Coronavirus: Lockdown enforced in Mirpur for one week

MIRPUR: A lockdown has been imposed in Mirpur district of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) for one week after an alarming increase in coronavirus cases. According to an order issued by deputy commissioner Mirpur, all educational institutions and public transport

Melbourne starts five-day virus lockdown, no spectators at Australian Open

MELBOURNE: Australia’s second most populous state Victoria entered a five-day lockdown on Saturday as authorities raced to prevent a third wave of COVID-19 cases sparked by the highly infections UK variant. One new locally acquired case was confirmed in the

A look back at 10 significant events in Pakistan this year

2020 was a year full of surprises for Pakistan: from Chinese discovered disease entering the country to nationwide strike, from an unstable economy to students taking online classes at home, this year truly astonished the country. We have listed the

Nine Most Notable World Events in 2020

The year 2020 has been a busy year on the world scene. A seemingly unending parade of COVID-19 lockdown, stock crises, and new coronavirus recently formed in the United have dominated the news. Here is the list of the top

Smart lockdown imposed in three areas of Peshawar

PESHAWAR: The district administration of Peshawar has decided to implement a smart lockdown in three more areas. According to a statement issued by Deputy Commissioner Peshawar, Aziz Khan, Railway Colony and Falcon Colony of Bashirabad will be locked down. The

Second lockdown

The situation has been worsening from the second of coronavirus as winter sets in. The country has been recording more than 2,000 cases per day and hospitals are once again being full. From the looks, it seems likely that we

UK plans to lift lockdown from first week of December

LONDON: United Kingdom has planned to lift lockdown from the first week of December followed by ‘tougher’ post-lockdown ranges for the country. Unnecessary shops in all parts of the country will be allowed to reopen once the lockdown is lifted

CEAG considers submitting new lockdown proposal

LAHORE: Corona Expert Advisory Group (CEAG) has started considering a lockdown proposal to the government. Member Professor Asad Aslam of Corona Expert Advisory Group said in a statement that SOPs are not being implemented in any sector other than the

Micro lockdown in Karachi

It has been merely days since educational institutes reopened and the number of coronavirus cases have started rising across the country. With winters approaching soon, the much-dreaded second wave of the virus seems to be gaining a foothold amid the

New Zealand reports first coronavirus case after 102 days

WELLINGTON: New Zealand has reported its first locally transmitted case of coronavirus after 102 days of becoming COVID-19 free. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in this regard issued a stay-at-home lockdown order for the country’s largest city. She said that four

Smart lockdown: Punjab to shut down markets till August 5

LAHORE: Markets across Punjab will be closed from midnight tonight till August 5 in line with the government’s decision to impose a lockdown ahead of Eid-ul-Azha. Provincial information minister Fayyazul Hassan Chohan announced the announcement that all business and commercial

Sindh govt extends lockdown restrictions for one month

KARACHI: The Sindh government has extended lockdown measures for one month with partial restrictions on public movements and business activities until 15th August. The Sindh Home department released a new notification that stated that lockdown restrictions imposed on 1st July

Melbourne placed under new coronavirus lockdown

MELBOURNE: More than five million residents of Melbourne will be locked down for six weeks after coronavirus cases surged in Australia’s second-biggest city. State Premier Daniel Andrews said the lockdown would begin at midnight on Wednesday and last at least

Challenges for our economy

The great lockdown had drastic effects on global economic activity and employment. In Pakistan, 75 percent of the labour force is seriously affected by the coronavirus pandemic. While Pakistan is already expecting over 18 million job losses, there will also

‘Smart lockdown’ imposed in several parts of Hyderabad

HYDERABAD: After a lockdown was imposed in various parts of Karachi, the government has decided to impose a ‘smart lockdown’ in several parts of Hyderabad city. Hyderabad deputy Commissioner Fawad Ghaffar issued a notification to impose in lockdown in more

Selected lockdown

The number of coronavirus cases keep rising and have crossed the grim 150,000 mark by mid-June. The government has now decided to impose a ‘selected lockdown’ only in areas with high rate of inflections. The NCOC, the nerve centre handling

NCOC identifies 20 cities as COVID-19 hotspots

ISLAMABAD: National Command and Control Centre (NCOC) undertook a comprehensive review of potential COVID-19 clusters and hotspots across Pakistan in line with the prime minister’s announcement of containment through smart lockdown strategy. A total of 20 cities across Pakistan have

Complete lockdown imposed in parts of Lahore after midnight: Minister

LAHORE: The Punjab government has decided to impose a complete lockdown in some areas of Lahore due to rising coronavirus cases, Health Minister Yasmin Rashid confirmed on Monday. Addressing a press conference, the provincial minister announced that several areas of

Belgian prince fined for violating Spain’s lockdown

MADRID: A Belgian prince who contracted coronavirus after breaking lockdown rules in Spain has been fined 10,400 euros. Prince Joachim was issued with the penalty for failing to observe a 14-day quarantine period after arriving in the country. The prince

Rethinking lockdown restrictions

As the nation observed a prolonged Eid break, the number of coronavirus cases spiked in the country. Although Eid this year around was rather different and lacked the unusual festivities, people did not hesitate to visit their friends and relatives

PTI leader warns Sindh govt against reimposing lockdown

KARACHI: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Khurram Sher Zaman on Thursday warned the Sindh government against reimposing a lockdown to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Speaking at a press conference, the PTI leader said the Sindh government does not want

Pandemics and lockdown

On March 24, 1882, German microbiologist Dr Robert Koch announced the discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacteria that causes the dangerous infection that affects your lungs. Kock failed to find a cure and tuberculosis still remains one of the biggest

Govt to review lockdown restrictions after Eid: Zafar Mirza

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant on Health Dr Zafar Mirza has said the government will evaluate the prevailing situation immediately after Eid and can review its decision regarding relaxation in lockdown if the situation gets worse. In a media briefing, the special

Just a matter of sensitivity

My brother and his wife had gone to Canada to visit their son and daughter-in-law and were stuck under the coronavirus lockdown. After initial irritation due to sudden internment, it became lifelong learning as they witnessed the discipline of Canadians

Lockdown in Balochistan extended till June 2

QUETTA: The Balochistan government has extended the smart lockdown till 2nd June in a bid to control the spread of the coronavirus. According to the provincial home minister, all markets, auto repair shops, and haircutting salons will be allowed to

SC intervenes to end lockdown

The lockdown which had been imposed to control the spread of the coronavirus is effectively over. After opening shops, markets and other businesses, the last sticking point was the opening of shopping malls which has been resolved on the intervention

Youm-e-Ali: Sindh imposes complete lockdown today

KARACHI: A complete lockdown will be imposed in Sindh today from 6 am to 3 pm on the account of Youm-e-Ali. The federal government has imposed a ban on holding processions. All markets in the province will remain closed during

No excuse for another lockdown

The situation in the country has been worsening with each passing day. The most vulnerable segments of society are the worst affected and are facing dire circumstances on the verge of starvation. When the pandemic started spreading, the Sindh government

Another lockdown

Just days after lockdown restrictions were eased, the government has once again threatened to impose a strict lockdown if safety precautions and SOPs were violated. The federal cabinet took note of the blatant violations across the country and disregard for

Indian PM announces $270 billion virus economic package

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled Tuesday a $270 billion stimulus package for labourers and small businesses to boost flagging growth as the country grapples with the impact of the coronavirus and weeks-long lockdown. The package — worth