Pakistan registered a dozen more Covid-19 infections with no deaths in the last 24 hours (Tuesday), figures released by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) showed on Wednesday morning, TV channel 24NewsHD reported.
According to NIH data, the country’s death toll remained the same at 30,640, while the number of total infections now rose to 1,576,200 after the addition of the 12 new cases.
During the last 24 hours (Wednesday), 4,056 tests were conducted across Pakistan, while the positivity rate rose to 0.30 percent. The number of patients in critical care is 12.
Statistics on COVID-19, January 25, 2023
Total tests in the last 24 hours: 4,056
Positive cases: 12
Positivity %: 0.30%
Critical care patients: 12
— NIH Pakistan (@NIH_Pakistan) January 25, 2023
North Korea has locked down capital
North Korea ordered a five-day lockdown of the capital due to “respiratory ailments”, a report said on Wednesday, in what appeared to be the first citywide restrictions since Pyongyang declared victory over Covid-19 in August 2022.
Residents of the North Korean capital have been ordered to stay in their homes from Wednesday to Sunday and must undergo multiple temperature checks every day, the Seoul-based website NK News reported, citing a government notice.
The report did not mention Covid-19, but said diseases currently spreading in the capital include the common cold, the report said.
The government order comes a day after NK News, citing sources in Pyongyang, reported that people in North Korea’s largest city appeared to be stockpiling goods in anticipation of a lockdown.
It is unclear whether other districts have imposed similar lockdowns and state media have not reported any new measures.
The Korean peninsula is currently gripped by what forecasters have described as a Siberian cold wave, with temperatures in Pyongyang plunging as low as -22 Celsius (-7.6 Fahrenheit).
North Korea’s neighbor and key trading partner China recently abandoned its zero-Covid policies and has struggled with a wave of infections that have overwhelmed hospitals and crematoriums.
North Korea has maintained a tight blockade since the start of the pandemic, but allows some trade with China.
North Korea acknowledged its first outbreak of Covid-19 in April last year, but declared victory over the virus just three months later, calling it a “miracle”.
Experts, including the World Health Organization, have long questioned Pyongyang’s Covid statistics and claim they have brought the epidemic under control.
North Korea has one of the worst health systems in the world, with poorly equipped hospitals, few intensive care units and no drugs to treat Covid-19, experts say.
She is not believed to have vaccinated any of the population of 25 million, although reports indicate she may have received some vaccines from China.
With inputs from AFP.