COVID-19: Over 1700 new cases and 62 deaths in Pakistan

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

21st Dec, 2020. 09:51 am

Pakistan has confirmed 458,968 cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) after the fresh inclusion of 1,792 infections in the past 24 hours.

According to the statistics of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), the coronavirus pandemic claimed 62 more lives last day bringing the national death tally to 9,392.

Moreover, 1,680 patients recovered from the virus during the last 24 hours and 2,403 patients are in critical condition including 38 new patients.

The total count of active cases stands at 40,491 and the positivity rate recorded up to 5.15 per cent.

A total of 34,772 tests were conducted across the country during this period. Overall 409,085 people recovered from the deadly disease so far while 6,336,113 samples tested thus far.

UK Travel Ban due to COVID-19

On the other hand, the European nations have begun to impose travel bans on the UK after it reported a more-infectious and out of control coronavirus variant.

Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, and Belgium are all halting flights. The measures vary and are initially short-term but the French rules also affect Channel freight. An EU meeting today morning will discuss a more coordinated response. The new variant has spread quickly in London and south-east England.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson introduced a new tier-four level of restrictions for those areas, scrapping a planned relaxation of rules over the Christmas period for millions of people.

Top health officials said that there was no evidence the new variant was more deadly or would react differently to vaccines, but it was proving to be up to 70% more transmissible.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the new strain was out of control. We have got to get it under control, admitting that this was an incredibly difficult end to frankly an awful year.

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