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Global COVID-19 death toll passes two million

WASHINGTON: The global pandemic coronavirus has infected more than 93.53 million people worldwide and killed 2,02,407 people. More than 668.12 million patients of coronavirus have been cured in the world and more than 24.718 million are undergoing treatment. The coronavirus

First Pakistani receives Sinopharm vaccine in Shanghai

BEIJING: Zahid Iqbal has become the first Pakistani citizen in China to receive the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine. Zahid, who turns 44 next month, received his second dose on January 10. He told a local media outlet that he felt excited

Coronavirus claims 46 more lives in Pakistan

KARACHI: Another 46 people have died in Pakistan due to the coronavirus and the total number of deaths has reached 10,818. According to the National Command and Control Center, 3,097 new cases of coronavirus have been reported in 24 hours

China reports first COVID-19 death in eight months

BEIJING: China on Thursday reported its first death from Covid-19 in eight months as the country battles to contain a resurgence in cases and prepares for the arrival of an expert team from the WHO. More than 20 million people

Govt in talks with Chinese firm to procure COVID-19 vaccine: Asad Umar

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar has said the government is promptly taking decisions to procure the anti-Covid vaccine and has started talks with a Chinese company. Addressing a press conference, the minister the completion of the procurement

BioNTech boosts vaccine supply forecast to two billion doses in 2021

BERLIN: German company BioNTech, which developed the first coronavirus vaccine approved in the West, said it expects to produce two billion doses in 2021, up from the 1.3 billion previously forecast. “We now believe that we can potentially deliver approximately

Joe Biden receives second COVID-19 vaccine

WASHINGTON: President-elect Joe Biden has received his second COVID-19 shot, and said that getting vaccines injected would be a “number one priority” for his incoming administration. It comes as vaccine rollout has faltered badly in the world’s hardest-hit country, where

Worldwide coronavirus cases cross 91 million

WASHINGTON: The global coronavirus has infected more than 91,319,487 million people worldwide and caused 1952,932 deaths. More than 648.13 million patients of coronavirus have been cured in the world and more than 239.34 million are undergoing treatment. India ranks second

Preity Zinta reflects on family’s fight against COVID-19

LOS ANGLES: Indian actress Preity Zinta took to her Instagram account on Monday to reflect about her family’s fight against COVID-19. She revealed that several family members, including her mother and brother, tested positive for coronavirus in December. Sharing a

Worldwide coronavirus cases cross 90 million

WASHINGTON: The coronavirus has infected more than 90,693,444 million people worldwide and killed 1,943,171 people. More than 64,813,702 million patients of coronavirus have been cured in the world and more than 23,936,571 million are undergoing treatment. Coronavirus’ situation is the

UK to provide all adults COVID-19 vaccine by autumn

LONDON: Every adult in Britain will have been offered a coronavirus vaccination by the autumn, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said, in the UK’s biggest ever inoculation campaign. Hancock said public health officials are currently vaccinating 200,000 people daily, as they

Indonesian clerics declare Chinese COVID-19 vaccine halal

JAKARTA: A COVID-19 vaccine produced by Chinese pharmaceutical firm Sinovac Biotech is deemed halal, the Indonesian Ulema Council said days before the country is scheduled to start its inoculation programme using the Chinese vaccine. Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority country,

Iran bans import of US and UK-made COVID-19 vaccines

TEHRAN: Iran’s supreme leader banned the import of American and British-produced vaccines against Covid-19, saying they were “completely untrustworthy”. “Importing vaccines made in the US or the UK is prohibited,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a tweet. “It’s not unlikely

Saudi king receives COVID-19 vaccine jab

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman received a COVID-19 vaccine jab, more than three weeks after the kingdom kicked off a three-phase inoculation programme. King Salman, 85, “received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine,” in the futuristic Red Sea city

Chinese COVID-19 vaccine 78% effective in Brazil tests

SAO PAULO: Chinese-developed COVID-19 vaccine CoronaVac showed at least 78-percent effectiveness in final-stage clinical trials in Brazil. Brazilian officials said they would apply for emergency approval from the Brazilian regulatory agency to begin a vaccination campaign. “This is a historic

