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

Australian airline Qantas celebrates subdued 100th birthday

SYDNEY: Australia’s Qantas Airways, the world’s third-oldest airline, marked its 100th birthday during its toughest year yet due to the coronavirus pandemic. Chief Executive Alan Joyce said the airline is looking to the future with optimism.  “Qantas every decade has

US COVID-19 cases cross 11 million as pandemic intensifies

WASHINGTON: The number of coronavirus cases in the United States crossed the 11-million mark, reaching yet another grim milestone as the third wave of COVID-19 infections surged across the country. The pace of the pandemic in the United States has

Challenges of Pneumonia and COVID-19 pandemic

‘World Pneumonia Day was first observed in 2009 to raise awareness about and advocate for global action against the acute respiratory disease which claims millions of lives every year. The theme for World Pneumonia Day 2020 is “Every Breath Counts”.

President Alvi inaugurates ‘Corona Wall of Heroes’ in Lahore

LAHORE: President Dr Arif Alvi inaugurated ‘Corona Wall of Heroes’ in Lahore to pay tribute to heroes who rendered services and sacrifices during the coronavirus pandemic. Addressing the Shaan-e-Pakistan Awards ceremony at the Governor’s House, the president said that the

Trump has surrendered to pandemic: Biden

WASHINGTON: United States presidential challenger Joe Biden accused Donald Trump of giving up in the fight against COVID-19 as the president faced a new outbreak in his team and surging infections nationwide. Nine days before the vote, Trump’s chief of

Protests and pandemic

Political temperatures are expected to rise as the opposition starts nationwide protests and rallies later this week in a bid to oust Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government. This also comes just as the number or coronavirus cases are surging and

Confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide exceed 28 million

WASHINGTON: The number of coronavirus infection cases across the world has surged to 28,679,996 and the pandemic has so far claimed over 920,158 lives. There are 71,64,164 active cases of coronavirus in the world and 25,94,884 people have been cured.

Dwayne Johnson reveals family’s coronavirus battle

LOS ANGELES: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and his entire family tested positive for coronavirus but have made a full recovery, the professional wrestler-turned-actor revealed. Johnson urged his Instagram followers to wear masks and avoid “politicising” the pandemic after revealing that

Pandemic isn’t over

Wuhan, the Ground Zero for the coronavirus pandemic, has reopened all schools for the first time in seven months. The World Health Organisation (WHO) chief warned that though the global agency wants to see children returning to schools and people

WHO chief hopes coronavirus pandemic will end within two years

GENEVA: The World Health Organisation hopes the coronavirus crisis can be over in less than two years faster than it took for the 1918 Spanish flu. “In our situation now with more technology, and of course with more connectiveness, the

COVID-19 could plunge 100 million into extreme poverty: World Bank

WASHINGTON: World Bank President David Malpass has warned that the coronavirus pandemic may have driven as many as 100 million people into extreme poverty. The global lender previously estimated that 60 million people would fall into extreme poverty due to

Worldwide coronavirus death toll rises to over 704,600

WASHINGTON: The number of coronavirus infection cases across the world has surged to 18,716,057 and the pandemic has so far claimed over 704,632 lives. The number of people infected with a coronavirus in the United States has risen to 4,918,420

Latin America exceeds five million COVID-19 cases

BRASILIA: Latin America and the Caribbean surpassed five million coronavirus cases on Monday underscoring that the region is world’s hardest hit by the novel coronavirus pandemic. The coronavirus was initially slower to reach Latin America than much of the world.

Provide incentives to overcome economic crisis: Mirza Ikhtiar Baig

Mirza Ikhtiar Baig is a renowned industrialist and businessman with over thirty years of experience in various sectors of Pakistan. He is the Chairman of Baig Group operating in diversified fields in Pakistan, UAE and other countries. He is also

AIIB approves $250 million loan to mitigate COVID-19 impact

BEIJING: The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank’s (AIIB) has approved a loan of $250 million to help strengthen Pakistan’s response against social and economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. The development policy is co-financed with the World Bank and will help

Indian Premier League 2020 to be held in UAE

NEW DELHI: The Indian cricket board (BCCI) will seek government permission to stage this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) in the United Arab Emirates. The postponement of Twenty20 World Cup, which had been scheduled to take place in Australia from

Only one quarter of Japanese want Tokyo Olympics next year

TOKYO: A new poll shows that just one in four people in Japan want to see the coronavirus-delayed Tokyo Games held next year, with most backing either further delay or cancellation. Only 23.9 percent of respondents in the three-day nationwide

US economy will drop 6.6% in 2020 amid pandemic: IMF

WASHINGTON: The International Monetary Fund has predicted that the United States economy will shrink 6.6 percent this year, pounded by the coronavirus pandemic and the lockdowns enforced to contain it. The grim forecast is an upgrade from one the IMF

Wimbledon to disburse prize money of cancelled tournament

LONDON: The prize money for the Wimbledon Championships will be distributed to 620 players who were set to take part at this year’s cancelled tournament, the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) said. Wimbledon was initially scheduled to be held

Reopening schools

After a hiatus of nearly six months, the government has finally decided to reopen all educational institutes including schools, colleges and universities from September 15. This comes as a welcome move and sigh of relief for millions of students whose

Christopher Nolan movie ‘Tenet’ delayed once again

LOS ANGELES: The release of Christopher Nolan thriller ‘Tenet’ has been delayed for a second time due to the coronavirus outbreak. ‘Tenet’ is now scheduled to reach cinemas on Aug. 12, film studio Warner Bros. said in a statement, as

Global coronavirus cases set to hit 10 million next week: WHO

GENEVA: The World Health Organisation warned that the coronavirus pandemic has yet to peak in Latin America, as global infections were likely to hit 10 million within a week. The WHO said the length and height of peaks would be

New Zealand cricket tour to Bangladesh postponed

DHAKA: Bangladesh and New Zealand have announced to postpone the Test series which was due to be played between the two sides in August and September this year. The two-match series, which will form part of the ICC World Test

Govt using coronavirus as excuse to hide incompetency: CM Sindh

KARACHI: Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah said on Thursday that the federal government is using the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to cover up its poor performance. Addressing a post-budget press conference, the chief minister the lack of revenue

Pandemic of leadership

Pakistan is fast losing its grip over the COVID-19 spread with more than 150,000 cases of infections and about 3000 deaths by late June 16, 2020. Hospitals that are already short of healthcare facilities for the COVID-19 patients are choked

World Child Labour Day 2020 aims to protect children amid pandemic

World Day Against Child Labour 2020 is being observed across the globe with focus on the impact of coronavirus crisis on child labour. The COVID-19 health pandemic and the resulting economic and labour market shock are having a huge impact

US passes two million confirmed COVID-19 cases

NEW YORK: The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States passed the two million mark as cases continue to rise across the country. Thousands of new laboratory tests have returned positive daily in several states, with the pandemic

No gathering of world leaders at UNGA first time in 75 years

NEW YORK: For the first time in United Nations 75-year history, world leaders will not come to New York this September for the annual session of UN General Assembly due to the coronavirus pandemic, the president of the assembly has

EU urges US to reconsider decision to cut ties with WHO

BRUSSELS: The European Union urged the United States to reconsider its decision to cut ties with the World Health Organisation over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic. “In the face of this global threat, now is the time for enhanced