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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

  • Covid-19 emerges in China's Wuhan in Dec 19, declared a pandemic on March 11, 2020
  • Over 161.5 million infected globally; more than 3.3 million dead, over 96 million recovered
  • 874,751 cases reported in Pakistan; 19,467 dead, 783,480 recovered

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12:44 PM

Taiwan tightens curbs after surge in domestic Covid-19 cases

11:39 AM

China cancels Everest climbs over fears of virus from Nepal

11:02 AM

Pakistan reports less than 2,000 Covid cases for first time since March

10:16 AM

Islamabad, AJK and GB collectively report 87 Covid cases, 5 deaths

10:13 AM

483 Covid cases, 40 deaths reported in Punjab

10:10 AM

KP reports 211 virus cases, 20 deaths

10:05 AM

Pakistan reports more than 3,000 Covid recoveries

9:16 AM

Pandemic to be 'far more deadly' this year, WHO warns

8:30 AM

First flight lands in Australia as India travel ban ends

7:09 AM

Confusion reigns after US lifts mask guidance

May 15, 2021 12:44pm

Taiwan tightens curbs after surge in domestic Covid-19 cases

Taiwan raised its coronavirus alert level in the capital, Taipei, and the city around it, bringing curbs for a period of two weeks that will shut many venues and restrict gatherings in the wake of 180 new domestic infections.

The new rules will not mean offices, schools or restaurants have to close, but will cause the shutdown of cinemas and other entertainment spots, while limiting family get-togethers to five people indoors and 10 outdoors.

For the first time, masks will have to be worn outdoors. Taipei's government has already ordered bars, nightclubs and similar venues to shut, according to Reuters.

May 15, 2021 11:39am

China cancels Everest climbs over fears of virus from Nepal

China has canceled attempts to climb Mount Everest from its side of the world's highest peak because of fears of importing Covid-19 cases from neighboring Nepal, state media reported.

The closure was confirmed in a notice from Chinas General Administration of Sport, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

The move reflects the abundance of caution China has taken in dealing with the pandemic. While China has mostly curbed domestic transmission of the coronavirus, Nepal is experiencing a surge with record numbers of new infections and deaths.

In this file photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, vehicles and tents are seen at the base camp at the foot of the Chinese side of the peak of Mount Everest. — AP
In this file photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, vehicles and tents are seen at the base camp at the foot of the Chinese side of the peak of Mount Everest. — AP

May 15, 2021 11:02am

Pakistan reports less than 2,000 Covid cases for first time since March

Pakistan reported 1,531 coronavirus cases during the last 24 hours. This is the first time the country has reported less than 2,000 infections since March 9, when 1,786 cases were reported.

According to the NCOC, 30,248 tests were conducted during the last 24 hours while 83 fatalities were reported. The total number of cases has risen to 874,751 and the death toll is 19,467.

The positivity rate is 5.06 per cent.

Breakdown of deaths and cases reported:

  • Sindh: 714 cases, 13 deaths
  • Punjab: 483 cases, 40 deaths
  • Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 211 cases, 20 deaths
  • Islamabad: 58 cases, 3 deaths
  • Balochistan: 36 cases, 5 deaths
  • AJK: 26 cases, 2 deaths
  • GB: 3 cases
May 15, 2021 10:16am

Islamabad, AJK and GB collectively report 87 Covid cases, 5 deaths

Islamabad, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir have collectively reported 87 coronavirus cases and five deaths during the last 24 hours.

Breakdown of deaths and cases reported:

  • Islamabad: 58 cases, 3 deaths
  • AJK: 26 cases, 2 deaths
  • GB: 3 cases
May 15, 2021 10:13am

483 Covid cases, 40 deaths reported in Punjab

Punjab has reported 483 coronavirus cases and 40 deaths during the last 24 hours.

The provincial total has risen to 324,589 and the death toll is 9,322.

May 15, 2021 10:10am

KP reports 211 virus cases, 20 deaths

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has reported 211 coronavirus cases and 20 deaths during the last 24 hours. The total has risen to 126,614 and the death toll is 3,743.

Meanwhile, Balochistan reported 36 cases and five deaths during this period. The total has risen to 23,814 and the death toll is 262.

May 15, 2021 10:05am

Pakistan reports more than 3,000 Covid recoveries

Pakistan has reported 3,042 recoveries during the last 24 hours, according to the government's portal for tracking the spread of the disease in the country.

The total has risen to 783,480 and the recovery rate is 89.6 per cent.

May 15, 2021 09:16am

Pandemic to be 'far more deadly' this year, WHO warns

The World Health Organisation has issued a grim warning that the second year of Covid-19 was set to be “far more deadly”.

“We're on track for the second year of this pandemic to be far more deadly than the first,” said WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

He also urged rich countries to reconsider plans to vaccinate children and instead donate Covid-19 shots to the COVAX scheme that shares them with poorer nations.

May 15, 2021 08:30am

First flight lands in Australia as India travel ban ends

A plane carrying more than 70 Australians fleeing virus-stricken India landed in the country's north, the first since a controversial ban on arrivals ended.

The plane touched down in Darwin after picking up vulnerable passengers from New Delhi, but 72 of its booked passengers were barred from flying after 48 tested positive for Covid-19 and others were deemed close contacts.

Initially planned to carry 150 travellers, just over half of those booked were cleared to board the plane, a Northern Territory Health spokeswoman said.

Under the arrangement, those who test positive for the virus, or were deemed close contacts, have to remain in India until they return a negative test, according to AFP.

May 15, 2021 07:09am

Confusion reigns after US lifts mask guidance

To mask or not to mask? That is the question facing US states, businesses and people in their everyday lives in the wake of the bombshell announcement by the top health authority lifting most restrictions for those fully vaccinated against Covid-19, AFP reports.

US President Joe Biden hailed the change in guidance by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, calling it a “great day” for America. But if the idea sounded straightforward in theory, it has raised questions about how to implement it practically — the foremost being, how do you tell if a person is fully vaccinated?

Then there is the trauma felt by many reluctant to let go of safety measures in the world's hardest-hit country, where more than 580,000 have lost their lives to the virus.