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UK COVID-19 variant accounts for 70% of cases in Pakistan: Researcher

(REUTERS): The United Kingdom variant of coronavirus now accounts for up to 70 percent of COVID-19 cases across Pakistan, according to a research centre. Talking to an international news agency, Professor Dr Muhammad Iqbal Chaudhry, director at the International Centre

Over 40 policemen die of coronavirus, 1500 infected in KP

PESHAWAR: At least 44 police personnel lost their lives due to coronavirus while performing their duties in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, a report revealed on Saturday. According to a detailed report of the health department, coronavirus claimed 44 lives of the

Govt issues guidelines for use, storage of AstraZeneca vaccine

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of National Health has issued guidelines with regard to the use and storage of the AstraZeneca vaccine. According to the guidelines issued by the health ministry on Saturday, AstraZeneca could be administered to a specific age group

Asad Umar calls for unity in response to third COVID-19 wave

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiative Asad Umar has called for unity in response to the third wave of the novel coronavirus, saying that “the danger is higher than ever and knocking at our doors”. Taking to

COVAX: Pakistan receives first batch of AstraZeneca vaccine

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has received the first batch of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine under the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) facility today (Saturday), according to the coronavirus-monitoring body. According to Health Ministry’s spokesperson, the first consignment, which includes over 1.2 million AstraZeneca vaccine,

WHO approves China’s SinoPharm COVID-19 vaccine

GENEVA: The World Health Organization (WHO) has approved the first Covid-19 vaccine from China in a bid to boost global immunisation drives. Many Western countries are starting to reopen as vaccinations gain pace, while authorities in Tokyo and other parts

CanSino vaccine made in Pakistan to be available soon: Asad Umar

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar has claimed that the locally-made CanSino vaccine will be available for use by the end of this month (May). On a social media website Twitter, the head of the National Command

COVID-19: Sindh govt cancels Eid holidays for healthcare staff

KARACHI: The Sindh Health Department has cancelled the Eid holidays of medical officials, nursing departments and paramedical staff across the province. According to a notification issued on Friday, Eid holidays have been canceled across Sindh for all healthcare workers on

COVID-19: KP govt introduces mobile vans to vaccinate elderly citizens

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has inaugurated the mobile vaccination service in Peshawar to vaccinate elderly citizens against COVID-19. Chief Minister Mahmood Khan said, “The objective of launching the mobile corona vaccination services is to serve and

COVID-19: Another 140 people lose their lives as cases surpass 850,000

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan reported another 4,298 COVID-19 cases on Friday, while another 140 people lost their lives from the virus as the government is set to impose a lockdown ahead of an extended Eid holidays. According to the National Command and

COVID-19 positivity rate in Karachi hits 14%

KARACHI: The number of new infections of COVID-19 continued to rise this week, as the positivity ratio in Karachi hit 14 percent on Thursday amid the ongoing third wave of the coronavirus pandemic. According to details, the rise in COVID-19

Five foreign passengers test COVID positive at Karachi airport

KARACHI: Five passengers of two international flights landed at the Jinnah International Airport diagnosed COVID-19 positive on Wednesday. According to sources, two passengers of flight 151 from Dubai and three passengers of flight 329 from Riyadh were diagnosed COVID-19 positive

Over 1,720 coronavirus patients recover in Punjab  

LAHORE: Punjab health department official said 1,727 COVID-19 patients had been recovered on Wednesday. A report issued by the Punjab health department said 250,245 patients had been recovered so far in public sector hospitals of the province under the control

COVID-19: Pakistan reports 4,113 new cases, 119 deaths

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan reported another 4,113 COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, while the death toll increased by 119 as the government gears up for a lockdown ahead of the upcoming Eid holidays. According to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), Pakistan

Pfizer sees COVID-19 vaccine demand for years, $26bn in sales

NEW YORK: Pfizer raised its forecast for COVID-19 vaccine sales by more than 70% to $26 billion in 2021, and said demand from governments around the world could contribute to its growth for years to come. The company said it

