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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 43.9 million infected globally; more than 1.1 million dead, over 30 million recovered
  • 332,423 cases reported in Pakistan; 6,800 dead, 313,527 recovered
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Oct 30, 2020
10:59 PM

J&J plans to test its Covid-19 vaccine in ages 12-18 soon

9:24 PM

Italy posts daily record of over 31,000 new coronavirus cases

7:37 PM

EU urges quick WHO reform, asks for more transparency in pandemics

7:04 PM

Sindh reports 237 cases, 5 deaths from Covid-19

5:15 PM

Austria's daily Covid infections surge past 5,000 to new record

4:22 PM

Belgian Covid-19 cases climb as government mulls lockdown

3:25 PM

Millions more face virus restrictions in northern England

2:48 PM

WATCH: Coronavirus is not the flu, it's worse

2:18 PM

National Covid lockdown in England not inevitable, UK minister says

1:19 PM

889 recoveries recorded across Pakistan

1:09 PM

Punjab reports 244 new cases, 7 deaths

1:08 PM

AJK reports more than 100 cases for the first time

12:00 PM

11 courts sealed in Islamabad after judges, staff test positive for Covid-19

11:44 AM

Czech Republic reports 13,051 new coronavirus cases for Oct 29

10:18 AM

Amazon sees pandemic boosting holiday sales and investment in delivery

9:01 AM

US breaks daily record for coronavirus cases with over 91,000 new infections

8:03 AM

Brazil's Bolsonaro says fresh Covid lockdown measures are 'crazy

Oct 29, 2020
10:18 PM

Sindh govt issues code of conduct for Eid Miladun Nabi to curb Covid-19

9:15 PM

Roche to make hundreds of millions of Covid-19 rapid tests monthly

8:50 PM

Nature loss means deadlier future pandemics, UN warns

8:30 PM

'Covid has started hitting new highs again,' says Murad as detection rate doubles

8:00 PM

SAPM Dr Faisal warns of lockdown to slow down 2nd wave transmission unless public takes precautions

7:35 PM

Coronavirus cases in the Netherlands remain above 10,000 in past 24 hours

7:15 PM

Spain's Catalonia region closes its borders to contain pandemic

6:54 PM

Sindh reports 473 new cases, highest daily jump since August

3:57 PM

Record US third-quarter growth expected; healing from COVID-19 still a long way

3:45 PM

Poland's total coronavirus cases top 300,000 after new daily record

2:03 PM

England's Covid-19 infections doubling every nine days: study

11:55 AM

Pakistan records 824 recoveries from coronavirus

11:50 AM

Punjab reports 273 Covid-19 cases, 5 deaths

11:45 AM

Islamabad reports more than 100 cases for third straight day

9:26 AM

India passes bleak landmark of 8 million coronavirus infections

9:09 AM

National Covid positivity rate above 3pc after more than 70 days: Asad Umar

8:17 AM

Australia's Covid-19 hotspot state reports one case after four month city lockdown lifted

Oct 28, 2020
10:52 PM

Spain's coronavirus tally rises by nearly 20,000; deaths up 168

9:00 PM

Iran reports record 415 Covid-19 deaths, the second daily record toll in a row

8:35 PM

NCOC announces new restrictions for cities with more than 2pc Covid positivity

7:54 PM

Covid-19 case Ronaldo left out by Juventus for Barcelona game

6:50 PM

Sweden sets new daily Covid-19 case record as infections surge

6:33 PM

Sindh reports 316 new cases, 7 deaths

5:53 PM

'Country still fighting battle against corona': PM Imran urges citizens to be cautious

4:25 PM

Section 144 imposed on wearing of masks in Islamabad; violators could be arrested

