ADB approves $300mn loan to Pakistan to help mitigate coronavirus impact

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $300 million emergency assistance loan to strengthen Pakistan’s public health response to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and help meet the basic needs of vulnerable and poor segments of society. “The COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant detrimental impact on the health and economic prospects of the people of Pakistan,” said ADB Vice-President...

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Chinese scientists believe new drug can stop COVID-19 outbreak ‘without vaccine’

A Chinese laboratory has been developing a drug it believes has the power to bring the coronavirus pandemic to a halt. The outbreak first emerged in China late last year before spreading across the world, prompting an international race to find treatments and vaccines. A drug being tested by scientists at China's prestigious Peking University could not only shorten the...

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‘Supreme Court less concerned about money being spent on coronavirus but the quality of services being provided’

The Supreme Court of Pakistan questioned the authorities on Tuesday regarding the provision of facilities at the coronavirus quarantine centres across the country to isolate and treat patients. The five-member bench of the apex court resumed hearing the suo moto case today, where the National Disaster Management Authority’s Chairman LT Gen Mohammad Afzal was also present. “The videos on social...

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Coronavirus Lockdown: Unlike Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan carry on public transport ban

Public transporters have refused to resume transport services in Sindh and Balochistan after inter-city and intra-city public transport resumed partially in Punjab on Monday. In Balochistan, the government and transporters failed to reach an agreement on the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the resumption of public transport. The transporters also refused to reduce fares and the number of passengers at...

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As Turkish TV show fascinates Pakistani audience, celebs lock horns in Ertugrul debate

Turkish series Dirilis: Ertugrul has gained popularity overnight in Pakistan. However, it has also triggered a debate on social media in Pakistan about whether or not foreign content will harm the local industry or no. A few celebrities extolled the series as an insightful peek into Islamic history while others called it a "threat to local culture". The big-budget series, that documents...

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By using coronavirus situation in Pakistan; mosques, madressahs are being targeted: Wafaq ul Madaris

The coronavirus pandemic has been used to stoke sectarian tensions and provoke people, said a joint press release from the Wafaq ul Madaris Al Arabia Pakistan on Tuesday. The ulema said that the behaviour exhibited by government officials, representatives and targeting of the religious community is condemnable. "Using the coronavirus situation in Pakistan, mosques, madressahs and religious matters are being...

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