Smart lockdown imposed in more Karachi’s District Central areas

KARACHI: Keeping in view the rising COVID-19 menace in the country as the virus comes back stronger the third time, the district administration today (Tuesday) imposed a “smart” lockdown in four towns of the city’s District Central. According to a

Monitoring teams formed to ensure implantation of COVID-19 SOPs

ISLAMABAD: The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has constituted monitoring teams at federal, provincial, and district levels to ensure the implementation of COVID-19 related standard operating procedures (SOPs) from May 8-16. The development came during a meeting chaired by

Coronavirus claims 161 more lives, infects 3,377 in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The coronavirus has claimed 161 more lives and infected 3,377 during the past 24 hours in Pakistan on Tuesday. The health authorities reported 161 deaths in the last 24 hours by novel coronavirus as the number of positive cases

Pakistan administers record-breaking 164,000 vaccine doses in single day

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar has said that record-breaking over 164,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered on Monday. On a social media website Twitter Asad Umar, who also heads National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) said

Pakistan to receive vaccine jabs under COVAX this week

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is expected to receive vaccine doses via COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) facility from this week, according to sources. Sources prior to the development said the first consignment will bring 1.2 million doses of the Oxford-Astrazeneca coronavirus vaccine

Balochistan bans congregations amid surge in COVID-19 cases

QUETTA: Balochistan government today (Monday) has imposed a complete ban on all sorts of congregations amid a surge in new COVID-19 infections. Addressing a press conference in Quetta, the government’s spokesperson Liaquat Shahwani said the number of coronavirus cases and

COVID-19: Pakistan reports 4,213 cases, 79 deaths

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan reported in marginally dip in coronavirus cases and deaths on Sunday, as the government warns that the virus is spreading fast across the country amid the third wave. This comes a day after the death toll from the

NCOC extends coronavirus vaccination registration for health workers

ISLAMABAD: The National Command and Operations Centre  (NCOC) has extended the registration for the COVID-19 vaccine for health workers until May 31. According to the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC), the registration will continue until May 31 for health workers

Over 80% ventilators occupied in Lahore, says Yasmin Rashid

LAHORE: Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid has announced that almost 81.5 percent ventilators in Lahore were occupied while the occupancy rate in Gujranwala was almost 100 percent. She shared the details while addressing a press conference in Lahore today

Vaccine is very effective to protect citizens from virus variants: Faisal Sultan

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on National Health, Dr Faisal Sultan has said that the COVID-19 vaccine is very effective to protect citizens from medical complications of many virus variants. In a statement, Faisal Sultan said keeping in view

COVID-19: Pakistan surpasses grim landmark of 18,000 deaths

ISLAMABAD: The death toll from the novel coronavirus has surpassed the grim landmark of 18,000 on Sunday as another 113 people lost their lives from disease. According to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), Pakistan reported another 4,414 cases

COVID-19: Pakistan records 146 deaths as toll near 18,000

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan reported another 146 deaths from the novel coronavirus on Saturday, as the death toll from the pandemic nears 18,000 amid a surging third wave. According to the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC), Pakistan reported another 4,696 cases

South African, Brazilian COVID-19 variants reported in Sindh

KARACHI: Sindh Health Minister Dr Azra Pechuho today (Friday) has announced that South African and Brazilian variants of the novel coronavirus have been reported in samples taken by the Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH). In a video message issued by

Coronavirus claims 131 more lives, infects 5,112 in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The coronavirus has claimed 131 more lives and infected 5,112 during the past 24 hours in Pakistan on Friday. According to the latest figures issued by the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), Pakistan reported 131 more COVID deaths

Pakistan to receive over 15 million doses of Covid vaccine in next two months

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr Faisal Sultan has said that Pakistan will purchased 15 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine from three Chinese companies and expects to receive them in the next two months. During an interview