3:24 PM

UK vaccine chief says impact of early Covid-19 jabs may be limited

2:39 PM

Indian capital records highest daily virus caseload

1:20 PM

Canada's Trudeau predicts 'tough winter' as deaths top 10,000

12:35 PM

Pakistan records 374 recoveries from Covid-19

12:30 PM

Punjab reports more than 200 infections for second day in a row

12:26 PM

Islamabad, federal territories collectively report 168 cases, 2 fatalities

10:35 AM

Mexico passes 900,000 confirmed coronavirus cases

9:45 AM

Russia applies for WHO emergency use tag for its Covid-19 vaccine

Oct 30, 2020 09:24pm

Italy posts daily record of over 31,000 new coronavirus cases

Italy registered 31,084 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, the health ministry said, its highest daily tally since the start of the health crisis and up from the previous record of 26,831 posted on Thursday.

The ministry also reported 199 Covid-related deaths, compared with 217 the day before.

Oct 30, 2020 07:37pm

EU urges quick WHO reform, asks for more transparency in pandemics

The World Health Organisation (WHO) should be quickly overhauled, get more powers to handle pandemics and expose its member states' shortfalls in health emergencies, European Union officials have said, according to a Reuters report.

The comments were made at a video conference of EU health ministers that endorsed an EU document on the reform of the United Nations agency which for the first time outlines a series of sweeping changes needed to boost WHO's powers and resources.

“The current pandemic challenges us very acutely [...] but it is very important that the (WHO) reform debate is held in parallel,” German Health Minister Jens Spahn told a news conference.

Oct 30, 2020 07:04pm

Sindh reports 237 cases, 5 deaths from Covid-19

237 new cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in Sindh, taking the provincial tally to 145,475, according to Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah.

Five more people lost their lives from the virus, with Sindh's overall death toll rising to 2,625.

A total of 7,521 tests were carried out during the last 24 hours in Sindh, Shah said.

Oct 30, 2020 05:15pm

Austria's daily Covid infections surge past 5,000 to new record

Austria's daily tally of new coronavirus cases has risen by more than 1,000 to a new record of 5,627, Reuters reported quoting data from the interior and health ministries.

Thursday's tally of 4,453 was itself a new record, and Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has said that hospitals will be stretched beyond capacity at around 6,000 daily infections.

The government is due to announce new measures aimed at slowing the spread of the virus on Saturday.

Oct 30, 2020 04:22pm

Belgian Covid-19 cases climb as government mulls lockdown

Belgium, one of the worst affected European countries by the new coronavirus, recorded an average of 15,316 new infections per day in mid-October, Reuters quoted health officials as saying on Friday, hours before the government was due to consider a lockdown.

Home to the headquarters of the European Union and NATO, Belgium has one of the world's highest fatality figures per capita from the virus and now, in the second wave, has one of the highest per capita rates of Covid-19 infections.

“We see no favourable change for the moment,” health ministry spokesman Yves Van Laethem told a news conference.

The 38 per cent increase in confirmed cases for the Oct. 20-26 period compared to the previous week takes the total number of infections since the beginning of the outbreak to 392,258 in the country of 11 million people, according to data from the Sciensano health institute.

Oct 30, 2020 03:25pm

Millions more face virus restrictions in northern England

Millions more people in northern England face stricter coronavirus rules next week, AFP quoted the government as saying on Friday as it perseveres with a localised response to surging case rates.

From Monday, nearly 2.4 million residents in five districts of West Yorkshire, including in the city of Leeds, will be barred from socialising with other households indoors.

Pubs and bars not serving “substantial meals” must close, alongside casinos, betting shops, soft play facilities and adult gaming centres.

The public has also been told to avoid unnecessary travel.

Oct 30, 2020 02:18pm

National Covid lockdown in England not inevitable, UK minister says

A national lockdown in England is not inevitable to contain an increase in Covid-19 cases, British foreign minister Dominic Raab said, adding that a localised approach could work if everyone stuck to the rules for their area.

Britain has recorded over 20,000 new cases a day on average over the last week, and an average of over 200 deaths a day in the same timeframe, according to Reuters.

Raab said he thought the situation was serious, but that he was confident in the government's approach.

