State media said Thursday that North Korea had confirmed its first-ever case of COVID-19 and declared a "severe national emergency," with leader Kim Jong Un vowing to "eliminate" the virus. Since the start of the epidemic in 2020, the impoverished, nuclear-armed country has maintained a strict coronavirus blockade along its borders. According to the official Korean Central News Agency, samples retrieved from fever-stricken patients in the capital were "consistent with" the virus's highly transmissible Omicron variant.
On Friday, when strong winds began blowing under the influence of the Westerly Disturbance that has entered the country from neighbouring Iran and is currently prevailing in Balochistan and adjoining Sindh, at least five people were killed and several others were injured due to structural damages in the city, officials said. The winds might also bring a cold front to Karachi, where temperatures are expected to plummet into the single digits. Strong winds of 25-30 knots, with gusts up to 35 knots, uprooted old trees in several parts of the city, causing property damage. At least five persons were killed in various accidents involving the fall of walls and roofs.
According to government estimates, more than 1,000 people infected with coronavirus have been moved to critical care across Pakistan as the COVID situation worsens due to the Omicron variant. According to data from the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), the number of patients in critical care has risen to 1,055, up from 961 a day earlier, as the status of 94 patients worsened in the last 24 hours.
Since the pandemic began in 2020, Pakistan has recorded the highest number of daily COVID-19 cases — 7,678 — in the last 24 hours, up from 6,808, the second-highest daily toll, according to official numbers released Friday morning. According to data from the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), the largest daily toll was recorded on June 13, 2020, when the country reported 6,825 coronavirus cases. With the latest illnesses, the total number of infections has surpassed 1.35 million. In the meantime, 59,343 tests were performed in the last 24 hours, with a positivity rate of 12.93 percent.
The COVID-19 positivity rate in Karachi increased to 41% on Thursday morning, according to Sindh health department authorities, as the virus continues to tighten its grip on the metropolis, with more cases reported every other day. According to official data, 3,149 new infections were diagnosed in Karachi in the last 24 hours, based on 7,670 diagnostic tests. The city's positive ratio reached a record high since the pandemic started, due to the recent cases.
According to NCOC, during the last 24 hours most deaths occurred in Sindh and KP. Out of 6 deaths during the last 24 hours 3 died on ventilators. In addition to that, 348 people tested covid positive on 28 Dec. 6 people lost lives due to covid during the last 24 hours. 1,255,396 people have recovered so far.
Two men have been detained for reportedly kidnapping and molesting a female student in Lahore's Muslim Town area, according to Geo News. The victim, a University of Punjab student, was allegedly abducted near a bridge near the university's campus. The event, which occurred a month ago, has been reported to the police, and an investigation has commenced.
According to authorities within the Sindh Health Department, a second case of the Omicron form of coronavirus has been reported from Karachi. According to sources familiar with the situation, the 35-year-old infected man arrived in Karachi from the United Kingdom and tested positive for coronavirus during random testing. According to the source, the Omicron infection was later confirmed in the infected person using genome sequencing.
The UK experienced the greatest number of Covid infections since January on Friday, according to a senior minister, as the government tries to contain the new variant's spread. Michael Gove, the Communities Secretary, said the country is in a "very concerning situation" as the Omicron variant spreads quickly, with case numbers doubling every two to three days in England. On Friday, the United Kingdom reported a total of 58,194 cases.
In the previous 24 hours, new coronavirus has claimed the lives of eight people in Pakistan, bringing the total number of positive cases to 1,286,453. On Saturday, the number of people killed in the country reached 28,761. In the last 24 hours, 431 people tested positive for COVID-19, according to the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC).
Prime Minister Imran Khan was informed on Wednesday that Pakistan has made significant progress against polio, with no cases of Wild Polio Virus (WPV1) identified in the last ten months, down from 84 cases in 2020. In this backdrop, Prime Minister Imran Khan presided over a meeting of the National Task Force for Polio Eradication, which was briefed that Afghanistan is the main source of Wild Polio Virus, which ends up in Pakistan as a result of refugee flow.
The hearing of Noor Muqaddam murder case in Sessions Court Islamabad has been adjourned till 1st Dec. The main accused Zahir Jaffer and all the other accused were brought before the court. Only a few clips of the video have been provided by the police. The Sessions Court asked where the plaintiff's lawyer was. Lawyer Babar Hayat said that he is busy in the Supreme Court. During the hearing, the plaintiff's lawyer Babar Hayat appeared in the court and tried to get the main accused Zahir Jaffer to sign the power of attorney. "I will not sign, I want to have a separate meeting with the lawyer," said Jaffer. The Court ordered the main accused to go back for constantly speaking.
