Pakistan has reported a total of 1,021 fresh infections in the last 24 hours, while the positivity rate was recorded at 2.34 per cent. Around 43,578 tests were conducted, and the active case count has now reached 41,071.

Meanwhile, 21 more deaths have also been reported during the said time period, taking the count of nationwide death toll to 28,173, as per latest figures shared by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC).

The nationwide tally of confirmed cases has now reached 1,260,669. There are a total 2,257 critical patients in hospitals across the country, the NCOC said, adding that overall 1,191,425 people have regained their health from the covid-19.

The breakdown of the cases and deaths is given below.

  • Punjab: 278 new cases, 8 deaths
  • Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa: 146 new cases, seven deaths
  • Balochistan: 9 new cases,
  • Islamabad: 40 cases, 3 deaths
  • Gilgit-Baltistan: 6 cases
  • AJK: 6 cases, 1 death

Airlines in Asia ramp up flights, offers as corona travel curbs ease

After suffering major losses during the covid-19 pandemic in the past two years, the Asia-Pacific airlines are gearing up for more flights with special ticket offers to their customers, after the restrictions are being eased around the world.

Asian travel agencies and carriers told Reuters they’re seeing a “surge in bookings and travel enquiries as countries like Malaysia and Vietnam allow domestic flights to resume from this week after months of strict lockdowns”.

While airline industry group IATA does not expect a significant improvement in Asia-Pacific international travel until “later in 2022” — predicting cumulative losses of $11.2 billion this year, narrowing to $2.4bn next year — carriers from AirAsia Group to VietJet Aviation , Singapore Airlines, Fiji Airways and Qantas are already increasing capacity.

Global case load

Globally, the tally of the coronavirus cases has climbed to 238.7 million on Wednesday, while the death toll edged above 4.86 million, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University.

The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 44.6 million cases and 716,479 deaths. India is second by cases after the U.S. at 34 million and has suffered 451,189 deaths.

Meanwhile, Brazil has the second highest death toll at 601,398 and 21.6 million cases. In Europe, Russia has most fatalities at 215,438, followed by the U.K. at 138,351.

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