Asked whether a national lockdown was now inevitable, Raab said: “No, I don't think that is right, but what we are guided by is the rate of the virus.

"We've seen some evidence since we started putting in place this tiered approach that the rate of increase has slowed,” Raab told BBC TV.

Oct 30, 2020 01:19pm

889 recoveries recorded across Pakistan

About 889 recoveries have been reported across the country over the past 24 hours, government data said.

The total number of recoveries has risen to 313,527, which is 94 per cent of the number of cases.

Oct 30, 2020 01:09pm

Punjab reports 244 new cases, 7 deaths

Punjab has reported 244 new cases of the novel coronavirus and seven deaths, according to government data.

The total number of cases in the province is now 103,831, while the death toll is 2,354.

Oct 30, 2020 01:08pm

AJK reports more than 100 cases for the first time

Islamabad, Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir have collectively reported 266 cases and one death over the past 24 hours, according to the government's Covid-19 portal.

Following is the breakdown of cases and deaths in the territories:

  • Islamabad: 140 cases

  • GB: 18 cases

  • AJK: 108 cases; 1 death

For the first time since March, when the first case was reported in AJK, the region has reported more than 100 cases.

Oct 30, 2020 12:00pm

11 courts sealed in Islamabad after judges, staff test positive for Covid-19

Eleven courts working under the District and Sessions Court have been closed after judges and staff tested positive for Covid-19.

Islamabad Bar Association Secretary Nabil Tahir Mirza told Dawn that there are 70 courts working under the District and Sessions Court, of which 11 have been sealed after 12 judges and staff were diagnosed with the disease.

The sealed courts are three courts of additional and sessions judge, the court of a senior civil judge and seven courts of civil judges, he said.

Read full story here.

Oct 30, 2020 11:44am

Czech Republic reports 13,051 new coronavirus cases for Oct 29

Czech Republic reported 13,051 new coronavirus cases for Oct 29, Reuters cited health ministry data as showing on Friday.

The total number of cases now stands at 310,068 in the country of 10.7 million, while deaths are at 2,862.

Oct 30, 2020 10:18am

Amazon sees pandemic boosting holiday sales and investment in delivery

Amazon.com Inc has forecast a jump in holiday sales — and costs related to Covid-19 — as consumers continued to shop more online during the pandemic.

A company executive added that heightened spending on delivery infrastructure would likely continue over years, and shares fell 2 per cent in after-hours trading.

Since the start of the virus outbreak in the United States eight months ago, consumers have turned increasingly to Amazon for delivery of groceries, home goods and medical supplies, Reuters reported.

Brick-and-mortar shops closed their doors; Amazon by contrast moved to recruit over 400,000 workers and earned $6.3 billion in the just-ended quarter, its second consecutive record profit.

Oct 30, 2020 09:01am

US breaks daily record for coronavirus cases with over 91,000 new infections

The United States broke its single-day record for new coronavirus infections on Thursday, reporting over 91,000 new cases, as hospitalisations also hit new highs in many states, according to a Reuters tally.

The spike in cases comes less a week before the presidential election.

Among the hardest hit by the latest Covid-19 surge are hotly contested states such as Ohio, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin that will play an important role in deciding whether Republican President Donald Trump gets a second term or Democratic challenger Joe Biden becomes president.

The previous one-day record for US cases was 84,169 on October 23. Globally, India holds the record for new cases in a single day at 97,894 infections on September 17.

29th Oct, 10:18 PM

Sindh govt issues code of conduct for Eid Miladun Nabi to curb Covid-19

The Sindh home department has issued a code for safe conduct of Eid Miladun Nabi celebrations in the province in light of the SOPs issued by the National Command and Operation Centre.

According to the code of conduct, the venues for Mehfil-i-Milad and Seerat conferences should be open and ventilated, and social distancing and wearing of masks should be ensured. The entry and exit of participants should be strictly regulated, while the elderly, children and people with comorbidities should be encouraged to attend the events through live streaming.

