 infections in a day

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has reported 861 coronavirus cases and another 18 deaths during the last 24 hours (Monday), showed the figures released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Tuesday morning.

As per the latest NCOC data, after the addition of 18 new deaths, the overall toll has now surged to 30,196 whereas the number of total infections now stood at 1,510,221 after adding the fresh 861 cases.

During the last 24 hours (Monday), 37,566 tests were conducted throughout Pakistan whereas the positivity ratio stood at 2.29 percent. The number of patients in critical care was 988.

During the last 24 hours (Monday), as many as 489 patients have recovered from the virus whereas the total recoveries stood at 1,442,938. As of Tuesday, the total count of active cases in the country was recorded at 37,087.

As many as 568,277 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 501,544 in Punjab, 216,174 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 134,404 in Islamabad, 35,345 in Balochistan, 42,978 in Azad Kashmir and 11,499 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Moreover, 13,500 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab so far, 8,070 in Sindh, 6,260 in KP, 1,013 in Islamabad, 788 in Azad Kashmir, 375 in Balochistan and 190 in Gilgit Baltistan.

Global Developments

Here are the global developments in the coronavirus crisis:

– Hong Kong hard lockdown likely –

Hong Kong may impose a hard China-style lockdown that confines people to their homes, with the city’s zero-Covid strategy in tatters and bodies piling up in hospitals.

– ‘Fortress New Zealand’ opens –

New Zealanders stranded overseas by the pandemic return home to tears and hugs as the country began dismantling some of the world’s toughest Covid-19 border restrictions.

– Nearly six million dead –

Coronavirus has killed at least 5,945,445 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to an AFP tally compiled from official sources on Monday.

The Covid pandemic has continued its strong retreat this week around the world, except in Asia, where the number of cases has increased by a fifth.

The United States has recorded the most Covid deaths with 948,397, followed by Brazil on 649,134, India on 513,834 and Russia on 351,660.

Taking into account excess mortality linked to Covid, the WHO estimates the true death toll could be two to three times higher.