The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has claimed 82 more lives in Pakistan during the past 24 hours bringing the national death tally to 9,474.
According to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), the national caseload now stands at 460,672 after 1,704 new infections were reported in a single day.
As many as 1,852 patients have recovered from the virus during the last 24 hours and 2,398 patients are in critical condition. The total count of active cases is 40,261 and the positivity rate is recorded up to 4.9 percent.
On the other hand, COVID-19 infections are witnessing a rampant increase in different countries. There have been at least 76,852,000 reported infections and 1,695,000 reported deaths caused by the new coronavirus so far. Around 55,000,000 people have recovered from the dread virus, 21,415,743 cases are still active.
There in the UK, the new COVID-19 variant has backtracked life. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson held a crisis meeting after France announced a 48-hour blockade on both people and freight — just as companies are racing to shift merchandise before Britain finally quits EU trade structures on January 1.
Moreover, the World Health Organization said that the UK strain has also been detected in small numbers in Australia, Denmark and the Netherlands.