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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

  • Covid-19 emerges in China's Wuhan in Dec 19, declared a pandemic on March 11, 2020
  • Over 155.2 million infected globally; more than 3.2 million dead, over 91.6 million recovered
  • 845,833 cases reported in Pakistan; 18,537 dead, 743,124 recovered

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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
May 06, 2021
11:14 PM

Export industries and their suppliers to remain open from May 10 to 12: PM's aide

10:41 PM

All businesses in Sindh to remain open with SOPs on May 7 and 8: Nasir Shah

10:20 PM

WATCH: KP govt introduces mobile vaccination units

9:45 PM

Russia approves one-dose 'Sputnik Light' Covid jab

9:15 PM

Patents not 'limiting factor' for vaccine production: BioNTech

8:45 PM

Sindh reports 966 new Covid-19 cases, 7 deaths

8:15 PM

Saudi Arabia reports more than 1,000 new cases, 14 deaths

7:45 PM

All businesses, including grocery shops, to remain closed after 6pm in Sindh: CM

7:15 PM

Poland detects first cases of Brazilian coronavirus variant

6:45 PM

Putin supports Russia waiving patents on its Covid jabs

May 06, 2021 10:41pm

All businesses in Sindh to remain open with SOPs on May 7 and 8: Nasir Shah

All businesses in Sindh will remain open on Friday and Saturday, May 7 and 8, from 6am to 6pm while adhering to the coronavirus SOPs, provincial Information Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah has said.

He said in a statement that the businesses will be closed from Sunday, for which a notification will be issued.

"It is hoped that the public and the business community will follow the SOPs," Shah added.

May 06, 2021 09:45pm

Russia approves one-dose 'Sputnik Light' Covid jab

Health officials in Russia have approved a single-dose version of the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, the developers of the shot said.

The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which helped finance the vaccine, said in a statement that Sputnik Light “demonstrated 79.4 per cent efficacy” compared to 91.6pc for the two-shot Sputnik V.

The results, it said, were drawn from “data taken from 28 days after the injection was administered as part of Russia's mass vaccination programme between 5 December 2020 and 15 April 2021”.

The Russian vaccine has been approved for use in over 60 countries, according to AFP.

May 06, 2021 09:15pm

Patents not 'limiting factor' for vaccine production: BioNTech

German firm BioNTech has said that patent protection for Covid-19 vaccines is not holding back production or supply of the jabs that it developed with Pfizer.

“Patents are not the limiting factor for the production or supply of our vaccine. They would not increase the global production and supply of vaccine doses in the short and middle term,” it told AFP in a statement, in a tacit rejection of a call from the United States to waive patent protections for Covid vaccines.

Rather it was issues ranging from the set up of manufacturing sites to the sourcing of raw materials to the availability of qualified personnel that were holding up the process.

“If any of these requirements is not met, the quality, safety and efficacy of the vaccine cannot be ensured by the manufacturer nor the innovator. This could put the health of the vaccinees at risk,” warned the company.

May 06, 2021 08:45pm

Sindh reports 966 new Covid-19 cases, 7 deaths

Sindh has reported 966 new coronavirus cases and seven additional fatalities in the last 24 hours, Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah's office said in a statement.

The province's caseload has risen to 289,646, while the death toll has reached 4,698.

Moreover, 805 people recovered from Covid-19 in the last 24 hours in Sindh, where 13,821 tests were conducted.

May 06, 2021 07:45pm

All businesses, including grocery shops, to remain closed after 6pm in Sindh: CM

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has said that all businesses, including grocery shops, will remain closed in the province after 6pm as a precautionary measure to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Restaurants would also not be allowed to offer takeaway after iftar, Shah said in a statement, adding however, that they would be allowed to offer home delivery services.

“We will further tighten enforcement of SOPs after Sunday and close Hawksbay, Sea View and such other recreational facilities for visitors,” he said.

“People do not understand the situation,” the chief minister lamented.

May 06, 2021 07:15pm

Poland detects first cases of Brazilian coronavirus variant

Poland has detected its first three cases of the Brazilian variant of the coronavirus, the health minister said, as the European nation starts to emerge from a third wave of the pandemic.

Poland tightened quarantine rules in May for people travelling from Brazil, India and South Africa after cases of an Indian variant of the virus were detected in the Warsaw and Katowice areas.

The three cases of the Brazilian variant were detected in Poland's southern Silesia region, Health Minister Adam Niedzielski said, according to Reuters.

Poland has so far reported 2,818,378 coronavirus cases and 68,993 deaths.

May 06, 2021 06:45pm

Putin supports Russia waiving patents on its Covid jabs

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he supported the idea of a waiver on patent protections for coronavirus vaccines and urged his government to consider lifting them for Russia's jabs.

“We are hearing from Europe an idea that, in my opinion, deserves attention — namely, to remove patent protections from vaccines against Covid-19 altogether,” Putin said during a televised meeting, adding that “Russia would, of course, support such an approach.”