Pakistan in talks with IMF for additional Rs1.4bn amid coronavirus outbreak: Hafeez Shaikh

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is in talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for an additional sum of Rs1.4 billion owing to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh announced on Wednesday. "This sum [of additional money] is separate from the current programme", Dr Shaikh said, referring to the ongoing three-year IMF Extended Fund...

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Coronavirus outbreak: Sindh govt issues stricter provincial lockdown orders

Sindh Home Department in a notification on Wednesday said that no one will be allowed to come out on the roads after 8pm in the province. According to the notification, medical stores near hospitals will only be allowed to be be open after 8pm. It added that factories will be shut down for 13 days across the province. The department...

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New York hospitals treating coronavirus patients with vitamin C

Seriously sick coronavirus patients in New York state’s largest hospital system are being given massive doses of vitamin C — based on promising reports that it’s helped people in hard-hit China. Dr. Andrew G. Weber, a pulmonologist and critical-care specialist affiliated with two Northwell Health facilities on Long Island, said his intensive-care patients with the coronavirus immediately receive 1,500 milligrams of intravenous...

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Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus: Clarence House

Prince Charles on Wednesday tested positive for the coronavirus, as confirmed by the Clarence House. The 71-year-old Prince of Wales was diagnosed with the infectious disease, according to a statement released by Clarence House. The heir to the throne, has been under self-isolation in Scotland since the outbreak of the disease and is said to be “in good health” otherwise....

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China’s symptom-free coronavirus carriers raise fears of new wave of infections

The existence of a substantial but unknown number of asymptomatic carriers of coronavirus in China has raised concerns among the public that people could still be spreading Covid-19 without knowing they are sick. As the virus continues to wreak havoc across the world, China is close to declaring victory and is already easing travel restrictions. The border of Hubei province,...

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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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