covid 19

Macron orders curfew for Paris, other French cities

PARIS: President Emmanuel Macron ordered a night time curfew for Paris and eight other French cities to contain the spread of COVID-19 after daily new infection rates reached alarming record levels. In a televised interview, Macron said residents of those

World Bank approves $12 billion for COVID-19 vaccines

WASHINGTON: The World Bank has approved $12 billion for developing countries to finance the purchase and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, tests and treatment. The financing aims to support vaccination of up to a billion people, the bank said in a

Coronavirus can last 28 days on glass, currency: Study

MELBOURNE: COVID-19 can survive on banknotes, glass and stainless steel for up to 28 days, Australian researchers said, highlighting the need for cleaning and handwashing to combat the virus. The findings from the study conducted by Australia’s national science agency,

Pakistan reports 385 new COVID-19 cases, ten deaths

ISLAMABAD: The number of coronavirus infections keeps rising with 385 new cases surfaced across the country over the past 24 hours, taking the nationwide tally to 319,317. According to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), 26,951 samples were tested

Twitter flags Trump’s tweet for violating rules on COVID-19 information

SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter has flagged a tweet by Donald Trump in which the US President claimed he was immune to the coronavirus, saying it violated the rules about misleading information related to COVID-19. “A total and complete sign off from

I am immune from COVID-19, claims President Trump

WASHINGTON: United States President Donald Trump declared himself immune from COVID-19 as he prepares to return to the campaign trail to regain ground against White House rival Joe Biden. “It looks like I’m immune for, I don’t know, maybe a

Trump’s erratic behaviour

United States President Donald Trump became the most prominent world leader to have contracted the coronavirus last week. The behaviour of the American president has been erratic and rather bizarre ever since he was diagnosed with the disease. The pandemic

Extreme poverty to rise for the first time in two decades: World Bank

WASHINGTON: The World Bank has warned that extreme poverty is set to rise this year for the first time in more than two decades, compounding by the coronavirus, conflict and climate change. The pandemic coronavirus is expected to push up

Facebook blocks Trump’s post claiming flu is more deadly than coronavirus

WASHINGTON: Facebook and Twitter took action on posts from US President Donald Trump for violating their rules against coronavirus misinformation by suggesting that COVID-19 was just like the flu. Facebook took the post down and Twitter added a label warning

10% of world’s population may have had COVID-19: WHO

GENEVA: The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said hundreds of millions of people may have already been infected with the new coronavirus, far more than the current tally of more than 35 million. “Our current best estimates tell us that

Trump goes in quarantine after close aide contracts COVID-19

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said he was in quarantine and awaiting results from a test for COVID-19 after Hope Hicks, one of his closest advisers, tested positive for the disease. “I just went for a test and we’ll see

Mirpurkhas Deputy Commissioner dies from COVID-19

KARACHI: Mirpurkhas Deputy Commissioner Zahid Husain Memon passed away in Karachi late on Wednesday from the coronavirus.  Memon has tested positive for COVID-19 a few days earlier and was then admitted to a private hospital in Karachi where he was

Can micro-smart lockdowns control COVID-19?

Pakistan’s COVID-19 cases have consistently registered an uptick over the past couple of weeks, with more than 750 cases were reported in the last 24 hours across the country. This is the highest raise in the number of COVID-19 cases

COVID-19:  Wahab urges people to take extreme precaution

KARACHI: Sindh government spokesperson, Murtaza Wahab has urged citizens to follow the precautionary measures issued by the government as the positive ratio of COVID-19 shot up to 3.6% in the province. On a social media website Twitter, the spokesperson said

Vitamin D could reduce risk of coronavirus complications: study

LONDON: A new research has stated that the coronavirus patients who are vitamin-D sufficient have a type of immune cell to help fight infection. As per the study, the vitamin-D sufficiency can reduce the complications, including the cytokine storm (release

WHO warns of two million COVID-19 deaths as Europe clamps down

PARIS: The World Health Organisation warned that coronavirus deaths could more than double to two million if safety measures are not kept up as Europe faces mounting cases and the US crossed another bleak milestone. Global deaths had reached 985,707

Pakistan reports 799 new COVID-19 cases, five deaths

ISLAMABAD: The number of coronavirus cases are steadily rising as the nation registered 799 new cases in the past 24 hours. According to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), Pakistan reported five more coronavirus-related fatalities in the past day,

Pakistan starts third phase clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccine

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has launched the third phase clinical trials of a COVID-19 vaccine developed by a Chinese company. Planning and Development Minister Asad Umar announced the launch of phase three human clinical trials. In a Twitter post, he said the

COVID-19 cases in schools

It has been just a couple of days since educational institutes reopened across the country and we have seen an uptick in the number of coronavirus cases. We need to realise that pandemic has not yet ended but will instead

Pakistan reports 513 new coronavirus cases

ISLAMABAD: The number of cases of the novel coronavirus have been gradually rising in the country over the past few days. According to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), Pakistan reported 513 new cases of COVID-19 during the last

Wuhan to reopen its educational institutes from next week

SHANGHAI: Chinese city Wuhan will reopen all its schools and kindergartens from next week. The local government announced that as many as 2,842 educational institutions across Wuhan will reopen their doors to almost 1.4 million students when the autumn semester

Pakistan records 445 new COVID-9 cases, six deaths

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan reported 445 new coronavirus cases and six deaths over the previous 24 hours, as the deadly disease continues to affect lives and health. According to the latest statistics released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), the

COVID-19 may have negative impact on people with eating disorders

LONDON: Researchers have stated that the COVID-19 pandemic may have a negative impact on the people with experience of eating disorders. According to the research in the UK, approximately 1.25 million people in London alone have an eating disorder.  While

South Korea closes schools in Seoul after resurgence in COVID-19 cases

SEOUL: Schools in South Korea’s capital have once again been closed after a resurgence of coronavirus cases in the city. The Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention reported 280 new coronavirus cases as of midnight Monday, bringing the country’s

Coronavirus claims 10 more lives in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The coronavirus has claimed 10 lives in Pakistan, bringing the total number to 6,219. According to the latest figures released by the National Command and Operations Center, 586 new cases of coronavirus have been reported in the country in

Coronavirus claims 10 more lives in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The coronavirus has claimed 10 more lives in Pakistan, bringing the total number to 6,219. According to the latest figures released by the National Command and Operations Center, 630 new cases of coronavirus have been reported in the country

Gen Bajwa, Bill Gates discuss Pakistan’s COVID-19 response

ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has a telephonic conversation with philanthropist Bill Gates and discussed  Pakistan’s COVID-19 response and resumption of polio eradication campaign. General Bajwa said success against the COVID-19 pandemic has been achieved due

PM Imran, Bill Gates discuss COVID-19 response, polio campaign

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan spoke with philanthropist Bill Gates to discuss the latest situation on COVID-19 response and resumption of polio vaccination campaign in Pakistan. During the conversation, the prime minister apprised Bill Gates about the improved COVID-19 situation

Global coronavirus cases surpass 20 million

WASHINGTON: The number of coronavirus cases worldwide has surpassed 20 million, with Brazil and Mexico reporting a combined 27,000 infections in just one day. More than 12.2 million have recovered, and over 734,000 have died from the disease, according to

COVID-19 claims 10 more lives in Sindh

KARACHI: The COVID-19 death toll reached 2,282 as ten more people died of the infection in the province on Monday. Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah said 278 fresh COVID-19 cases have been reported during the last 24 hours.