The SOPs mandate that the number of participants in Rabiul Awwal processions be kept "reasonable" and procession timings should be curtailed.

As per the code, in view of "consistently increasing positivity" in various cities and districts, the district administrations in consultation with health authorities may limit Eid Miladun Nabi celebrations.

29th Oct, 9:15 PM

Roche to make hundreds of millions of Covid-19 rapid tests monthly

Swiss drugmaker Roche plans to boost production of rapid Covid-19 tests to hundreds of millions monthly, including possible saliva tests, Reuters reported, quoting Chief Executive Severin Schwan, who acknowledged that the fierceness of the pandemic's second wave took him by surprise.

“The market is totally sold out,” Schwan said on Thursday on a call with journalists of the rapid antigen tests that governments are increasingly turning to as global Covid-19 cases skyrocket and swamp test centres that until now have relied on more-accurate but slower PCR tests.

29th Oct, 8:50 PM

Nature loss means deadlier future pandemics, UN warns

Future pandemics will happen more often, kill more people and wreak even worse damage to the global economy than Covid-19 without a fundamental shift in how humans treat nature, the United Nations' biodiversity panel has warned.

The UN panel known as IPBES, according to an AFP report, said that there are up to 850,000 viruses which, like the novel coronavirus, exist in animals and may be able to infect people. IPBES added that pandemics represented an “existential threat” to humanity.

Authors of the special report on biodiversity and pandemics said that habitat destruction and insatiable consumption made animal-borne diseases far more likely to make the jump to people in future.

“There is no great mystery about the cause of the Covid-19 pandemic — or any modern pandemic,” said Peter Daszak, president of the Ecohealth Alliance and chair of the IPBES workshop that drafted the report.

The panel said that Covid-19 was the sixth pandemic since the influenza outbreak of 1918 — all of which had been “entirely driven by human activities”.

29th Oct, 8:30 PM

'Covid has started hitting new highs again,' says Murad as detection rate doubles

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has urged citizens to follow Covid-19 SOPs, warning that the virus "has started hitting new highs again" in the province.

He said out of the 11,504 samples tested during the last 24 hours, 473 returned positive, which constituted a 4.1 per cent detection rate. “Our detection rate has started increasing from 2pc to over [4pc] which needs to be contained,” he added.

Shah said infections were increasing in the province because people were not following the health guidelines.

“For God's sake be careful; protect yourself and your families,” he urged residents.

29th Oct, 7:35 PM

Coronavirus cases in the Netherlands remain above 10,000 in past 24 hours

The number of new coronavirus infections in the Netherlands remained above 10,000 over the past hours, near a record high, data released by the National Institute for Public Health (RIVM) shows.

Quoting the RIVM, Reuters reported that the number of confirmed new cases of Covid-19 was 10,264, just below a high of 10,343 on October 26. The number is being closely watched by the Dutch government, which is weighing tighter curbs.

29th Oct, 7:15 PM

Spain's Catalonia region closes its borders to contain pandemic

Catalonia has announced a 15-day ban on entering and exiting its territory, the latest in a series of restrictions taken by Spanish regions to try and contain rampant Covid-19 contagion, Reuters reported.

It announced the new measures as the parliament in Madrid debated a nationwide state of emergency, which the central government wants to last until May to give regions legal backing for taking such restrictive measures.

“The government is aware that citizens are tired after months of effort and sacrifices, of not being able to do what they used to do before, to hug people, our family and friends,” Health Minister Salvador Illa told parliament.

“But it is not the time to relax measures, we have very tough weeks and months ahead of us.”

Catalonia, home to the city of Barcelona, is one of the virus' hotspots and has already some of the toughest measures in place in the country, including a 15-day shutdown of bars and restaurants, which will also be extended.

29th Oct, 6:54 PM

Sindh reports 473 new cases, highest daily jump since August

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah says Covid-19 has "started hitting new highs again", with 473 new infections reported in the province in the last 24 hours, the highest daily increase since the first week of August.

