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  • Covid-19 emerges in China's Wuhan in Dec '19, declared a pandemic on March 11
  • Over 112.5 million infected globally; more than 2.4 million dead, over 63.5 million recovered
  • 575,941 cases reported in Pakistan; 12,772 dead, 539,888 recovered

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2:10 PM

Indonesia says to secure Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine for private use

1:45 PM

France, Germany to beef up Covid-19 controls at common border

12:32 PM

South Korea preps coronavirus vaccines after political scuffle over first shots

11:25 AM

All schools will go back to regular 5-day classes from Monday, says Shafqat Mahmood

10:50 AM

Islamabad, AJK and GB collectively report 216 cases, 3 deaths

10:48 AM

583 Covid cases, 39 deaths reported in Punjab

10:46 AM

KP records 208 virus cases, 8 deaths

10:44 AM

Pakistan reports 1,681 Covid recoveries

10:10 AM

Tokyo 2020 organisers warn against big gatherings during torch relay

9:10 AM

New coronavirus variant identified in New York, researchers say

Feb 25, 2021 02:10pm

Indonesia says to secure Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine for private use

Indonesia will receive at least two million doses of a coronavirus vaccine produced by China’s Sinopharm for use in a private vaccination scheme due to run alongside a national inoculation programme according to a minister, Reuters reports.

Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Indonesia’s minister for maritime affairs and investment, said the China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) vaccine would be part of the private scheme.

“What’s fixed is two million [doses]. Three million is our hope [...] we will vaccinate employees in stages,” he told an economic forum.

Feb 25, 2021 01:45pm

France, Germany to beef up Covid-19 controls at common border

France said it would bring in new Covid-19 restrictions for the area around its common border with Germany, as President Emmanuel Macron’s government tries to contain a surge of coronavirus variants in the French region of Moselle, Reuters reports.

Homeworking in the area will also be reinforced, after France and Germany said earlier this week they were trying to find ways to prevent a closure of their common border.

Joint France-German police patrols could be stepped up, ministries said, adding that France’s vaccination programme in the region was also being sped up and testing would be boosted.

Feb 25, 2021 12:32pm

South Korea preps coronavirus vaccines after political scuffle over first shots

South Korean politicians won’t be the first in line when the county kicks off its coronavirus vaccination drive on Friday, despite calls from the opposition party for the president to roll up his sleeve and take a shot to reassure vaccine sceptics, Reuters reports.

Leading political figures spent the week trading rhetorical shots over who should be the first to take a literal jab, but in the end, health authorities said widespread acceptance of vaccines in South Korea means they would stick to plans to vaccinate healthcare workers and other at-risk individuals first.

The first doses of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine were distributed to clinics in preparation for the initial inoculations.

A nurse takes part in the coronavirus disease vaccination mock drill at the Covid-19 vaccination centre in Seoul, South Korea, February 9. — Reuters
A nurse takes part in the coronavirus disease vaccination mock drill at the Covid-19 vaccination centre in Seoul, South Korea, February 9. — Reuters

Feb 25, 2021 11:25am

All schools will go back to regular 5-day classes from Monday, says Shafqat Mahmood

Feb 25, 2021 10:50am

Islamabad, AJK and GB collectively report 216 cases, 3 deaths

Islamabad, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan have collectively reported 216 coronavirus cases and three deaths during the last 24 hours.

Breakdown of deaths and cases recorded:

  • Islamabad: 148 cases
  • AJK: 67 cases, 3 deaths
  • GB: 1
Feb 25, 2021 10:48am

583 Covid cases, 39 deaths reported in Punjab

Punjab has reported 583 coronavirus cases and 39 deaths during the last 24 hours.

The total has risen to 169,474 while the death toll is 5,308.

Feb 25, 2021 11:08am

KP records 208 virus cases, 8 deaths

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has recorded 208 coronavirus cases and eight deaths during the last 24 hours. The total has risen to 71,490 while the death toll is 2,058.

Meanwhile, Balochistan reported six more cases. The provincial tally has risen to 19,010 while the death toll remains 199.

Feb 25, 2021 10:44am

Pakistan reports 1,681 Covid recoveries

Pakistan has reported 1,681 coronavirus 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 539,888 while the recovery rate is 93.7 per cent.

Feb 25, 2021 10:10am

Tokyo 2020 organisers warn against big gatherings during torch relay

The Tokyo Olympic Organising Committee said they could suspend the upcoming torch relay should big gatherings raise coronavirus infection risks, asking spectators to support by clapping, Reuters reported.

The toned-down torch relay, which will begin on March 25 and travel through Japan, will be broadcast live to avoid gatherings on streets, Yukihiko Nunomura, senior executive at Tokyo 2020, told a media briefing.

He said the organisers had put off a decision whether to proceed with the relay in Tochigi prefecture, initially scheduled for late March, because the prefecture has called for unnecessary outdoor activities to be scrapped amid the pandemic.

Feb 25, 2021 09:10am

New coronavirus variant identified in New York, researchers say

A new coronavirus variant that shares some similarities with a more transmissible and intractable variant discovered in South Africa is on the rise in New York City, researchers said.

The new variant, known as B.1.526, was first identified in samples collected in New York in November, and by mid-February represented about 12 per cent of cases, researchers at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, said.

The variant was also described in research published online this week by the California Institute of Technology. Neither study has been reviewed by outside experts, Reuters reported.

The Columbia researchers said an analysis of publicly available databases did not show a high prevalence of coronavirus variants recently identified in South Africa and Brazil in case samples from New York City and surrounding areas.