Virtual lockdown imposed in Islamabad to contain spread of coronavirus

ISLAMABAD: The administration of the federal capital on Wednesday imposed strict measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus amid a rise in the number of positive cases from the city. According to health officials, 15 people have been confirmed to have contracted the virus in Islamabad. On Tuesday, the District Magistrate of Islamabad notified the closure of all markets, shopping...

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25 dead as Sikh religious complex in Kabul attacked: Afghan ministry

KABUL: Atleast 25 people died and 8 were wounded as a Sikh religious complex in the Afghan capital of Kabul was attacked by unidentified gunmen and suicide bombers on Wednesday, the Afghan government said. According to the government, all the attackers were killed by the Afghan security forces. Several hours after the early morning attack was launched, Interior Ministry spokesman...

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Fuel prices reduced, stipend approved for daily earners as PM Khan unveils Rs1.2tr virus relief package

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday unveiled a financial relief package worth around Rs1.2 trillion to ward off the negative impact of the coronavirus on the country and the economy. The package included a reduction in the prices of petrol, diesel and kerosene by Rs15 per litre, the approval of a Rs3,000 monthly stipend for daily wage earners, and...

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Pakistan celebrating 28th anniversary of 1992 World Cup triumph

Web Desk: Pakistan is celebrating the 28th anniversary of 1992 World Cup victory today. On this day Pakistan beat England in the final by 22 runs to lift the cup for the first time. The 1992 World Cup was the first major international tournament to be played with white ball and black side screens as many matches were played under...

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7.2-magnitude earthquake rocks Russia’s Far East, sparks tsunami alert

A 7.2-magnitude quake has struck Russia’s Far East region, striking off the Kuril Islands and prompting a tsunami warning for the sparsely populated region. The quake was felt across the region on Wednesday afternoon local time, with a depth of 56.7km (35 miles). There are no reports of damage or casualties as of yet. The earthquake triggered a tsunami alert in...

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Coronavirus: Punjab reports second death as number of confirmed cases in Pakistan mounts to 1,039

The number of deaths from the coronavirus rose to eight on Wednesday after one new death was reported in Punjab. The national dashboard, maintained by the federal ministry of health, reported that another patient of coronavirus had passed away taking the nation-wide toll to eight. The dashboard has not specified in which province the death has taken place. However, the...

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India to go into complete lockdown from midnight, says Modi

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that the country will go into complete lockdown for a period of 21 days beginning on Wednesday after midnight. “If we are not able to manage the upcoming 21 days, we will be pushed back 21 years,” Modi said. The country had been in a partial lockdown for several days, with the so-called...

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Hantavirus, amid coronavirus outbreak, claims a man’s life in China

Hantaviruses in the Americas are known as "New World" hantaviruses and may cause hantaviruses pulmonary syndrome (HPS). As China saw a decrease in the daily count of new coronavirus Covid-19 cases, another virus has taken the life of a man from Yunnan Province. In a recent tweet by China's Global Times, "A person from Yunnan Province died while on his...

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How long can coronavirus live on surfaces or in the air?

The coronavirus can live for three days on some surfaces, like plastic and steel, new research suggests. Experts say the risk of consumers getting infected from touching those materials is still low, although they offered additional warnings about how long the virus survives in air, which may have important implications for medical workers. The new study, published Tuesday in the New...

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SBP scuts interest rate to 11% over ‘considerable uncertainty’ amid coronavirus epidemic

KARACHI/ISLAMABAD: The State Bank of Pakistan on Wednesday announced yet another cut in the interest rate, this time slashing it by 1.5% to 11%, saying there was "considerable uncertainty" over the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. In a press release, it said the move aimed "to facilitate businesses and exporters who seek loans frequently from commercial banks to run their...

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