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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

  • Covid-19 emerges in China's Wuhan in Dec 19, declared a pandemic on March 11, 2020
  • Over 134.7 million infected globally; more than 3 million dead, over 76.5 million recovered
  • 715,968 cases reported in Pakistan; 15,329 dead, 627,561 recovered

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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
Apr 10, 2021
10:35 PM

French Covid-19 intensive care cases and deaths keep rising

9:34 PM

Libya launches Covid-19 vaccination drive after delays

8:26 PM

South Asia surpasses grim milestone of 15m Covid-19 cases: Reuters tally

7:00 PM

Sindh reports 466 new Covid cases, 6 deaths

6:05 PM

China's Covid-19 vaccine output to hit 3 billion by year-end: official

5:00 PM

Iran orders 10-day shutdown amid fourth wave of coronavirus pandemic

4:07 PM

Existing restrictions to be extended till April 13: NCOC

3:00 PM

Italy's Covid slump to end in late 2022: business lobby

2:30 PM

Cambodian PM threatens quarantine-breakers with jail

1:43 PM

Calls to tackle vaccine hesitancy as African Union drops AstraZeneca

Apr 10, 2021 10:35pm

French Covid-19 intensive care cases and deaths keep rising

France has reported a further increase in the number of Covid-19 patients in intensive care while the country’s death toll from the epidemic also keeps rising.

Reuters reports that there are 5,769 Covid-19 patients in intensive care, compared with 5,757 a day ago.

Over the past 24 hours, 227 people died of the virus in hospitals, taking the number of people who have died of coronavirus in hospitals to 72,450.

Apr 10, 2021 09:34pm

Libya launches Covid-19 vaccination drive after delays

Libya’s new unity government launched a long-delayed Covid-19 vaccination programme after receiving some 160,000 vaccine doses over the past week, with the prime minister receiving his jab on live television, Reuters reports.

Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibeh called it a “blessed day” in the fight against Covid-19 after receiving his shot, without saying which vaccine he had been given. At least 100,000 of the doses that arrived this week were Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine.

Workers unload a shipment of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine in Tripoli, Libya, April 4. — Reuters
Workers unload a shipment of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine in Tripoli, Libya, April 4. — Reuters

Apr 10, 2021 08:26pm

South Asia surpasses grim milestone of 15m Covid-19 cases: Reuters tally

Coronavirus infections in the South Asia sub-region have surpassed the grim milestone of 15 million, a Reuters tally shows, led by India’s record daily infections and vaccine shortages.

South Asia — India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives, and Sri Lanka — accounts for 11 per cent of global cases and almost six per cent of deaths. India, the country with the third-highest coronavirus total, accounts for over 84pc of South Asia’s cases and deaths.

Pakistan, the second-hardest hit in the region, is in its third wave, recording more than 700,000 cases and 15,000 related deaths. It has seen a sharp rise in cases in the past 10 days. Officials say there are now more people in intensive care than at any other point during the pandemic.

Health workers carry the body of a man who died from Covid-19, for burial at a graveyard in New Delhi, India, April 9. — Reuters
Health workers carry the body of a man who died from Covid-19, for burial at a graveyard in New Delhi, India, April 9. — Reuters

Apr 10, 2021 07:00pm

Sindh reports 466 new Covid cases, 6 deaths

Sindh has reported 466 new cases of the coronavirus and six deaths in the last 24 hours, according to an update from Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah.

This has taken the provincial caseload to 268,750 and the death toll to 4,529.

As per the update, 57 more people recovered from the virus in Sindh, where 8,685 tests were conducted.

Apr 10, 2021 06:05pm

China's Covid-19 vaccine output to hit 3 billion by year-end: official

China will likely have produced 3 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines by the end of the year, a National Health Commission official said.

Zheng Zhongwei, who also heads a team coordinating the country’s Covid-19 vaccine development projects, made the comment during an industry event in the city of Chengdu in southwestern China’s Sichuan province.

“In the second half of this year, we are fully capable of meeting our own demand,” Zheng said.

Apr 10, 2021 05:00pm

Iran orders 10-day shutdown amid fourth wave of coronavirus pandemic

Iran imposed a 10-day lockdown across most of the country to curb the spread of a fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic, state media reported.

The lockdown affects 23 of the country’s 31 provinces, health ministry spokesman Alireza Raisi said.

Businesses, schools, theatres and sports facilities have been forced to shut and gatherings are banned during the holy fasting month of Ramadan that begins on Wednesday.

Iran’s coronavirus cases have surpassed 2 million with a new daily average of over 20,000 infections over the past week, according to the health ministry. It has reported more than 64,000 fatalities.

Apr 10, 2021 04:07pm

Existing restrictions to be extended till April 13: NCOC

The government has decided to extend coronavirus restrictions in place till April 13, according to a statement released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC).

The NCOC session, chaired by Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar, concluded that further discussions and decisions on non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) during Ramazan will take place on Monday with a particular focus on the mechanism of their implementation.

The NCOC session also discussed Pakistan's Covid-19 inoculation campaign during Ramazan and said a sufficient quantity of vaccines was scheduled to arrive after mid-April.

Apr 10, 2021 03:00pm

Italy's Covid slump to end in late 2022: business lobby

Italy's economy, the third largest in the eurozone, will only recover from its coronavirus-related slump at the end of next year, the national business lobby Confindustria said.

After a record fall of 8.9 per cent last year — the biggest in Italy's postwar history — gross domestic product (GDP) should expand by 4.1pc this year and by 4.2pc in 2022, the association said.

“The economy should fill the hole created by the pandemic in 2020 at the end of 2022,” Confindustria said in an economic forecast report.

Confindustria's forecasts were more optimistic than the International Monetary Fund's, which last week predicted growth of 4.2pc and 3.6pc in 2021 and 2022.

Apr 10, 2021 02:30pm

Cambodian PM threatens quarantine-breakers with jail

Cambodia's strongman premier Hun Sen threatened quarantine-breakers with jail time and warned civil servants they could lose their jobs if they go unvaccinated, as the country grapples with a growing coronavirus caseload, AFP reported.

In the past two days Cambodia has registered more than 1,000 infections — many among garment workers and market vendors — bringing the country's tally to 4,081 cases and 26 deaths.

Authorities this week banned travel between provinces, imposed a night-time curfew in the capital Phnom Penh and shut down popular tourism sites including the famed Angkor Wat archaeological park. Wearing face masks is now mandatory in Phnom Penh and violators face a fine of up to $250.

But Prime Minister Hun Sen threatened harsher measures, saying anyone who flouts a two-week quarantine period would face a “quick trial” and jail time.

A custome wearing a protective face mask to prevent the spread of the coronavirus buys items at a local market outside Phnom Penh on April 10. — AP
A custome wearing a protective face mask to prevent the spread of the coronavirus buys items at a local market outside Phnom Penh on April 10. — AP

Apr 10, 2021 01:43pm

Calls to tackle vaccine hesitancy as African Union drops AstraZeneca

Wariness about taking AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine in Africa could be compounded by the African Union’s decision to halt plans to procure the shot, health experts said, calling for public awareness programmes to fight misinformation.

The African Union (AU) said its announcement was not related to recent findings by European and British medicine regulators that there are possible links between the vaccine and extremely rare blood clots, but rather a case of diversifying options.

Still, experts said the timing of the announcement could fuel vaccine hesitancy.

Read full Reuters story here.