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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

Key points

  • Covid-19 emerges in China's Wuhan in Dec '19, declared a pandemic on March 11
  • Over 11.3 million infected globally; more than 538,800 dead, over 6.1 million recovered
  • 231,017 cases reported in Pakistan; 4,745 dead, 129,830 recovered
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Jul 05, 2020
11:00 PM

SEE: What are some of the unusual, lingering effects of Covid-19 in patients with mild cases?

10:46 PM

PHOTOS: Droves of citizens flock to pubs to celebrate England's reopening

10:20 PM

British health minister hails responsible behaviour after pubs reopen

9:50 PM

Balochistan reports 48 Covid-19 cases

9:45 PM

South Africa deploys military medics to virus hotspot

9:25 PM

Saudi king orders 3-month free extension of Iqama, re-entry visas of expats

9:00 PM

Kazakhstan imposes 'second wave' of restrictions as coronavirus surges

8:35 PM

Pope hails UN global ceasefire move to fight pandemic

8:19 PM

273 Covid-19 cases, 8 deaths reported in KP

7:50 PM

110 more Covid-19 cases reported in Hyderabad

7:20 PM

FDA official refuses to defend Trump claim that 99pc of virus cases are 'harmless'

6:50 PM

Greece shuts border to Serbians after virus spike

6:25 PM

Florida shatters daily record with over 11,400 new coronavirus cases: CBS

6:05 PM

Fresh Spanish virus outbreak sees 70,000 locked down

5:45 PM

Drunk people can't socially distance, UK police conclude

5:25 PM

Sindh reports 2,222 Covid-19 cases, 25 deaths

5:05 PM

Israel, Palestinians face new restrictions amid virus surge

4:45 PM

Mexico's death toll from Covid-19 tops 30,000

4:38 PM

Ireland to ease foreign travel restrictions from July 20

4:15 PM

Madagascar re-imposes lockdown amid surge in virus cases

4:00 PM

Iran reports new record one-day virus death toll of 163

3:46 PM

Nearly 25,000 new virus cases reported in India in record daily jump

3:30 PM

Britain puts $10 million into study on long-term effects of Covid-19

3:15 PM

Britain nears 500 million sterling supply deal for Sanofi/GSK Covid-19 vaccine: Sunday Times

3:02 PM

Smart lockdown in Dera Ismail Khan has shown good results: Ajmal Wazir

2:37 PM

Mainland China reports eight new coronavirus cases, two in Beijing

2:21 PM

Coronavirus cases rising in Saudi Arabia, UAE after curfews lifted

1:49 PM

Russia's coronavirus cases surpass 680,000

1:30 PM

South Africa’s daily rise surpasses 10,000

1:03 PM

Shehbaz Sharif recovers from coronavirus, tests negative

12:55 PM

Pakistan signs agreement to send 600 medical workers to Kuwait

12:31 PM

UVAS lab detects Sars-CoV-2 genome

12:10 PM

Tokyo confirms 111 new coronavirus cases

11:32 AM

4,736 more people recover from Covid-19 in Pakistan

11:25 AM

Islamabad, federal territories collectively report 200 coronavirus cases, 5 deaths

11:19 AM

Punjab's Covid-19 tally rises to 81,317 with 1,020 more cases

11:01 AM

South Korea reports more than 60 cases for third consecutive day

10:02 AM

VIDEO: Havana residents start to enjoy city again as Cuba eases lockdown measures

9:32 AM

WHO halts hydroxychloroquine, HIV drugs in Covid trials after failure to reduce death

9:00 AM

Paris Louvre museum reopens today after crippling losses

8:32 AM

PM asks NCOC to prevent virus resurgence on Eid

8:02 AM

WATCH: Barcelona's Sagrada Familia opens its doors to health workers and their families

Jul 04, 2020
11:26 PM

KP registers 337 cases, 18 more deaths from Covid-19

11:17 PM

Balochistan reports 49 new cases, one death

10:56 PM

WHO reports record daily increase in global coronavirus cases, up more than 212,000

10:28 PM

British PM's father defends trip to Greece despite Covid-19 advisory

10:07 PM

Doctor dies of Covid-19 in Hyderabad

9:34 PM

WATCH: PM lauds efforts of NCOC team over response to the pandemic

9:13 PM

Jordan slaps wristbands on arrivals to monitor virus quarantine

8:49 PM

European Tour's Indian Open cancelled amid pandemic

Jul 05, 2020 11:00pm

SEE: What are some of the unusual, lingering effects of Covid-19 in patients with mild cases?

