Pakistan has reported a total of 234 fresh infections due to coronavirus in the last 24 hours, while the positivity rate was recorded at 0.68 per cent. Around 33,862 tests were conducted, and the active case count has now reached 23,090.

Meanwhile, 11 more people lost their lives to the virus during the said time period, taking the nationwide death toll to 28,595, as per latest figures shared by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC).

A total of 1,119 patients are in critical care in various hospitals across the county.

The countrywide breakdown during the last 24 hours is as follows:

  • Punjab: 89 cases, 5 deaths
  • Sindh: 29 cases, 1 death
  • Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa: 74 cases, 4 deaths
  • Balochistan: 8 cases
  • Islamabad: 26 cases, 1 death
  • Gilgit-Baltistan: 0 cases and deaths
  • Azad Jammu and Kashmir: 5 cases

Astrazeneca to take profit from covid vaccine sales

British pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca has announced that it has begun to sell its covid-19 vaccine at a profit as the company posted a third quarter loss on higher costs.

AstraZeneca said that it expects “to progressively transition… to modest profitability as new orders are received” in the current fourth quarter and beyond.

AstraZeneca posted a net loss of $1.65 billion (1.44 billion euros) for the third quarter compared with a profit after tax of around $650 million in the July-September period last year, a statement said.

AstraZeneca said it experienced higher costs in the current third quarter following its $39-billion takeover of US biotech company Alexion, as well as increased research and development expenses across multiple programmes, including its Covid treatments.


Global case load

Globally, the covid-19 caseload has crossed 252.4 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 5.08 million and vaccinations soared to over 7.41 billion, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

As per latest figures shared by the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE), the current global caseload, death toll and the total number number of vaccine doses administered stood at 252,445,139, 5,087,398 and 7,412,265,893, respectively.

The US continues to be the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 46,976,314 and 761,715, according to the CSSE.

In terms of infections, India follows in the second place with 34,414,186 cases and Brazil third with 21,939,196 infections.

The other worst countries with over 3 million cases are the UK (9,534,544), Russia (8,843,238), Turkey (8,365,929), France (7,362,807), Iran (6,027,269), Argentina (5,302,445), Spain (5,042,803), Colombia (5,024,263), Italy (4,835,435), Germany (4,974,433), Indonesia (4,249,758), Mexico (3,834,815), Ukraine (3,328,934) and Poland (3,175,769), the CSSE figures showed.

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