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Murtaza Wahab rejects rumours of stricter lockdown in Sindh

KARACHI: Sindh government spokesperson Barrister Murtaza Wahab has rejected rumours regarding a stricter lockdown and closure of shops in the province. Murtaza Wahab in a video statement issued on Sunday urged citizens not to scare those around them through misinformation,

Abrar-ul-Haq tests positive for COVID-19

KARACHI: Abrar Ul Haq, the famous Pakistani singer and also an active member of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has tested positive for coronavirus on Sunday. On a social media website Twitter, Abrar Ul Haq confirmed the news, saying that while his

Sindh reports 885 new coronavirus cases, 16 more deaths

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said 885 new cases of COVID-19 have detected while 16 more patients died during the last 24 hours. In a statement on the COVID-19 situation, CM Murad Ali Shah said 885 new

Another doctor succumbs to coronavirus in Peshawar

PESHAWAR: Peshawar Hayatabad Medical Complex (HMC) Director Dr Shahzad Akbar has confirmed that another doctor passed away on Sunday due to the COVID-19. His death has raised Pakistan’s death toll of medics who died of the infection to 18. According

NCC meeting to decide on easing or extending lockdown tomorrow

ISLAMABAD: The National Coordination Committee (NCC) will meet in Islamabad tomorrow (Monday) to decide whether to ease or extend the lockdown restrictions imposed in the country. All the four chief ministers and certain federal ministers will participate in the meeting.

Searle to produce anti-viral drug Remdesivir for COVID-19 patients

KARACHI: A top Pakistani Pharmaceutical Company Searle Limited has effectively entered into a special licensing & marketing contract with Beximco Pharmaceuticals, Bangladesh to launch a lifesaving drug for COVID19 patients. CEO of the Searle Company, Syed Nadeem Ahmed said Searle’s

Over 20 hospital staff test positive for coronavirus in Sehwan

SINDH: At least 21 employees, including four doctors, paramedics, a security guard and a cook, at the Syed Abdullah Shah Institute of Medical Sciences in Sehwan have tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Saturday. According to the hospital administration,

Sindh reports highest single-day COVID-19 deaths, cases: CM Murad

KARACHI: Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah has said that the COVID-19 claimed record 38 lives in the province during the last 24 hours, surging the province’s mortality rate from 1.6% to 1.7%. Murad Ali Shah announced on Saturday that

Eight doctors recover from COVID-19 in Punjab

LAHORE: Punjab Institute of Neurosciences’ (PINS) Executive Director, Professor Khalid Mehmood has confirmed that eight doctors of PINS have made a recovery from the COVID-19 on Saturday. The Executive Director PINS said that the doctors have now tested negative twice

Govt aims to help emerging sectors in post coronavirus: Razak Dawood     

ISLAMABAD: Advisor to Prime Minister on Commerce and Investment, Abdul Razak Dawood has said that the government’s aim was not only to facilitate the core export sectors but also to help the emerging sectors after the emergence of Coronavirus outbreak.

Sindh to decide on reopening public transport tomorrow 

KARACHI: Sindh Transport Minister Awais Shah has said that the provincial government would decide on reopening public transport tomorrow (Saturday) during a meeting of the provincial task force on COVID-19 and with the consultation of doctors. While talking to media

Four Pakistani doctors lose battle to coronavirus in past 24 hours

ISLAMABAD: Four Pakistani doctors, including a female doctor in her 20s, passed away from COVID-19 over the past 24 hours. Dr Sana Fatima, who worked at a private hospital in Lahore, died after testing positive for the novel coronavirus, the

Coronavirus worldwide cases cross 5.6 million

WASHINGTON: Coronavirus worldwide cases have crossed 5.6 million mark taking positive patients toll to 5,681,601 with 352,168 deaths while 2,430,461 have recovered. United States, Spain, Russia, UK, Germany, Brazil, Italy, France are among the worst-hit countries having maximum cases of

Rise in COVID-19 cases due to absence of strategy: Shehbaz Sharif

LAHORE: Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly and PML-N chief Shehbaz Sharif has blamed that the Centre does not have a strategy in place to deal with the pandemic. In a statement Shehbaz Sharif said that Punjab would