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Jul 05, 2020 10:46pm

PHOTOS: Droves of citizens flock to pubs to celebrate England's reopening

People gather in Soho as restrictions are eased following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease in London on July 4. — Reuters
People gather in Soho as restrictions are eased following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease in London on July 4. — Reuters

Police on patrol as people gather in Soho as restrictions are eased following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease in London on July 4. — Reuters
Police on patrol as people gather in Soho as restrictions are eased following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease in London on July 4. — Reuters

People gather in Soho as restrictions are eased following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease in London on July 4. — Reuters
People gather in Soho as restrictions are eased following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease in London on July 4. — Reuters

A general view shows people at a bar in Clapham, after the reopening of commercial activities following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease, in London. — Reuters
A general view shows people at a bar in Clapham, after the reopening of commercial activities following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease, in London. — Reuters

Jul 05, 2020 10:20pm

British health minister hails responsible behaviour after pubs reopen

People in England appear to have broadly behaved themselves as pubs reopened this weekend, Britain’s health minister Matt Hancock said after the latest step towards a return to normality from the coronavirus lockdown, Reuters reported.

“From what I’ve seen, although there’s some pictures to the contrary [...] largely people have acted responsibly,” health minister Matt Hancock told Sky News.

“Overall, I’m pleased with what happened yesterday. It was really good to see people out and about, and largely socially distancing.”

Jul 05, 2020 09:50pm

Balochistan reports 48 Covid-19 cases

Balochistan has reported 48 coronavirus cases during the past 24 hours, taking the provincial total to 10,814, according to the health department's daily situation report.

No new deaths were reported during the past 24 hours; 123 deaths have been reported in the province so far.

Jul 05, 2020 09:45pm

South Africa deploys military medics to virus hotspot

Dozens of military medics were deployed to help combat the coronavirus pandemic in South Africa's third most affected province, where there has been a surge in infections, AFP reported.

The deployment to East Cape province comes a day after South Africa recorded more than 10,800 new Covid-19 cases, its biggest single-day jump during the pandemic, taking the cumulative infections to 187,977.

“The province is not coping. They have personnel and equipment problems,” defence force spokesman Thabo Sello, told AFP.

Jul 05, 2020 09:00pm

Kazakhstan imposes 'second wave' of restrictions as coronavirus surges

Kazakhstan imposed a second round of nationwide restrictions to counter a huge surge in coronavirus cases since the previous lockdown, which has overwhelmed the oil-rich country's healthcare system, AFP reported.

Shopping centres, gyms, swimming pools, hairdressers and beauty salons have all closed down for the next two weeks, a measure that authorities may choose to extend.

The new restrictions are notably less stringent — travel between most cities remains possible and citizens can fly in and out of the country.

A healthcare worker gives a Covid-19 test to a medical staff near Halyk Arena in Almaty on July 5. — AFP
A healthcare worker gives a Covid-19 test to a medical staff near Halyk Arena in Almaty on July 5. — AFP

Jul 05, 2020 08:35pm

Pope hails UN global ceasefire move to fight pandemic

Pope Francis threw his support behind a UN Security Council resolution calling for a halt to conflicts to facilitate the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, AFP reported.

The UN Security Council had unanimously adopted the resolution after more than three months of negotiations calling for “an immediate cessation of hostilities in all situations” on the Security Council's agenda.

“The request for a global and immediate ceasefire, which would allow that peace and security necessary to provide the needed humanitarian assistance is commendable,” the pope said after his weekly Angelus prayer at St Peter's in Rome.

