Ramadan 2020 to commence in Pakistan tomorrow

The start of Ramadan will be observed across Pakistan on Saturday, after the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee yesterday said the moon had not been sighted. However, some areas were to begin fasting on Friday, contrary to the official announcement by the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee. According to an announcement yesterday by Mufti Popalzai of Peshawar's Qasim Ali Khan Mosque, residents of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were...

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Coronavirus ‘trace and track’ system to be introduced with ISI’s help: PM Khan

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday announced a "track and trace system" for coronavirus cases which will be introduced throughout the country with the Inter-Services Intelligence's (ISI) help. Speaking to social media influencers and journalists, the prime minister said that the system will help in identifying areas where there were numerous coronavirus cases. "We will lock down those areas...

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Coronavirus pandemic: Federal govt extends nationwide lockdown till May 9

The federal government has decided to extend the countrywide lockdown till May 9, announced Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar on Friday. Speaking at news conference, the minister said that a meeting of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) meeting had been held which decided to extend the date of the lockdown. He said that the NCOC...

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Pakistan Army to not take IS allowance in wake of coronavirus pandemic: DG ISPR

Director-General (DG) Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Babar Iftikhar has announced that in wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the Pakistan Army will not take internal security (IS) allowance. He added the decision has been taken so that the government could spend these funds to treat corona affected patients. Addressing media briefing after the special conference chaired by Chief of...

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Mystery of India’s lower death rates seems to defy coronavirus trend

MUMBAI/AHMEDABAD: Parts of India have recorded dramatic falls in mortality rates after a nationwide lockdown was imposed to fight the new coronavirus, suggesting there has not been an undetected surge in virus-related deaths. All over the world, mortality rates are being scrutinised to determine the true impact of the coronavirus, which emerged in China late last year and is known...

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US Congress approves $483 billion stimulus plan as death toll nears 50,000

Washington: The United States on Friday approved nearly half a billion dollars in new stimulus but European leaders were divided on their own measures as the world sought to salvage economies ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic. Governments from South Africa to Vietnam, as well as states in the US, took steps to resume normal life amid debate whether a lockdown...

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Pakistani celebrities share precautionary measures against coronavirus in short film

Pakistani celebrities stepped forward to spread awareness about the contagious coronavirus through a short film ‘call to action’ released recently on YouTube. In the short film, stars from the entire industry gathered to send message of safety and well-being during the pandemic. Directed by famous television artist Faisal Quershi, the two-minute and 45 seconds long video shows Pakistani celebrities holding...

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PM Imran to chair NCC meeting today: sources

Prime Minister Imran Khan has summoned a meeting of the National Coordination Committee today. The provincial chief ministers will participate in the meeting through a video link, while representatives from AJK and Gilgit Baltistan government will also join the meeting. According to sources, chairman NDMA and SAPM on health Dr Zafar Mirza will brief the NCC on the coronavirus measures...

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Coronavirus in Pakistan: nationwide tally rises to 11,429

Sindh on Thursday reported 274 new cases of the virus to taking the provincial tally to 3,945. The number of confirmed cases in the country now stands at 11,429. Another 42 recoveries from the novel coronavirus were reported in Sindh during the past 24 hours, taking the provincial tally to 772. MPA Abdul Rasheed tests positive for coronavirus, isolates at...

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China has discussed possibility of human trials for coronavirus vaccine: SAPM Zafar Mirza

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant on Health to the Prime Minister, Zafar Mirza on Friday said that Pakistan has been approached by China to discuss the possibility of human testing of coronavirus vaccines on those infected. Taking to the micro-blogging website Twitter, SAPM Mirza said that China has prepared a vaccine but is currently testing it on human subjects, it has asked...

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SOPs for Ramadan regarding tarweeh, shops finalized by Sindh Govt, says sources

KARACHI: Sindh government has finalized standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the Holy month of Ramadan, sources said on Friday. According to the sources, only 3 to 5 people will be allowed to offer Taraweeh namaz in the Holy month in a move to curtail spread of the virus. Taraweeh congregations at marriage halls and others open places in the province...

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Moody’s projects Pakistan’s first annual recession in 2020 over coronavirus outbreak

KARACHI: Pakistan is expected to face its first annual recession in fiscal year 2020 due to the ongoing and worsening coronavirus pandemic, credit rating agency Moody's Investors Service said in a forecast issued late Wednesday. The country's financing needs were also expected to rise significantly, while its real — or inflation-adjusted — gross domestic product (GDP) would likely fall 0.1-0.5% as...

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It is up to Ulema to ensure people follow SOPs for prayer congregations: PM Khan

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said that after the government conditionally allowed congregational prayers in mosques, it was now the responsibility of ulemas to ensure the people follow the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for collective prayers. Talking to journalists during the Prime Minister's Ehsaas Telethon, which was held to raise funds for Covid-19 relief, he said the government...

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Pakistan’s biggest testing lab’ at KU research centre established by Sindh govt

The Sindh government on Thursday said it has established a COVID-19 laboratory at Karachi University's International Centre for Chemical and Biological Research, which has been dubbed as 'Pakistan’s biggest testing laboratory’, with a capacity to conduct 800 tests on a daily basis. “Sindh has set up Pakistan's largest laboratory at Karachi University," Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah said, adding...

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Coronavirus in Pakistan: Nationwide tally rises to 10,811

Sindh on Thursday reported 298 cases of the virus to take the provincial tally to 3,671. According to Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, of the 298 cases, 202 were detected in Karachi and 96 in other districts. “There are 2,934 patients under treatment in Sindh at the moment,” Shah said. The number of confirmed cases in the country now...

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Coronavirus outbreak: China to give WHO $30 million more after US freezes funds

China on Thursday announced it will donate another $30 million to the World Health Organisation to help in the global fight against the coronavirus pandemic, days after Washington said it would freeze funding. "China has decided to donate another $30 million in cash to the WHO, in addition to the previous donation of $20 million, to support the global fight...

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