Pakistan, Bangladesh impose lockdowns to restrict Friday prayers to prevent coronavirus spike

Police enforced a strict lockdown across the country to restrict Friday prayer congregations and curb the spread of the coronavirus, officials said, after failing to prevent large gatherings last week. Health experts have warned of an epidemic in South Asia, home to a fifth of the world's population, that could easily overwhelm its weak public health systems. But authorities in...

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Confirmed coronavirus cases surpass one million globally

The coronavirus pandemic has affected more than one million people globally, according to a Reuters tally of official data as the world grapples to contain the spread of the virus that has claimed over 52,000 lives. Italy had the most deaths, more than 13,900, followed by Spain. The United States had the most confirmed cases of any country, more than...

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Oil, shares slip on doubts over Saudi-Russia deal

TOKYO/NEW YORK: Oil prices retreated on Friday after massive gains, while stocks in Asia edged down, as doubts grew over an oil price deal between Saudi Arabia and Russia that US President Donald Trump said he had brokered. With the coronavirus pandemic raising the risk of a prolonged global downturn, investors continued to seek the safety of the US dollar...

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PM Khan lashes out at BJP leader over anti-Muslim statement

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday lashed out at Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) over its hate towards Muslims living in India and compared it with what Nazis did to Jews. “The RSS inspired BJP leadership in the 21st century openly speaking about the 200 million Muslims just as the Nazis spoke about the Jews,” tweeted PM Imran along with a...

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IHC dismisses petition against NDMA order to turn hotels into quarantine centres

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court dismissed on Friday a plea against the conversion of hotels into quarantine facilities due to the coronavirus pandemic. IHC Chief Justice Athar Minullah had earlier reserved judgement on the plea, which was filed after the National Disaster Management Authority issued orders to turn three-star and four-star hotels into quarantine centres. The court, in its written...

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Sindh appeals public order law to prevent Daniel Pearl murder suspects from walking free

KARACHI: The Sindh government on Friday invoked the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) law to keep the four men suspected of murdering US journalist Daniel Pearl in detention for another 90 days. The orders were issued under Section 3 of the MPO a day after the Sindh High Court overturned the death penalty of prime suspect Omer Saeed Sheikh and...

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Google publishes reports showing if coronavirus lockdowns working in 131 countries

OAKLAND: Alphabet Inc’s Google on Thursday published reports for 131 countries showing whether visits to shops, parks and workplaces dropped in March, when many governments issued stay-at-home orders to rein the spread of the novel coronavirus. Google’s analysis of location data from billions of users’ phones is the largest public dataset available to help health authorities assess if people are...

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Coronavirus: Confirmed cases in Pakistan rise to 2,458

The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Punjab rose to 928 on Friday afternoon after eight more cases were reported across the province, according to Provincial Disaster Management Authority. Five of the new cases were reported from Lahore, the authority added. On Friday morning after new cases were confirmed in Islamabad Capital Territory and Gilgit Baltistan (GB), according...

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