Jul 05, 2020 07:50pm

110 more Covid-19 cases reported in Hyderabad

Another 110 new coronavirus cases were confirmed in Hyderabad, taking the total number of cases to 3,292, according to data compiled by the district health office.

The numbers also showed that 1,656 are active cases, and 1,540 patients are in isolation as per the government's policy. The data also showed that 50 residents have died from the virus so far.

However, the total number of deaths reported in Hyderabad's hospitals since April are 61; this number includes patients that were not residents.

Jul 05, 2020 07:20pm

FDA official refuses to defend Trump claim that 99pc of virus cases are 'harmless'

The commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration declined to defend President Donald Trump's unfounded claim that 99 per cent of coronavirus cases are "totally harmless" and repeatedly refused to say whether Trump's remark is true or false, CNN reported.

"I'm not going to get into who is right and who is wrong," Dr Stephen Hahn, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, told CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union".

Jul 05, 2020 06:50pm

Greece shuts border to Serbians after virus spike

Greece announced the closure of its frontier for Serbian nationals until July 15 because of a coronavirus spike, AFP reported.

Serbia declared a state of emergency on Friday in the capital Belgrade because of the highest rise of coronavirus cases since April.

Greece had made its decision after analysing the epidemiological data, said government spokeswoman Aristotelia Peloni.

Jul 05, 2020 06:05pm

Fresh Spanish virus outbreak sees 70,000 locked down

Spain's northwestern Galicia region ordered the lockdown of 70,000 people amid fears of a fresh coronavirus outbreak, following a larger one in the northeast, according to AFP.

All residents of the town of La Marina, 140 kilometres east of La Coruna, will be unable to leave the vicinity and gatherings of more than ten people will be banned to limit the possibility of contagion.

The move came only a day after regional officials put 200,000 people back in confinement following a “sharp rise” in infections near the northeastern town of Lerida some 150 kilometres west of Catalan regional capital Barcelona.

Jul 05, 2020 05:45pm

Drunk people can't socially distance, UK police conclude

Britain's police said that revellers who packed London's Soho district the night pubs finally reopened made it “crystal clear” that drunk people cannot socially distance, AFP reported.

The head of Britain's police federation said he ended up dealing with “naked men, happy drunks, angry drunks, fights and more angry drunks” while on shift.

“What was crystal clear is that drunk people can't/won't socially distance,” John Apter said, adding that his own police department in the southern city of Southampton “managed to cope”.

“I know other areas have had issues with officers being assaulted."

Jul 05, 2020 06:00pm

Sindh reports 2,222 Covid-19 cases, 25 deaths

Sindh has reported 2,222 coronavirus cases and 25 deaths during the past 24 hours, according to Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah.

In a statement issued by the CM House, he said 10,705 tests were conducted during the last 24 hours. With the new cases, the provincial total has risen to 94,528 while the death toll has risen to 1,526.

Jul 05, 2020 05:05pm

Israel, Palestinians face new restrictions amid virus surge

Israel ordered thousands of people into quarantine after a contentious phone surveillance programme resumed while Palestinians in the West Bank returned to life under lockdown amid a surge in coronavirus cases in both areas, according to AP.

A statement Sunday from Israel's Health Ministry said many messages had been sent to Israelis following the renewed involvement of the Shin Bet domestic security agency. The Israeli daily Haaretz reported that more than 30,000 people were notified they must enter quarantine since Thursday.

Health workers and people in protective suits pray before the body of a Palestinian woman who has died after contracting Covid-19, in Nablus, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on July 5, 2020. — Reuters
Health workers and people in protective suits pray before the body of a Palestinian woman who has died after contracting Covid-19, in Nablus, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on July 5, 2020. — Reuters

After imposing strict measures early on during a first wave of infections, Israel and the Palestinian territories appeared to have contained their outbreaks, with each reporting only a few dozen new cases a day in May. But an easing of restrictions led to a steady uptick in cases over the past month.