The province's total infections now stand at 145,238. Nine more people also lost their lives due to the virus, with Sindh's overall death toll rising to 2,620.

A total of 11,504 tests were conducted in the province in the last day.

29th Oct, 3:57 PM

Record US third-quarter growth expected; healing from COVID-19 still a long way

The US economy has likely experienced record growth in the third quarter as more than $3 trillion in federal pandemic relief spending fueled historic consumer spending, but the deep scars from the Covid-19 recession could take a year or more to heal, Reuters reported.

With five days remaining to Election Day and trailing in most national opinion polls, President Donald Trump will probably seize on the stunning rebound in GDP as a sign of recovery following the deepest decline in at least 73 years.

No one disputes that the Commerce Department’s report Thursday on gross domestic product - one of the last major economic scorecards before next week’s presidential election - will be one for the history books. Nonetheless, it will do little to mitigate the human tragedy inflicted by the coronavirus pandemic, with tens of millions Americans still unemployed and more than 222,000 dead.

29th Oct, 3:45 PM

Poland's total coronavirus cases top 300,000 after new daily record

Poland reported another daily record of coronavirus infections and deaths with new 20,156 cases and 301 deaths related to Covid-19.

The health ministry said the total number of confirmed coronavirus infections has tripled in less than a month, exceeding 300,000, Reuters reported.

Government officials have warned infections could rise fast due to massive protests sweeping Poland following a Constitutional Court ruling that has introduced a near total ban on abortions.

29th Oct, 2:03 PM

England's Covid-19 infections doubling every nine days: study

The spread of the coronavirus continues to increase across all parts of England with cases doubling every nine days, according to a new study by Imperial College, putting pressure on the government to introduce more drastic lockdown restrictions.

The infection rate is rising in all age groups with the highest spread of the disease in the northwest of England and Yorkshire and the Humber region, Imperial found.

The researchers calculated the reproduction “R” number of Covid-19 infections in England, which measures how many people an infected person will pass the disease to, is at 1.6, indicating the epidemic is growing.

29th Oct, 11:55 AM

Pakistan records 824 recoveries from coronavirus

The government's database on coronavirus shows that 824 more people have recovered, taking the total number of recoveries to 312,638.

According to the database, 624 virus patients are in critical condition.

29th Oct, 11:50 AM

Punjab reports 273 Covid-19 cases, 5 deaths

Punjab has reported 273 new Covid-19 cases and five additional fatalities, taking its provincial tally of cases to 103,587 and total fatalities to 2,347.

According to the government's coronavirus portal, 97,410 people have recovered in the province so far.

29th Oct, 11:45 AM

Islamabad reports more than 100 cases for third straight day

Islamabad has reported 154 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, according to the government's Covid-19 portal. This is the third straight day the capital has recorded more than 100 infections, taking its total to 19,454.

Islamabad has also reported two more deaths, taking the total number of fatalities to 215.

Gilgit Baltistan has reported 11 cases while Azad Jammu and Kashmir confirmed 49, taking their tallies to 4,211 and 3,938, respectively.

AJK also confirmed one more death, taking the total to 88.

29th Oct, 9:26 AM

India passes bleak landmark of 8 million coronavirus infections

India has crossed a grim milestone of 8 million coronavirus cases, with a daily rise of 49,881 infections, health ministry data showed.

The world's second most populous nation also has the second highest tally of infections after the United States, which has recorded 8.8 million, according to Reuters.

Cases in India have dipped sharply from September's peak, but experts warn the current festival season could bring another spike. The death toll has been low relative to infections, with 517 new deaths in the last 24 hours carrying the total to 120,527, the ministry said.

29th Oct, 8:17 AM

Australia's Covid-19 hotspot state reports one case after four month city lockdown lifted

Australia's Covid-19 hotspot state Victoria reported only one new infection, a day after it lifted a four month lockdown in the city of Melbourne.

Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews said that while there were three positive cases of Covid-19 detected in the past 24 hours, two may be old infections.

“This is another good day,” Andrews told reporters in Melbourne, according to Reuters.

Victoria, which accounts for more than 90 per cent of the 905 deaths nationally, did not record any new deaths from the virus in the past 24 hours.

28th Oct, 10:52 PM

Spain's coronavirus tally rises by nearly 20,000; deaths up 168

Spain's coronavirus tally has risen by 19,765 cases, slightly more than recorded yesterday, bringing the total to 1,136,503 infections since the onset of the pandemic, health ministry data showed.

The cumulative death toll increased by 168 to 35,466, the data showed, following Tuesday's steep rise of 267, which was the largest one-day jump of the second wave of the pandemic.

28th Oct, 8:35 PM

NCOC announces new restrictions for cities with more than 2pc Covid positivity

The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has announced new non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) that must be implemented in cities and districts where the Covid-19 positivity rate has exceeded two per cent.

The measures, effective from tomorrow, are:

  • Strict enforcement of "compulsory mask-wearing" rule in confined spaces including indoor venues, public transport, bus and train stations, markets and other crowded spots
  • Implementation of broad-based smart lockdowns in areas identified as hotspots
  • Closure of commercial activities by 10pm
  • Closure of amusement and public parks by 6pm
28th Oct, 7:54 PM

Covid-19 case Ronaldo left out by Juventus for Barcelona game

Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo has been left off Juventus' team for today's Champions League clash against Barcelona in Turin, two weeks after testing positive for the coronavirus.

The 35-year-old, the top scorer in the history of the competition with 130 goals, needed to test negative 24 hours before the game against his great rival Lionel Messi's Spanish team.

The two footballing legends will now all being well meet in the reverse Group G fixture in Barcelona on December 8.

28th Oct, 6:50 PM

Sweden sets new daily Covid-19 case record as infections surge

Sweden, whose light-touch pandemic strategy has gained global attention, registered 1,980 new coronavirus cases on October 27, the highest since the start of the pandemic, Reuters reported, quoting Health Agency statistics.

The country also registered nine new deaths, taking the total to 5,927 deaths. Sweden's death rate per capita is several times higher than Nordic neighbours but lower than some larger European countries, such as Spain and Britain.

The increase compares with a high of 1,870 daily cases recorded on October 23. The Health Agency has said the peak during the spring probably ran far higher but went unrecorded due to a lack of testing at the time.

28th Oct, 6:33 PM

Sindh reports 316 new cases, 7 deaths

Sindh has reported 316 new Covid-19 cases and seven deaths over the past 24 hours, Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah said.

The province has so far reported 144,765 cases while the death toll stands at 2,611. According to the provincial government, 137,656 patients have already recovered.

About 4,498 patients are currently under treatment, the chief minister said, adding that 165 were in critical condition.

28th Oct, 5:53 PM

'Country still fighting battle against corona': PM Imran urges citizens to be cautious

Prime Minister Imran Khan has urged Pakistanis to follow health precautions in the next two months in view of a possible second wave of Covid-19. He said the country was still fighting a "big battle against corona".

"We fear a second wave could come and there are some indications that our cases are rising a little bit," he told a doctors' convention in Lahore.

He said the residents of cities that experience pollution and smog in the winter will have to be extra careful in the coming weeks so healthcare workers don't come under pressure.

28th Oct, 4:25 PM

Section 144 imposed on wearing of masks in Islamabad; violators could be arrested

The Islamabad district magistrate has imposed Section 144 of the CrPC to order the wearing of face masks/covers in public places in the capital. Anyone not wearing a mask in public could be arrested by police.

28th Oct, 3:24 PM

UK vaccine chief says impact of early Covid-19 jabs may be limited

The woman in charge of procuring possible Covid-19 treatments for Britain has said a fully effective vaccine might never be developed, and that any early versions that do get approved might not work at all for some people, Reuters reported.