Worldwide coronavirus cases cross 87 million

WASHINGTON: The global pandemic coronavirus has infected more than 87,640,097 million people and killed 1,890,847 people worldwide. More than 61.67 million coronavirus patients have been cured in the world and more than 23.47 million are undergoing treatment. The situation in

Grammy Awards postponed to March 14 over COVID-19 concerns

LOS ANGELES: The Grammy Awards ceremony due to take place on January 31 has been rescheduled to March 14 because of the coronavirus surge in Los Angeles. The new date, announced by the Recording Academy and broadcaster CBS in a

Coronavirus claims 52 more lives, 2,118 new cases reported

KARACHI: The coronavirus claimed 52 more lives in the country during the past 24 hours, lifting the countrywide death toll from the disease to 10,461. According to the latest update shared by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), as

Worldwide coronavirus cases cross 86 million

WASHINGTON: The global pandemic coronavirus has infected more than 86,105,851 million people worldwide and killed 1,860,540 million 491 people. More than 61,057,000 coronavirus patients have been cured in the world and more than 231.87 million are undergoing treatment. The coronavirus

Coronavirus claims 59 more lives in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The coronavirus has infected another 1,497 people in Pakistan, bringing the total number of infected people to 490,476. According to the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), 59 more deaths have been reported from coronavirus in the last 24

Cricketer Sana Mir tests positive for COVID-19

KARACHI: Former Pakistan women cricket captain Sana Mir has tested positive for COVID-19. The 34-year old former cricketer has isolated herself after being diagnosed with coronavirus. The 34-year old cricketer has represented Pakistan in 226 internationals since her debut in

Pakistan Embassy in US closed for three days as staffer contracts COVID-19

KARACHI: The Pakistan Embassy in Washington DC has been closed for three days from today until Wednesday as its staff members contracted the COVID-19. According to an official statement, the embassy has been closed due to the probability of exposure

UK administers first AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine

LONDON: The United Kingdom began vaccinating its population with the COVID-19 shot developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca on Monday, calling it a scientific “triumph” that puts its ahead in inoculations against the virus. Britain, which is rushing to vaccinate

NCOC confirms two cases of UK COVID-19 variant in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on COVID-19 has confirmed that two new cases of the highly contagious coronavirus variant that first emerged in the United Kingdom have been detected in Pakistan. The National Institute of Health (NIH)

Worldwide coronavirus cases cross 85 million

WASHINGTON: The global pandemic coronavirus has infected more than 85,505,963 million people worldwide and killed 1,850,711 people. More than 6454,000 patients of coronavirus have been cured in the world and more than 231.98 million are undergoing treatment. The coronavirus situation

UK reactivates emergency COVID-19 hospitals, closes schools in London

LONDON: Britain reactivated emergency hospitals built at the start of the pandemic and shut primary schools in London to counter the rapid spread of a much more infectious variant of the coronavirus. With more than 50,000 new daily cases of

US surpasses 20 million COVID-19 cases

WASHINGTON: The number of coronavirus cases crossed the 20 million mark in the United States as officials seek to speed up vaccinations and a more infectious variant surfaced in several states. The United States has seen a spike in the

Coronavirus claims 71 more lives, infects over 2400 in Pakistan

KARACHI: Coronavirus has reported 2,463 new cases in Pakistan, bringing the total number of infected people to 482,178. According to the National Command and Control Center, 71 more deaths have been reported from coronavirus in the last 24 hours across

WHO grants ’emergency validation’ to Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine

GENEVA: The World Health Organization granted emergency validation to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, paving the way for countries worldwide to quickly approve its import and distribution. Britain launched its inoculation drive with the US-German vaccine on December 8, followed by the

China assures Pakistan to provide one million COVID-19 vaccine doses

ISLAMABAD: After Pakistan approved the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine against COVID-19, China assured to ensure the provision of over a million doses for emergency use. The matter was discussed in a telephonic conversation between Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and China’s