"We are at the height of a new corona offensive. This is a very strong outbreak that is growing and spreading in the world and also here," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at a meeting of his Cabinet on Sunday.

Jul 05, 2020 04:38pm

Ireland to ease foreign travel restrictions from July 20

Ireland is to ease quarantine restrictions on people travelling from abroad on July 20, with people from a “green list” of countries with low Covid-19 rates to be exempt from isolating themselves for 14 days, Reuters quoted the transport minister Eamon Ryan as saying.

Former prime minister Leo Varadkar had said in June that the restrictions would be eased from July 9.

“A so-called green list... will be published on July 20,” Ryan said in an interview with Newstalk radio station. “The green list will be operating after that.”

Jul 05, 2020 04:15pm

Madagascar re-imposes lockdown amid surge in virus cases

Madagascar has placed its capital Antananarivo under a fresh lockdown following a new surge in coronavirus infections, two months after the restrictions were eased, AFP quoted the presidency as announcing on Sunday.

“The Analamanga region (under which the capital is situated) is returning to full lockdown,” the presidency said in a statement.

No traffic will be allowed in or out of the region starting Monday until July 20, while a strict curfew will be imposed on street movement by people.

The measures have been taken “because of the spread of the epidemic and the increase of Covid-19 cases,” it added.

Jul 05, 2020 04:00pm

Iran reports new record one-day virus death toll of 163

Iranian health authorities have announced 163 new deaths due to Covid-19, the country's highest official one-day death toll since the outbreak began in February.

According to AFP, the previous record of 162 deaths was announced on Monday in Iran — which has been battling the Middle East's deadliest outbreak.

Jul 05, 2020 03:46pm

Nearly 25,000 new virus cases reported in India in record daily jump

With 24,850 new cases and 613 deaths in the last 24 hours, India saw its biggest surge in Covid-19 cases, Anadolu Agency reported.

The country’s tally of infections rose to 673,165 as the death toll climbed to 19,268, according to Health Ministry data.

India is now only 800 cases behind Russia, the third worst-hit country globally. — Anadolu Agency
India is now only 800 cases behind Russia, the third worst-hit country globally. — Anadolu Agency

This is the ninth consecutive day that cases have risen by over 18,000. India is now only 800 cases behind Russia, the third worst-hit country globally.

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said that 9,789,066 samples have been tested for Covid-19 in the country till Saturday, of these 248,934 were tested yesterday.

Jul 05, 2020 03:30pm

Britain puts $10 million into study on long-term effects of Covid-19

Britain is putting $10.49 million into a new study to examine the long-term effects of Covid-19 on patients, the health ministry said, according to Reuters.

“As we continue our fight against this global pandemic, we are learning more and more about the impact the disease can have, not only on immediate health, but longer-term physical and mental health too,” Health Minister Matt Hancock said.

The health department said 10,000 people would take part in the study, which is being led by the University of Leicester and hospitals in the city.

Jul 05, 2020 03:15pm

Britain nears 500 million sterling supply deal for Sanofi/GSK Covid-19 vaccine: Sunday Times

Britain is close to agreeing a 500 million pound ($624 million) supply deal with Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline for 60 million doses of their potential Covid-19 vaccine, the Sunday Times reported.

The newspaper said that Britain was considering taking an option to buy the vaccine should it work in human trials, which are due to begin in September.

Jul 05, 2020 03:02pm

Smart lockdown in Dera Ismail Khan has shown good results: Ajmal Wazir

Adviser to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister on Information Ajmal Wazir has said that the smart lockdown enforced in Dera Ismail Khan has shown good results according to reports he received.

Ajmal Wazir addressing the media. — DawnNewsTV
Ajmal Wazir addressing the media. — DawnNewsTV

During a media briefing, he said that coronavirus infections in the province were decreasing and urged people to continue following standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued by the government. "We have to follow SOPs. The government will further ease restrictions if SOPs are followed."

Wazir appreciated doctors and medical workers for fighting on the front lines of the pandemic. He also thanked officials of the district administration, police and journalists. "Our brothers in media have also given sacrifices," he said while mentioning Fakhruddin Syed, a senior journalist who passed away from the coronavirus in May.

