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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

  • Covid-19 emerges in China's Wuhan in Dec 19, declared a pandemic on March 11, 2020
  • Over 330.5 million infected globally; more than 5.5 million dead
  • 1,333,521 cases reported in Pakistan; 29,029 dead, 1,264,611 recovered

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Thailand to lower Covid-19 alert, ease curbs as infections slow

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Romania sees biggest daily jump in Covid-19 cases in three months

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Chinese media says foreign parcels suspected in new infections

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Czech Republic sees biggest daily jump in cases since Dec 1

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Hong Kong police arrest two ex-flight attendants over Covid-19 rule breach

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Pakistan's new cases surpass 5,000-mark, highest since August

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Pakistan reports 1,125 recoveries from coronavirus

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Australia suffers deadliest day of pandemic as Omicron drives up hospital cases

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China orders overseas mail disinfection over Omicron fears

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Do what you can to avoid infection, urges WHO

Jan 18, 2022 03:20pm

Thailand to lower Covid-19 alert, ease curbs as infections slow

Thailand will lower its Covid-19 alert level and is considering easing more restrictions to boost its economy, its health minister said, in response to a slower infection rate.

Among measures being considered are establishing more “sandbox” areas for tourists, who can skip quarantine if they stay in specified areas for seven days and undergo two Covid-19 tests.

Nightclubs, pubs and bars will remained closed for now, however, Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul told reporters, adding the Covid-19 alert level will be lowered to 3, from 4, on the government's 5-level system.

New Sandbox areas could include Chiang Mai, Chonburi, Khon Kaen and Samut Prakan provinces, he said.

In this photo taken on January 16, people eat at roadside food stalls in the Chinatown area of Bangkok. — AFP
In this photo taken on January 16, people eat at roadside food stalls in the Chinatown area of Bangkok. — AFP

Jan 18, 2022 02:54pm

Romania sees biggest daily jump in Covid-19 cases in three months

Romania has reported 16,760 new cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, more than double on the day and the biggest single-day rise since October, as the Omicron coronavirus variant takes hold, Reuters reports.

Romania is the European Union's second-least vaccinated state, with just under 41 per cent of the population fully inoculated amid distrust of state institutions and poor vaccine education.

The number of new infections was approaching a record high of 18,863 daily cases seen in October, official data showed, but hospitalisations were still relatively low. Sixty-five people died of the virus within the last 24 hours.

Jan 18, 2022 12:13pm

Czech Republic sees biggest daily jump in cases since Dec 1

The Czech Republic has reported more than 20,000 new cases of Covid-19, the biggest single-day rise since Dec 1, the Health Ministry said.

The Health Ministry recorded 20,270 new coronavirus infections, up from 7,342 a week earlier, Reuters reported.

Hospitalisations, which peaked above 7,000 in early December in the last wave, stood at 1,660 on Monday, up a touch from Sunday.

Jan 18, 2022 10:40am

Pakistan's new cases surpass 5,000-mark, highest since August

Pakistan has detected 5,034 new coronavirus cases, up 16 per cent from yesterday, and marking the highest daily caseload since August 8.

The country had recorded 5,661 infections on that date.

The country's positivity rate has risen to 9.5pc.

The countrywide breakdown is as follows:

  • Sindh: 3,430 cases, 6 deaths
  • Punjab: 980 cases, 1 death
  • Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 108 cases, 3 deaths
  • Balochistan: 24 cases
  • Islamabad: 479 cases
  • Gilgit-Baltistan: 1 case
  • Azad Jammu and Kashmir: 12 cases
Jan 18, 2022 10:30am

Pakistan reports 1,125 recoveries from coronavirus

Pakistan has reported 1,125 additional recoveries from the coronavirus, taking the country's total to 1,264,611, according to the government's database.

Moreover, the number of active cases stands at 39,881, of whom 827 are in critical condition with the addition of 46 in the last 24 hours.

Jan 18, 2022 09:15am

Australia suffers deadliest day of pandemic as Omicron drives up hospital cases

Australia has suffered its deadliest day of the pandemic as a fast-moving Omicron outbreak continued to push up hospitalisation rates to record levels, even as daily infections eased slightly.

A total of 74 deaths were registered by late morning between New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland, Australia's three most populous states, exceeding the previous national high of 57 last Thursday, official data showed.

“Today is a very difficult day for our state,” New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet said during a media briefing, Reuters reported.

Just over 67,000 new infections were reported in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania, down from a national high of 150,000 last Thursday. Other states are due to report later.

Jan 18, 2022 08:15am

China orders overseas mail disinfection over Omicron fears

China's postal service has ordered workers to disinfect international deliveries and urged the public to reduce orders from overseas after authorities claimed mail could be the source of recent coronavirus outbreaks.

China Post published a statement ordering workers to disinfect the outer packaging of all international mail “as soon as possible” and requiring employees handling foreign letters and packages to receive booster vaccine shots.

The postal service also asked the public to reduce purchases and deliveries from “countries and regions with a high overseas epidemic risk” and said domestic mail should be handled in different areas to prevent cross-contamination, according to an AFP report.