Dengue fever and Covid-19 cases in the federal capital have decreased as a result of the District Health Department's and other stakeholders' efforts. During the last 24 hours, 38 people were diagnosed with Covid-19 and 12 people contracted dengue fever, according to data. On Sunday, the coronavirus positivity rate in the federal capital remained constant at 1.1 percent. Dengue fever patients, on the other hand, have continued to surface in the Rawalpindi area, despite the fact that Covid-19 instances have drastically decreased. According to the data, five Covid-19 patients were found in the district, while 44 persons were infected with dengue fever.
According to an AFP calculation taken from official sources around 2100 GMT on Monday, more than 250 million COVID-19 illnesses have been recorded worldwide since the pandemic began. COVID-19 has caused more than five million fatalities worldwide, yet the vast majority of individuals infected have recovered. Some people, on the other hand, have continued to have symptoms weeks or even months afterwards. The data are based on daily reporting from each country's health authority.
According to the National Command and Operation Centre, Pakistan continues to see a declining trend in COVID-19 infections, with the country reporting 1,021 new cases of the pandemic in the last 24 hours (NCOC). According to the nerve centre of the country's COVID-19 response, 21 more persons died from the viral illness during this time period, bringing the total death toll to 28,173. A total of 43,578 samples were examined, with 1,021 of them testing positive for the virus, bringing the overall number of confirmed cases in the country to 1,260,669. The infection rate increased and was recorded at 2.34 percent, up from 1.62 percent the day before.
As of 11 October, there are 42,263 active COVID cases in Pakistan, with 43,389 tests done on 10 October. So far, 1,188,562 people have been recovered across Pakistan, making it a significant number. The positive cases rate has been updated to 2.31%. There are no patients on the vent in AJK, Balochistan, or GB, and 351 vents are occupied throughout Pakistan. 1,258,959 cases have been identified so far and there were 28,134 fatalities. Plus, 19,911,021 tests have been carried out.
For the fourth day in a row, Pakistan reported less than 2,000 coronavirus diagnoses in a single day on Wednesday morning. The government has recorded 52 fatalities in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths in the country to 27,690. With 2,970 recoveries in the same time, the total number of recoveries currently stands at 1,167,189, according to NCOC data. The current daily positive rate is 3.19 percent. For the previous four days, it seems to be less than 3%.
ISLAMABAD, Oct 21 (APP): Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday held discussions with Attorney General Khalid Javed Khan on various cases pending with the Supreme Court and the High Courts. The discussion included an action plan regarding cases of Federal Board of Revenue in different courts and tribunals. The matters relating to Island Authority Ordinance also came under discussion.
MANILA, Oct 19 (Xinhua/APP): The Philippines' Department of Health on Monday reported 2,638 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number in the country to 359,169. The department said 226 more patients recovered, raising the total number of recoveries to 310,303. The death toll climbed to 6,675 after 26 more patients died from the viral disease. The Philippines is still under varying levels of lockdown.
ISLAMABAD, Oct 18 (APP): Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Gulzar Ahmed has constituted seven benches at the principal seat Islamabad to hear a number of important cases during the next week, starting from Monday. According to case lists, no adjournment on any ground will be granted and no application for adjournment through fax will be placed before the court.
MOSCOW, Oct 12 (Xinhua/APP): Russia registered 13,592 COVID19 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing its national tally to 1,312,310, the country's COVID19 response center said Monday. Russia recorded 125 new deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the COVID-19 cumulative death toll in the country to 22,722. More than 51.1 million tests have been conducted in the country.
ANKARA, Oct 12 (AA/APP): The total number of coronavirus cases crossed 90,000 in Japan, as infections continued to rise in capital Tokyo the worst-hit city in the country. The capital Tokyo, which has the largest number of cases in the country’s 47 provinces, reported 78 new infections on Monday when the last reports came in taking the total to 27,793.
BUENOS AIRES, Oct 12 (AA/APP): Health authorities in several Latin American countries reported more coronavirus infections and fatalities on Sunday. At least 290 more patients died in Brazil over the past 24 hours, raising the death toll in the world’s third worst-hit country to 150,488. The US, India and Brazil account for over half of the reported cases globally.
LAHORE, Oct 11 (APP): Two new confirmed and 683 suspected cases of dengue virus were reported in Punjab during the last 24 hours. Primary & Secondary Healthcare Department said here on Sunday that both confirmed dengue cases were reported from Sargodha. No death was reported due to dengue virus this year owing to effective measures taken by the government.