Pakistan has reported a total of 554 fresh infections from coronavirus in the last 24 hours, while the positivity rate was recorded 1.31 per cent. Around 42,126 tests were conducted and the active case count has now reached 25,205.

This is the lowest daily figure the country has reported since October last year. Among the active cases, 1,783 patients are in critical condition across the country.

Meanwhile, 12 more people lost their lives to the virus during the said time period, taking the nationwide death toll to 28, 312, as per latest figures shared by the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC).

During the same period, 977 people recovered from coronavirus, taking the tally for recoveries to 1,212,687. While the total number of confirmed cases since the inception of the virus in Pakistan has now reached 1,266,204.

The countrywide breakdown in the last 24 hours is given below.

  • Punjab: 138 cases, 7 deaths
  • Sindh: 278 cases, 1 death
  • Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa: 88 cases, 4 deaths
  • Balochistan: 5 cases
  • Islamabad: 39 cases
  • Gilgit Baltistan: 0 cases
  • Azad Jammu and Kashmir: 6 cases

738,212 people vaccinated in Pakistan in last 24 hours

A quick look at the national positivity ratio of past week

Gates Foundation invests $120 million for covid-19 pill access

An investment of $120 million has been announced by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in an effort to speed up low-income countries’ access to a new anti-covid drug.

The organization announced that the treatment, a pill called molnupiravir developed by US lab Merck, reduces the risk of hospitalisation by half in covid-19 patients who take it in their first few days of infection. It could be even more effective at preventing deaths from the virus, the statement added.

The money from the Gates Foundation would be used to encourage the production of generic forms of the drug by other companies, especially in India, to which Merck has already granted such licenses, according to an AFP report.

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UK monitoring ‘subvariant’ of coronavirus delta strain

Britain announced on Tuesday that it was monitoring a subvariant of the Delta strain of the coronavirus, which has been seen in a growing number of cases.

The spokesperson of Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the government was keeping a “close eye” on the AY.4.2 variant but said there was no evidence it spreads more easily.

“As you would expect, we are monitoring it closely and won’t hesitate to take action if necessary,” he told reporters.

Global case load

Globally, the caseload due to covid-19 has crossed 241.6 million on Wednesday, while the death toll edged above 4.91 million, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University.

As per the latest figures gathered by the university, the worst-hit country in the world is United States with a total of 45.1 million cases and 728,296 deaths.

India is second by cases after the U.S. at 34.1 million and has suffered 452,651 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 603,855 and 21.7 million cases. In Europe, Russia has 222,3120 deaths, followed by the U.K. at 139,265.


From : pk.mashable.com

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