Jul 05, 2020 02:37pm

Mainland China reports eight new coronavirus cases, two in Beijing

China recorded eight new coronavirus cases for July 4, up from three a day earlier, Reuters quoted the national health authority as saying on Sunday, while city officials in Beijing said nearly all the cases in a recent outbreak in the capital were mild.

Of the new cases, six were imported and two were in Beijing, which has been scrambling to quash an outbreak traced to a massive wholesale market in the city early last month.

In Beijing, 47 per cent of the 334 confirmed cases since June 11 were staff at the Xinfadi market, Pang Xinghuo, a senior Beijing disease control official, told a media briefing on Sunday.

Of all the cases in the city since then, 98pc were “mild and normal,” she said.

Xu Hejian, spokesman of the capital city told the briefing that the new coronavirus situation in Beijing was “stabilising” and “controllable”, but transmission risks remain.

Jul 05, 2020 02:21pm

Coronavirus cases rising in Saudi Arabia, UAE after curfews lifted

Saudi Arabia’s coronavirus infections have passed 200,000 and neighbouring United Arab Emirates 50,000, with the number of new cases climbing after the Arab world’s two largest economies fully lifted curfews last month.

According to Reuters, restrictions had been in place in both countries since mid-March and their gradual lifting has allowed commercial businesses and public venues to reopen.

A man wearing a protective face mask walks through the deserted Barajeel Souq, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease, in old Dubai, United Arab Emirates in March. — Reuters
A man wearing a protective face mask walks through the deserted Barajeel Souq, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease, in old Dubai, United Arab Emirates in March. — Reuters

Saudi Arabia, which has the highest count among the six Gulf states, reported more than 4,100 cases on Friday and on Saturday to take its total to 205,929, with 1,858 deaths. The daily tally first rose above 4,000 in mid-June, but had dipped.

The United Arab Emirates, where daily infection rates recently dropped to between 300 and 400 from a peak of some 900 in late May, registered more than 600 cases on Friday and over 700 on Saturday, taking its toll to 50,857, with 321 deaths.

Jul 05, 2020 01:49pm

Russia's coronavirus cases surpass 680,000

Russia has reported 6,736 new cases of the novel coronavirus, raising the nationwide tally to 681,251.

According to Reuters, the authorities said that 134 people had died in the last 24 hours, bringing the official death toll to 10,161.

Jul 05, 2020 01:30pm

South Africa’s daily rise surpasses 10,000

For the first time, South Africa has reported more than 10,000 new confirmed coronavirus cases in a single day.

According to AP, this brings the country’s total confirmed cases to more than 187,977, by far the most of any country in Africa.

South Africa also has surpassed 3,000 deaths in this outbreak.

Cases continue to rise in Gauteng province, home of Johannesburg and the capital, Pretoria, which now has close to one-third of the country’s infections.

Jul 05, 2020 01:03pm

Shehbaz Sharif recovers from coronavirus, tests negative

Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly and PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif has recovered from the coronavirus.

The party's spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb said that the result of Shehbaz's latest test had come back negative. "By the grace of God and the nation's prayers, Shehbaz Sharif has tested negative," she said in a statement.

The PML-N president had tested positive on June 11 and had isolated himself at home.

Jul 05, 2020 01:34pm

Pakistan signs agreement to send 600 medical workers to Kuwait

Pakistan has signed an agreement to send 600 medical workers to Kuwait on its request, ArabNews reported.

"100 doctors, 500 nurses and paramedics as of now," Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis Zulfiqar Bukhari was quoted as saying by ArabNews. It added that Pakistan had agreed in May to send hundreds of medical workers to Kuwait amid rising coronavirus cases and deaths in the country.

Jul 05, 2020 12:31pm

UVAS lab detects Sars-CoV-2 genome

The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Biosafety Level-3 Laboratory for Emerging Pathogens has detected Sars-CoV-2 genome from the urine and fecal samples of the Covid patients and sewage in a bid to develop a smart surveillance strategy at the community level for better execution of smart lockdowns.

