Coronavirus: Pakistan’s confirmed cases mounts to 1,871 with 76 patients recovered

The total number of coronavirus cases rose to 1871 on Tuesday in Pakistan with the country reporting 76 recoveries from the disease. Coronavirus has killed 25 people in Pakistan. The cases in Sindh soared to 627 today, 658 in Punjab, 153 in Balochistan and 221 in KP. In Islamabad, 58 cases have been confirmed and Gilgit-Baltistan has confirmed 148. Azad...

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Nation will battle the coronavirus with two key elements: faith, young population, says PM Imran

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday addressed the nation, saying that he had not imposed the lockdown across the country as the poor would suffer. "If we cannot provide food to the people of the country, then this lockdown will not be successful," he said. "Look at India. Their prime minister said sorry to the people today for imposing...

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ECC approves Rs1200bn coronavirus relief package by PM Imran

The Economic Coordination Committee on Monday approved the Rs1200 billion economic relief package announced by Prime Minister Imran Khan last week. The meeting of the committee was chaired by Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh. The package was given the final shape so it can be presented before the cabinet for approval when it meets...

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Dr Mirza, Wahab announces raising recoveries from coronavirus nation-wide

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Zafar Mirza on Monday said that the number of patients tested positive for the coronavirus over the past day had decreased compared to the previous twenty-four hours. "99 people were tested positive for the virus over the past day. In the coming few days, more and more positive virus patients will start recovering...

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Sindh minister Ghani recovers from coronavirus

KARACHI: Sindh Minister for Education and Labour Saeed Ghani on Monday said that his report for the coronavirus had come back negative after he isolated himself following a positive diagnosis for the virus earlier this month.

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Coronavirus kills 117, infects 3186 people during 24 hours in Iran

TEHRAN: Iran´s official coronavirus death toll reached 2,757 on Monday and the number of infections crossed 40,000, as President Hassan Rouhani´s political opponents slammed his response to the outbreak. The Islamic republic is one of the countries worst hit by the virus, which originated in China. Iran has been scrambling to contain COVID-19´s spread since it reported its first cases...

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Train services to remain suspended amid coronavirus outbreak: Sheikh Rashid

Railways Minister Shaikh Rashid has said that passenger trains will not operate throughout the country for the time being as the service was suspended following the outbreak of the coronavirus in Pakistan. The minister, while talking to media at Rawalpindi station, shared that the cabinet will tomorrow decide on the amount that will be given to the underprivileged through the...

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Coping with anxiety during COVID-19

By: | Saira Ashraf Kanjoo | _______________________________________________________________________________ The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has presented an unusual challenge for mankind. It spread across planet earth within days, leaving everyone in a state of shock. People were unprepared to deal with the challenges in the wake of its outbreak. As a consequence, many people are experiencing fear and uncertainty. The sudden onset...

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Thought provoking drama ‘Messiah’ cancelled by Netflix after just one season

Netflix has opted not to renew provocative drama Messiah for a second season, the series co-star Wil Traval revealed via Instagram recently. “It’s a very sad day today,” he wrote. “I have just received news from Netflix that there will be no season 2 of Messiah I wanted to say to all the fans thank you for your support and love. I wish...

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Locally transmitted coronavirus cases continue to rise in Karachi

KARACHI: Sindh government reported six new locally transmitted cases of the novel coronavirus in Karachi on Monday, taking the provincial tally up to 508. According to Meeran Yousuf, media coordinator to the health and population welfare minister, there are a total of 177 cases of local transmission. Most of the cases reported from Sindh have been those of pilgrims who...

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Trump extends ‘social distancing’ guidelines until April 30

President Donald Trump on Sunday extended his stay-at-home guidelines until the end of April, dropping a hotly criticized plan to get the economy up and running by mid-April after a top medical adviser said more than 100,000 Americans could die from the coronavirus outbreak. The reversal by Trump, which he said would be disclosed in greater detail on Tuesday, came...

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Spain hardens restrictions as coronavirus death toll mounts, lockdown extension looms in Italy

Spain prepared to enter its third week under near-total lockdown on Sunday, as the government approved a strengthening of measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus and the death toll rose by 838 cases overnight to 6,528. Second only to Italy in fatalities, Spain also saw infections rise to 78,797 from 72,248 the day before. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez,...

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Coronavirus crisis: SC suspends all high court orders regarding release of prisoners

The Supreme Court on Monday suspended orders issued by the high courts relating to the release of under-trial prisoners amidst the coronavirus outbreak in the country. In its order, the top court said: “No further order shall be passed by any of the high courts and by any of the provincial governments/ICT/Gilgit-Baltistan of releasing the prisoners from the jails.” It...

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Coronavirus: Confirmed cases in Pakistan rise to 1,670

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Pakistan rose to 1,670 on Monday after 45 new cases were reported in Punjab. According to a spokesperson of the Punjab Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department, the provincial tally now stands at 638. National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser has urged the people to stay at home and practice social distancing in the wake...

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Here’s a delightful take by British-Pakistani poetess on coronavirus outbreak

MANCHESTER: A shopkeeper’s funny take on the coronavirus through poetry has gone viral on social media after it was widely shared on the platform. If you have been on social media for the last few days (which we know you are) then you might have come across a video of a lady reading a poem on coronavirus. Shamshad Ghani,...

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How the novel coronavirus became a social media nightmare

The biggest reputational risk Facebook and other social media companies had expected in 2020 was fake news surrounding the US presidential election. Be it foreign or domestic in origin, the misinformation threat seemed familiar, perhaps even manageable. The novel coronavirus, however, has opened up an entirely different problem: the life-endangering consequences of supposed cures, misleading claims, snake-oil sales pitches and...

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