Deaths surges in New York to more than 1,900

New York rushed to bring in an army of medical volunteers on Wednesday as the statewide death toll from the coronavirus doubled in 72 hours to more than 1,900 and the wail of ambulances in the otherwise eerily quiet streets of the city became the heartbreaking soundtrack of the crisis. As hot spots flared around the US in places like...

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Coronavirus crisis: Sindh govt bans congregational prayers in mosques till April 5

KARACHI: The Sindh government banned congregational prayers in mosques across the province from March 27, 2020 till April 5, 2020. The announcement was made by Sindh information minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah. "Only three to five persons will be allowed to offer prayers in mosques," he said. He said that the provincial government had decided to impose a ban on...

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Newsone Bulletin 6PM | 26-3-2020

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Govt decides to ‘restrain’ congregational prayers amid coronavirus pandemic

ISLAMABAD: The federal government has decided to 'restrain' Friday congregational prayers as new cases of the novel coronavirus continue to emerge across the country. "It has been decided with a consensus that Friday prayers will be 'restrained'," said Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Dr Noor-ul-Haq Qadri during a news conference. "Only mosques' administration staff and a limited number of worshippers...

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PM Imran visits isolation centre in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan visited on Thursday an isolation centre in Islamabad and was briefed about the arrangements by the chairman of National Disaster Management Authority. The 50-bed isolation centre has been made for patients who have contracted the coronavirus. During his visit, the premier also performed ground-breaking of an isolation hospital and Infectious Diseases Treatment Center established by the...

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Saudi Arabia tells Pakistan to not prepare Hajj agreement amid coronavirus epidemic

RIYADH/ISLAMABAD: Saudi Arabia on Thursday told Pakistan not to prepare a Hajj agreement this year as the coronavirus panic spreads throughout the world, according to a letter received from the kingdom. In the letter sent to Religious Affairs Minister Noor-ul-Haq Qadri, Saudi Hajj and Umrah Minister Dr Mohammad Saleh bin Taher Benten said there should be no agreement this time...

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Medical experts to arrive in Pakistan to help combat coronavirus: Chinese vice minister

BEIJING: Vice Minister of China’s National Health Commission Zeng Yixin announced on Thursday that Beijing will send a team of medical experts to Pakistan to work closely with the health authorities and provide assistance and expertise in their fight against the coronavirus pandemic. “As required by Pakistani side, China is preparing a medical team to visit Pakistan and this team of...

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Newsone Bulletin 3PM | 26-3-2020

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Shehbaz unveils plan to combat coronavirus

LAHORE: PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday unveiled a plan to ensure the uninterrupted supply of food and medicines across Pakistan amid a virus lockdown. The plan envisions the use of utility stores for the purpose of ensuring continuity of food supplies to different districts. "Citizens should use phone lines and mobile phone applications to order food and medicines to...

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Dollar surges to Rs166 in interbank market amid coronavirus outbreak

The value of the United States dollar against the rupee rose Rs4.4 to Rs166 in the interbank market on Thursday at 1:31pm. A day earlier, the dollar touched Rs161.6 agai­nst the rupee from Rs159 on close of business on Tuesday, according to the ready rates provided by the State Bank of Pakistan. The SBP’s latest data had revealed that outflow of investment...

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NCC meets today to discuss lockdown outcomes, coronavirus scenario

The National Coordination Committee (NCC) on the coronavirus epidemic will meet today with Prime Minister Imran Khan in the chair to review the implementation of decisions taken by the National Security Committee. The participants will take stock of the situation arising from the stricter measures adopted by provincial authorities to limit the virus. The NCC was formed earlier this month...

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