This pilot study was conducted with the cooperation of the provincial healthcare department, in collaboration with Institute of Public Health Lahore, to further strengthen the efforts of the government in the fight Covid-19.

The smart surveillance of sewage water for the genome of etiological agents of Covid-19 may reveal the actual burden of a locality where under-reporting and address fraud is expected. It will also aid in better execution of smart lockdowns.

Sars-CoV-2 genome in sewage only indicates Covid-19 burden in a particular area. However, it does not reveal if the virus is in infectious or non-infectious form.

Read more here.

Jul 05, 2020 12:10pm

Tokyo confirms 111 new coronavirus cases

Tokyo has confirmed 111 new coronavirus infections, the fourth straight day that the tally of fresh cases has exceeded 100, public broadcaster NHK said.

Tokyo reported 131 new cases the previous day, prompting Governor Yuriko Koike, who is widely expected to win Sunday’s gubernatorial election, to urge residents to avoid non-urgent trips out of the capital and embrace working from home.

Jul 05, 2020 11:32am

4,736 more people recover from Covid-19 in Pakistan

The government's Covid-19 portal shows that 4,736 more people have recovered from coronavirus in Pakistan during the last 24 hours.

This has taken the total number of recoveries to 129,830.

Jul 05, 2020 11:25am

Islamabad, federal territories collectively report 200 coronavirus cases, 5 deaths

Islamabad, Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir have collectively reported 200 new coronavirus cases and five more deaths.

The breakdown is as follows:

  • Islamabad: 117 cases, 4 deaths
  • GB: 9 cases
  • AJK: 74 cases, 1 death
Jul 05, 2020 11:19am

Punjab's Covid-19 tally rises to 81,317 with 1,020 more cases

Punjab's Covid-19 tally has risen to 81,317 after 1,020 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours, according to the government's database on coronavirus.

The province has also reported 27 additional fatalities, taking the total number of deaths to 1,817.

Jul 05, 2020 11:01am

South Korea reports more than 60 cases for third consecutive day

South Korea has recorded 60-plus Covid-19 cases for a third consecutive day, a continuation of a virus spread beyond the greater Seoul area.

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it has confirmed 61 additional cases, bringing the national total to 13,091. It says the death toll remained at 283.

The agency says 43 of the newly reported cases were locally infected patients. All but two of those cases were either from the Seoul metropolitan area or two central cities, Gwangju and Daejeon. The remaining 18 cases were linked to international arrivals.

According to AP, South Korea has been grappling with an uptick in new infections since it eased social distancing rules in early May. South Korea recorded 63 new cases on both Saturday and Friday.

Jul 05, 2020 09:32am

WHO halts hydroxychloroquine, HIV drugs in Covid trials after failure to reduce death

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that it was discontinuing its trials of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and combination HIV drug lopinavir/ritonavir in hospitalised patients with Covid-19 after they failed to reduce mortality.

“These interim trial results show that hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir produce little or no reduction in the mortality of hospitalised Covid-19 patients when compared to standard of care. Solidarity trial investigators will interrupt the trials with immediate effect,” the WHO said in a statement, referring to large multicountry trials that the agency is leading.

The UN agency said the decision, taken on the recommendation of the trial’s international steering committee, does not affect other studies where those drugs are used for non-hospitalised patients or as a prophylaxis.

Jul 05, 2020 09:00am

Paris Louvre museum reopens today after crippling losses

The Louvre in Paris, the world’s most visited museum and home to the Mona Lisa, reopens today but with coronavirus restrictions in place and parts of the complex closed to visitors.

The Louvre has been closed since March 13 and this has already led “to losses of over 40 million euros,” its director Jean-Luc Martinez said.

Among more than 10 million visitors in 2018, almost three-quarters were tourists. “We have lost 80 per cent of our public. Seventy-five per cent of our visitors were foreigners,” Martinez said.

