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  • Covid-19 emerges in China's Wuhan in Dec 19, declared a pandemic on March 11, 2020
  • Over 198.8 million infected globally; more than 4.2 million dead, over 170 million recovered
  • 1,043,277 cases reported in Pakistan; 23,529 dead, 944,375 recovered

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Lambda variant of Covid shows vaccine resistance in lab: report

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GB imposes smart lockdown in several districts

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Sindh health dept converts 12 mobile hospitals into vaccination centres in Karachi

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Former CM Sindh Qaim Ali Shah tests positive for Covid-19

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India's worst-hit Maharashtra eases curbs as infections abate

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Punjab govt reimposes certain restrictions in Lahore, Pindi, Faisalabad and Multan in view of rising cases

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Clean, repeat: At Tokyo Games, virus is Olympians' chief foe

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Sniffer dogs effective at detecting Covid-19 even in asymptomatic cases: study

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Top Japanese medic urges nationwide state of emergency amid Covid surge

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Nigeria receives 4m vaccine doses from US

Aug 03, 2021 06:30pm

GB imposes smart lockdown in several districts

The Gilgit-Baltistan administration has imposed a smart lockdown in four districts of the region over surging cases of Covid-19.

The areas where the lockdown has been imposed are Aliabad and Gherlat in Hunza Valley; Madina Colony and Sika Maidan in Skardu; and Gopas, Bobar, Hathon and Phanda in Ghizer.

It also ordered that vaccination of all residents must be carried out before the lockdown is lifted.

The NCOC had on Monday announced "targeted and staggered" SOPs to curb the coronavirus spread including revision in market timings, two-day closure a week and operation of public transport with 50pc occupancy. The new restrictions were put in place for various cities and regions including Skardu and Gilgit Baltistan.

Aug 03, 2021 05:50pm

Sindh health dept converts 12 mobile hospitals into vaccination centres in Karachi

The Sindh health department has converted 12 mobile hospitals in Karachi into vaccination centres to reach citizens in various areas of the metropolis and help them get vaccinated with ease.

In a statement, the Sindh health department said that of the 12 mobile vaccination centres, two each would be deputed in Districts South, West, East and Kemari, three would be deputed in District Central and one in District Malir.

A view of one of the mobile hospital centres in Karachi. — Photo courtesy Sindh health department
A view of one of the mobile hospital centres in Karachi. — Photo courtesy Sindh health department

Aug 03, 2021 05:02pm

India's worst-hit Maharashtra eases curbs as infections abate

India's industrial hub of Maharashtra state has eased Covid-19 restrictions in most districts including the financial capital of Mumbai, after a steady decline in new cases, Reuters reports.

Shops, malls and parks were allowed to open for longer and offices were allowed to operate at full capacity. However, cinemas, schools and places of worship will remain closed, according to a state government notice late on Monday.

India has reported 30,549 new cases of the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the government said in a statement, the lowest in two weeks, but many health experts are wary about new surges with the vaccination rate still low.

Aug 03, 2021 04:30pm

Punjab govt reimposes certain restrictions in Lahore, Pindi, Faisalabad and Multan in view of rising cases

The Punjab government has reimposed certain restrictions, including the closure of shrines and cinemas, observance of two safe days a week, and a ban on indoor dining in four cities of the province — Lahore, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad and Multan — amid rising coronavirus cases.

The restrictions will be in force from August 3 to 31, according to a notification issued by the Punjab Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department.

Other restrictions include a ban on indoor wedding functions from Aug 8 and a 50 per cent work-from-home policy while public transport will be allowed to operate at 50pc occupancy.

Aug 03, 2021 04:00pm

Clean, repeat: At Tokyo Games, virus is Olympians' chief foe

Holding each other tighter than lovers, the wrestlers smear each other with sweat, spittle and — when they inadvertently cut each other — sometimes blood. Lungs heaving, mouths agape, they huff and puff into each others’ flushed faces. On their glistening bodies, it’s impossible to tell their opponents’ fluids and theirs apart.

Underscoring the health risks of such proximity: They are the only people in the cavernous hall not wearing face masks.

Watching Olympic wrestling in the midst of the pandemic of a deadly airborne disease feels like being part of a virological experiment, a real-life study of droplets, aerosols and fluid dispersion.

A germophobe’s nightmare, it’s a messy spectacle best observed from the stands where volunteers hold signs reading “keep physical distance” for non-existent crowds, barred from the Tokyo Games because of surging coronavirus infections in the Olympic host country where less than one-third of the population is vaccinated.

Read the full AP story here.

In this Aug. 2, 2021 file photo, United States' Tamyra Marianna Stock Mensah, left, and Japan's Sara Dosho compete during the women's 68kg freestyle wrestling match at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Chiba, Japan. — AP/File
In this Aug. 2, 2021 file photo, United States' Tamyra Marianna Stock Mensah, left, and Japan's Sara Dosho compete during the women's 68kg freestyle wrestling match at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Chiba, Japan. — AP/File

Aug 03, 2021 03:05pm

Top Japanese medic urges nationwide state of emergency amid Covid surge

The head of the Japan Medical Association (JMA) has called for a nationwide state of emergency to contain a surge in Covid-19 cases in Olympics host city Tokyo and elsewhere, Kyodo news agency said, as worries grow about a strained healthcare system.

The call by JMA President Toshio Nakagawa followed Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's announcement that only Covid-19 patients who are seriously ill and those at risk of becoming so will be hospitalised, while others isolate at home, a shift in policy some fear could boost the death toll.

Japan has seen a sharp increase in coronavirus cases. Tokyo, which had a record high of 4,058 new infections on Saturday, has reported another 3,709 new cases.

Read more from Reuters here.

Commuters wearing face masks arrive at Shinagawa Station at the start of the working day in Tokyo, Japan, August 2. — Reuters
Commuters wearing face masks arrive at Shinagawa Station at the start of the working day in Tokyo, Japan, August 2. — Reuters

Aug 03, 2021 02:45pm

Nigeria receives 4m vaccine doses from US

Nigeria's health minister has said the country has received four million doses of Moderna's Covid-19 vaccines donated by the United States government, Reuters reports.

Osagie Ehanire said the vaccines, which arrived on Sunday, are undergoing validation by the country's drug regulator. He said the doses will be distributed to the local states once they are certified fit for use.

"Vaccination in Nigeria should soon begin with the arrival ... of Moderna vaccines, thanks to the United States government," Ehanire told a coronavirus briefing in Abuja.

He said Nigeria would receive over 40m doses by the end of the year, without providing details.

Test tubes are seen in front of a displayed Moderna logo. — Reuters/File
Test tubes are seen in front of a displayed Moderna logo. — Reuters/File