Sindh reports 573 new coronavirus cases

KARACHI: Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has confirmed that 573 new COVID-19 cases reported in Sindh over the past 24 hours. According to a statement, 2,327 samples were tested for the COVID-19 over the past 24 hours out of which

PM Imran, Abu Dhabi crown prince discuss coronavirus crisis

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan have discussed the COVID-19 epidemic situation and agreed to work closely for effective containment of the outbreak. According to PM Office statement, the

WHO suspends hydroxychloroquine clinical trials for coronavirus treatment

GENEVA: The World Health Organisation has announced that it was temporarily suspending clinical trials of the hydroxychloroquine drug as a possible cure for the novel COVID-19, after a study warned that the drug can increase the threat of death among

China reports three new coronavirus cases

BEIJING: China’s National Health Commission has confirmed that three new COVID-19 cases, of which two were imported. The Chinese health authority in its daily report said that the domestically transmitted case was reported in Jilin Province, situated in north east China on Sunday. Earlier, on

Coronavirus cases in Pakistan exceed 54,440

KARACHI: Pakistan has reported 54,440 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, while the death toll stands at 1,131 across the country. According to the National Command and Control Center (NCOC), more than 54,440 cases of coronavirus were reported while 18

Punjab energy minister tests positive for COVID-19

LAHORE: Punjab Health Department has confirmed that the provincial Minister for Energy Dr. Akhtar Malik has tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. A spokesperson of Punjab health department said in a statement Dr Akhtar Malik has self-isolated himself after tested

Dispatch of 6th consignment of safety equipment concluded: NDMA

ISLAMABAD: The dispatch of fresh tranche of sixth consignment containing medical and Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) for doctors and paramedics have been sent on Saturday to Sindh, Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB). According to National Disaster Management

China reports no new COVID-19 cases

CHINA: Chines health authorities have reported zero new COVID-19 infections since it started reporting data in January. The COVID-19 first emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019, however, cases have dwindled dramatically from the peak in

Punjab reports 275 new COVID-19 cases, 14 more deaths

LAHORE: Punjab health authorities have reported 275 new COVID-19 cases, taking the provincial tally to 18,730. According to a report released by the province’s Directorate of General Health, the province has also reported 14 more deaths, taking the total fatalities

17 police officers test positive for COVID-19 in Punjab

PUNJAB: As many as 17 police officers have so far tested positive for the novel COVID-19 in Gujrat area of Punjab on Friday. According to sources, the policemen affected by coronavirus include eleven official of the elite force along with

Govt announces relief package for newspaper hawkers

ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Shibli Faraz has said that in wake of COVID-19 situation, a relief package is being provided to newspaper hawkers to help them in such difficult times. The package is being funded by Baitul Mal and charity organisation

Pakistan observes ‘Jumatul Wida’ amid COVID-19 pandemic

KARACHI: The last Friday of the holy month of Ramazan ‘Jumatul Wida’ was observed across the country today. Millions of people, who fasted this month, will offer Friday prayers at mosques and at homes due to the situation caused by

UN launches new initiative to counter COVID-19 misinformation

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations has launched an initiative to counter the spread of online misinformation related to the COVID-19 epidemic. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a statement, “Misinformation spreads online, in messaging apps and person to person. Its

COVID-19: Wuhan officially bans eating wild animals

BEIJING: The city at the center of the coronavirus, Wuhan has banned the eating of wild animals. Both moves come amid mounting pressure for China to crack down on the illegal wildlife trade blamed by many for the pandemic that has killed

Minister says protection of vulnerable segments topmost priority of govt

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shibli Faraz has said protection of vulnerable segments of the society topmost priority of government despite limited resources. He was addressing a ceremony organized by Pakistan Bait ul Mal in connection with distribution of

AstraZeneca teams up with Oxford University to develop COVID-19 vaccine

LONDON: British pharmaceuticals group AstraZeneca is partnering with the University of Oxford to develop and distribute a vaccine being trialled in the United Kingdom. AstraZeneca confirmed it by stating that it has secured more than $1.0 billion from the United