Visitors will have to wear masks, there will be no snacks or cloakrooms available and the public will have to follow a guided path through the museum. — AFP/File
Visitors will have to wear masks, there will be no snacks or cloakrooms available and the public will have to follow a guided path through the museum. — AFP/File

Read more here.

Jul 05, 2020 08:32am

PM asks NCOC to prevent virus resurgence on Eid

Prime Minister Imran Khan visited the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on the 100th day of its establishment, lauded its role in containing the spread of the novel coronavirus and directed it to take steps to prevent resurgence of the disease during Eidul Azha.

Noting that the government had managed to slow down the spread of the virus, PM Khan directed the officials concerned to ensure strict implementation of the standard operating procedures, undertake all required administrative actions for smart lockdowns and the awareness campaign to prevent any resurgence of disease during the upcoming Eid.

From daily monitoring of the situation to the capacity enhancement of health system and from establishing a credible database to better resource management and formulation of appropriate SOPs, the NCOC led from the front in the fight against pandemic, the prime minister said.

He also appreciated the resilience and adaptability of the nation to adjust to the new normal by following SOPs and face the challenge as one nation.

Read more here.

4th Jul, 11:26 PM

KP registers 337 cases, 18 more deaths from Covid-19

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's tally of coronavirus cases has risen to 27,843 with 337 new cases reported today, according to the KP health department.

Eighteen more people died from the disease in the province — six in Peshawar, four in Lower Dir, three in Abbottabad, three in Swabi and one each in Mardan and Swat. KP's death toll now stands at 1,020.

4th Jul, 11:17 PM

Balochistan reports 49 new cases, one death

49 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Balochistan, taking the provincial tally to 10,766, according to the Balochistan health directorate.

The province also registered one more death, with its death toll from the virus so far rising to 123.

4th Jul, 10:56 PM

WHO reports record daily increase in global coronavirus cases, up more than 212,000

The World Health Organisation has reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases, with the total rising by 212,326 in 24 hours.

The biggest increases were from the United States, Brazil and India, according to a daily report.

The previous WHO record for new cases was 189,077 on June 28. Deaths remained steady at about 5,000 a day.

4th Jul, 10:28 PM

British PM's father defends trip to Greece despite Covid-19 advisory

The father of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has defended his decision to fly to Greece even though at that time the government advice was for UK nationals to avoid all but essential international travel.

Greek government officials confirmed on Thursday that Stanley Johnson had arrived, likely via Bulgaria, in the northern region of Pelion, where he has a holiday home. Johnson told reporters he was on a business trip.

“I don't know what the reaction of the British public [has been], I came here to have a quiet time to organise the house,” he said in comments to local reporters carried by Sky News, referring to measures to make the property Covid-19 secure for lettings.

4th Jul, 10:07 PM

Doctor dies of Covid-19 in Hyderabad

A 54-year-old doctor has died of the coronavirus at Hyderabad’s Liaquat University Hospital (LUH), according to the hospital's Covid-19 spokesperson.

He was a resident of Tando Allahyar. With his death, Hyderabad's death toll from the virus so far has risen to 61.

Meanwhile, 111 new cases of the virus were reported in the city during the last 24 hours, according to a spokesperson for the district health office.

4th Jul, 9:13 PM

Jordan slaps wristbands on arrivals to monitor virus quarantine

Jordan has begun putting electronic bracelets on travellers who have recently arrived in the kingdom to ensure that they observe home-quarantine against the spread of the coronavirus, an official said.

People arriving in Jordan must isolate for 14 days at hotels designated by the authorities on the shores of the Dead Sea, west of the capital Amman.

After that period, they must self-isolate for an additional 14 days at home, according to Nizar Obeidat, spokesman for Jordan's virus task force.

4th Jul, 8:49 PM

European Tour's Indian Open cancelled amid pandemic

The Indian Open event on the European Tour has been cancelled because of the threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic.

The tournament was initially postponed from March to an unspecified time later in 2020, but has now been scrapped following consultation with the European Tour and Asian Tour.

The European Tour is due to restart this month with six straight events in Britain.