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Two arrested for not receiving COVID-19 vaccine in Karachi

KARACHI: Two men were arrested on Friday by the Karachi police for not getting vaccinated against COVID-19 as authorities crack down on unvaccinated people. The Sohrab Goth police took the men into custody after they failed to provide any proof

Fake entry: Nawaz Sharif gets COVID-19 vaccine jab in Lahore

LAHORE: A vaccination centre has registered a COVID-19 vaccination on the identity card of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who is currently in London. According to the registration details uploaded to the NADRA portal, Nawaz Sharif was administered the first

Covid has ‘devastating’ impact on fight against HIV, TB, malaria: Report

GENEVA: The COVID-19 pandemic had a “devastating” impact on the fight against HIV, tuberculosis and malaria in 2020, according to a report released by the Global Fund. “To mark our 20th anniversary, we had hoped to focus this year’s report

Pakistan reports 3,316 coronavirus cases, 98 deaths

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan reported nearly a hundred deaths from COVID-19 on Tuesday as it continues to grapple with the fourth wave of the coronavirus. According to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), Pakistan reported 3,316 cases and 98 deaths in

COVID-19: Pakistan set record with 1.5mn jabs in single day

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan made a new daily record by inoculating more than 1.5 million people against COVID-19 across the country. According to National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), Pakistan administered 1,590,309 people against the corroanvirus in the past 24-hour period with

Vaccination commences for citizens aged 17 against COVID-19

ISLAMABAD: The government has commenced a vaccination drive for people aged 17 years or above from September 1 (today) as part of efforts to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. Earlier, people who were aged 18 or older were

Domestic air travel banned for unvaccinated passengers

ISLAMABAD: The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has banned domestic air travel for unvaccinated people in an attempt to scale up COVID-19 vaccination drive. According to a notification, all unvaccinated people aged 18 years and above will not be able to

‘Life without taste and smell’: Nadia Hussain updates about her health

Pakistani actress and model Nadia Hussain, who was tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week, has updated the fans about her health. The supermodel turned to Instagram and shared the post with the caption: ‘Covid update.” She further said “Life

Pakistan reports 4,455 COVID-19 cases, 68 deaths

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has reported 4,455 coronavirus cases and 68 deaths on Sunday, as the situation continues to worsen amid the fourth wave despite the tightening restrictions. According to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), Pakistan reported 4,455 cases and

WHO calls for halting COVID-19 vaccine boosters

GENEVA: The World Health Organisation (WHO) called for a halt on COVID-19 vaccine boosters until at least the end of September, as the gap between vaccinations in wealthy and poor countries widens. The call for a moratorium is the strongest

Wuhan to test all residents as COVID-19 resurfaces

BEIJING: Authorities in Wuhan said they would test its entire population for COVID-19 after the central Chinese city where the coronavirus emerged reported its first local infections in more than a year. The city of 11 million is “swiftly launching

UAE rolls out Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine to children aged 3-17

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates will start providing China’s Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine to children aged 3-17, the government said. It cited the health ministry as saying the decision comes after clinical trials and extensive evaluations, without providing any details. Authorities

COVID-19: Pakistan reports 3,852 cases, 62 deaths

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan reports more than 3,500 cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday while another 67 people succumbed to the virus as the nation continues to deal with surging cases. The latest figures from the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC)

Court restrains police from registering FIR for lockdown violations

KARACHI: A city court has restrained police from registering an FIR for violating COVID-19 restrictions and has directed them to only file a written complaint. Police has booked several people on violating for violation lockdown restrictions. However, the city court

NCOC to review rising number of COVID-19 cases today

ISLAMABAD: The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) will hold a meeting on Monday (today) to discuss the surge in coronavirus cases across the country. The meeting will also deliberate upon measures to contain the spread of a new variant

Govt planning targeted restrictions to avoid inconvenience: Asad Umar

ISLAMABAD: Planning Minister Asad Umar has urged people to strictly follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and get vaccinated at the earliest to contain the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19. “We are planning targeted restrictions with coordinated plans so

Lockdown in Karachi

The coronavirus situation in Karachi is getting out of control. The number of cases are spreading like wildfire and there is panic. The positivity rate has surged past 30%. The burgeoning cases are filing up hospitals and once again burdening

Maryam Nawaz tests positive for COVID-19

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice-President Maryam Nawaz has tested positive for coronavirus. The was confirmed party’s spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb. She added that Maryam Nawaz has gone into self-quarantine after testing positive. The information secretary also asked people to pray

COVID-19: Pakistan records 3,262 cases as situation worsens

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has recorded another 3,262 cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday, as the situation gets out of control amid the fourth wave. The latest figures from the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) reported 3,262 cases and 39 deaths

Pakistan receives 14,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has reportedly received new doses of US pharmaceutical company Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccines. According to reports, around 14,000 doses of the vaccine arrived at the Islamabad International Airport aboard a foreign airline. The vaccine was stored in ultra-cold chain

US life expectancy falls 1.5 years due to COVID-19: Report

WASHINGTON: Life expectancy in the United States fell by a year and a half in 2020 to 77.3 years, the lowest level since 2003, primarily due to the deaths caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is the biggest one-year decline

Facebook refutes Biden’s claim of ‘killing people’ with vaccine misinformation

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook defended itself against US President Joe Biden’s assertion that the social media platform is “killing people” by allowing misinformation about coronavirus vaccines to proliferate, saying the facts tell a different story. “The data shows that 85% of

Malaysia to allow commercial sale of Chinese COVID-19 vaccines

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will soon allow the commercial sale of COVID-19 vaccines manufactured by Chinese firms Sinopharm and Sinovac, the science minister said on Friday, as authorities try to ramp up inoculation rates amid surging cases. Malaysia has one of

How effective are vaccines against the Delta variant?

The number of coronavirus cases are rising once again across the country. The spread is due to the presence of the Delta variant, a strain of the coronavirus first detected in India. There are at least 35 confirmed cases of

Pakistan administers record half million vaccines doses in a day

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has increased its coronavirus vaccination drive and administered a record 525,000 people in a single day. “For the first time, we crossed half a million doses of vaccination yesterday,” National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) head Asad Umar.

US warns ‘increased risk’ of rare nerve disorder after J&J vaccine

WASHINGTON: The US Food and Drug Administration updated its warning labels for the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine to include information about an observed “increased risk” of a rare neurological disorder called Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS). The news is a further

COVID-19: Pakistan records 1,808 cases as situation worsens

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan recorded over 1,800 cases of the novel coronavirus on Monday, as the number of cases surge across the country. According to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), Pakistan reported 1,808 cases and 15 deaths in the previous

Belgian woman died after contracting two COVID variants simultaneously

BRUSSELS: A 90-year-old Belgian woman who died from COVID-19 in March had contracted two variants of coronavirus at the same time, which is believed to be the first documented case of its kind, a scientific congress and Belgian media said.

Pakistan records 1,980 COVID-19 cases as positivity ratio rises

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan recorded nearly two thousand cases from the novel coronavirus on Sunday, as the positivity ratio keeps rising amid a worsening situation. According to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), Pakistan reported 1,980 cases and 27 deaths in

Pakistan to receive 1.2 million AstraZeneca vaccines next week

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is expected to receive a batch of 1.236 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine next week. According to the Ministry of Health, Pakistan will receive AstraZeneca doses under COVAX, making it the fourth batch to be received under