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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

  • Covid-19 emerges in China's Wuhan in Dec '19, declared a pandemic on March 11
  • Over 112.1 million infected globally; more than 2.4 million dead, over 63.2 million recovered
  • 574,580 cases reported in Pakistan; 12,708 dead, 538,207 recovered

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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
Feb 24, 2021
10:55 PM

Johnson & Johnson's one-shot Covid-19 vaccine effective and safe: FDA staff

9:56 PM

Yemen warns against possible second coronavirus wave

9:20 PM

France v Scotland Six Nations match to go ahead on Sunday despite virus outbreak

8:43 PM

Only 15pc of AstraZeneca vaccine available in Germany has been used

8:06 PM

Economic pain from pandemic upends the lives of restaurant owners, entertainers

7:20 PM

Nepal revises coronavirus death toll

6:20 PM

UAE reports more than 3,000 new cases, 19 deaths

5:50 PM

India to vaccinate citizens over 60 years of age from March 1

5:01 PM

Sindh reports 348 new coronavirus cases, 14 deaths

4:00 PM

Ghana becomes first country in Africa to receive vaccine doses through Covax

Feb 24, 2021 11:00pm

Yemen warns against possible second coronavirus wave

Hospitals should prepare for a possible second wave of Covid-19 and take steps to prevent the disease spreading, according to health authorities in the government-controlled part of Yemen.

Thirty-four new cases were reported by the supreme national emergency committee for the internationally recognised government — the highest daily number since July.

The health ministry has called for preventive measures by hospitals and medical centres such as isolating suspected cases, reporting confirmed cases, launching epidemiological investigations and evaluating isolation centres, laboratories and PCR test centres, the supreme committee said on Twitter.

Feb 24, 2021 08:43pm

Only 15pc of AstraZeneca vaccine available in Germany has been used

Germany has administered only 15 per cent of the AstraZeneca coronavirus shots it has available, according to the health ministry, as the vaccine faces public resistance after trials showed it to be less effective than other alternatives.

The ministry said the vaccine would be offered to people that are in other priority groups after saying earlier this week that state workers such as teachers and police would get priority access.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman has urged people to trust the vaccine which was developed at Britain’s Oxford University, saying it was safe and effective.

Feb 24, 2021 07:20pm

Nepal revises coronavirus death toll

Nepal has added 619 deaths — an almost 30 per cent rise — to its coronavirus toll, blaming a numbers discrepancy between different government branches.

The toll jumped to 2,684 dead after the health ministry added 618 fatalities from last year and one new death in its daily report.

Ministry spokesman Jageshwor Gautam told AFP the extra dead had all been Covid-19 patients who died outside hospitals before mid-December last year.

“Home deaths had not been properly accounted for in the ministry's data, but the army was disposing of the bodies,” Gautam said.

Feb 24, 2021 05:50pm

India to vaccinate citizens over 60 years of age from March 1

India plans to expand its vast but faltering coronavirus vaccination programme from March 1 by offering jabs to the over 60s, AFP quoted the government as saying on Wednesday.

The country began vaccinating its 1.3 billion population last month and plans to inoculate 300 million people by July, but so far the rollout has been limited to healthcare workers and other frontline staff.

However, from Monday people over 60 and those over 45 with multiple medical conditions can be vaccinated for free at 10,000 government hospitals and nearly 20,000 private clinics for a charge.

“Those who want to get vaccinations from private hospitals will have to pay. The amount to be paid will be decided and declared by the health ministry within the next three to four days,” Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said after a cabinet meeting.

The vaccination programme, one of the world's largest, has so far seen 12.2 million shots administered, according to the health ministry.

But at the current pace it will take several years to inoculate 300 million people.

Feb 24, 2021 05:01pm

Sindh reports 348 new coronavirus cases, 14 deaths

Sindh has reported 348 new coronavirus cases, taking the provincial total to 257,088, according to an update shared by Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah's office.

The province also recorded 14 deaths in the last 24 hours, with its Covid-19 death toll rising to 4,315.

According to the statement, a total of 10,918 tests were conducted during the last 24 hours.