There is no clinically proven vaccine against the coronavirus, though nearly 200 candidates are in development worldwide, and late-stage trial results are expected for the first of them by the end of 2020.

“However, we do not know that we will ever have a vaccine at all. It is important to guard against complacency and over-optimism”, Kate Bingham, the chair of the UK Vaccines Taskforce, wrote in an article published overnight in The Lancet medical journal.

“The first generation of vaccines is likely to be imperfect, and we should be prepared that they might not prevent infection but rather reduce symptoms and, even then, might not work for everyone or for long.”

28th Oct, 2:39 PM

Indian capital records highest daily virus caseload

India's tally of confirmed coronavirus cases is moving closer to eight million, with 43,893 new cases recorded for the latest 24-hour period

The total reported includes the highest single-day number of cases for the Indian capital of New Delhi at 4,853.

According to AP, the Health Ministry also reported 508 fatalities from Covid-19 across India in the past 24 hours, raising the total for the pandemic to 120,010.

India's caseload is second in the world behind the United States, which has over 8.7 million positive cases.

28th Oct, 1:20 PM

Canada's Trudeau predicts 'tough winter' as deaths top 10,000

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has predicted a “tough winter” in the face of a second wave of Covid-19 infections engulfing much of the country, and called it a horrific national tragedy as deaths topped the 10,000 mark.

Canada’s case numbers have been rising, triggering new restrictions on public gatherings and indoor activities in several provinces. On Tuesday, Canada recorded 2,674 new cases, while there are now 10,001 deaths and a total of 222,887 cases.

“This sucks. It really, really does,” Trudeau told a news conference when asked about the fatigue Canadians feel after living amid the pandemic for more than seven months.

28th Oct, 12:35 PM

Pakistan records 374 recoveries from Covid-19

Pakistan has recorded 374 more recoveries from Covid-19, taking the total number of recoveries to 311,814, according to the government's database for tracking the spread of the coronavirus.

The database shows that 611 virus patients are in critical condition.

28th Oct, 12:30 PM

Punjab reports more than 200 infections for second day in a row

Punjab has reported more than 200 infections for the second day in a row as 232 new cases were recorded in the last 24 hours, according to the government's coronavirus portal. This has taken the provincial caseload to 103,314.

It has also reported six additional fatalities compared to one death a day earlier, taking the total number of fatalities to 2,342.

According to the portal, 97,384 people have recovered in the province so far.

28th Oct, 12:26 PM

Islamabad, federal territories collectively report 168 cases, 2 fatalities

Islamabad, Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir have collectively reported 168 new coronavirus cases and two more deaths.

The breakdown is as follows:

  • Islamabad: 119 cases, 1 death
  • GB: 9 cases, 1 death
  • AJK: 40 cases
28th Oct, 10:35 AM

Mexico passes 900,000 confirmed coronavirus cases

Mexico’s health ministry has reported 5,942 additional cases of the novel coronavirus and 643 more deaths in the country, bringing the official number of cases to 901,268 and the death toll to 89,814.

Health officials have said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases. On Sunday, the ministry said the true death toll from Covid-19 may be around 50,000 higher.

28th Oct, 9:45 AM

Russia applies for WHO emergency use tag for its Covid-19 vaccine

The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) has submitted applications to the World Health Organisation for an Emergency Use Listing and prequalification of its coronavirus vaccine, Sputnik V, Russia’s sovereign wealth fund said.

According to Reuters, Russia was the first country to grant regulatory approval for a novel coronavirus vaccine, and did so before large-scale trials were complete, stirring concerns among scientists and doctors about the safety and efficacy of the shot.

An Emergency Use Listing (EUL) is meant to make a vaccine available globally faster, while a WHO prequalification is a global quality tag that ensures vaccines are safe and effective. The procedures would allow Sputnik V to be included in the list of medical products that meet leading quality, safety and efficacy standards, RDIF CEO Kirill Dmitriev said in a statement.