Important to strike balance between preventing spread of coronavirus and keep economy running: Asad Umar

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar said on Tuesday that it is important for the government to strike a balance between preventing the spread of the coronavirus and keeping the economy running. He made these remarks during a joint press conference with Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Hammad Azhar and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister...

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Doctors, nurses battling coronavirus presented with guard of honour by Punjab police

Punjab Police on Friday presented a guard of honour to the doctors and nurses performing their duties at Lahore’ Mayo Hospital on Friday. All around Pakistan, people have come out to balconies, rooftops, parks, and other public places, waving white flags to honour the doctors, nurses, and paramedics — the nation's heroes — battling the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Singing...

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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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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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