Coronavirus

WHO says it was first alerted to coronavirus by its office, not China The World Health Organization on Friday said it was was alerted by its own office in China, and not by Beijing about the coronavirus  cases in Wuhan. The UN health body has been accused by US President Donald Trump of failing to […]

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Pompeo asks China to allow access to sensitive lab. WASHINGTON: United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday pressed China to allow inspectors into sensitive laboratories, voicing concern about their security amid the global COVID-19 pandemic. Pompeo has refused to rule out that the deadly virus leaked out of a laboratory in the Chinese […]

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PM pleads for smart lockdown instead of shutdown ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan Thursday said the government was considering the option of imposing a smart lockdown in the country to wisely provide relief to the labour class, daily wagers and lower-middle strata of the society and protect the masses from the virus. Speaking here at […]

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  PIA halts operations from Karachi, rejects reports of pilots infected with COVID-19 The News/via Geo.tv/Files ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) on Sunday halted its operations from Karachi, citing a lack of consensus on the government-issued directives, and rejected reports that its pilots had contracted the novel coronavirus. In a statement issued Sunday, the […]

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NDMA chairman says 2,000 additional ventilators to be sought from China ISLAMABAD: National Disaster Management Authority Chairman Lt Gen Mohammad Afzal said on Monday that  keeping in view the need of the country during the coronavirus pandemic, 2,000 additional ventilators would be sought from China. The Parliamentary Committee on Coronavirus Monitoring held its first meeting […]

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ADB forecasts Pakistan’s GDP to shrink, sees rise in inflation in 2020 Pakistan’s GDP growth rate will shrink to 2.6% from 3.3%, while inflation will remain around 11.5% for 2020, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) projects in its latest report released on Friday. The Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2020 report noted that Pakistan, compared to […]

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Google reports on mobility trend changes in Pakistan during coronavirus lockdown Tech giant Google has released reports on social distancing and mobility pattern changes in Pakistan among other countries, as the world observed strict lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Google provided the reports to help give an idea of movement across countries […]

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World Bank approves Rs33 bn to help Pakistan counter COVID-19 ISLAMABAD: The World Bank’s (WB) Board of Executive Directors on Thursday approved $200 million (Rs33.31 billion) package to help Pakistan take effective and timely action to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by strengthening the country’s national healthcare systems and mitigating socioeconomic disruptions. According to WB’s […]

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Coronavirus death toll passes 20,000, three billion under lockdown More than three billion people around the world were living under lockdown on Wednesday as governments stepped up their efforts against the coronavirus pandemic which has left more than 20,000 people dead. As the number of confirmed cases worldwide soared past 450,000, UN Secretary General Antonio […]

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China, US to help Pakistan fight coronavirus ISLAMABAD: To help Pakistan face the daunting challenge of fighting the coronavirus, China and the United States have emerged as leading partners, despite the fact that both these major world powers are themselves fighting this deadly disease on a large scale. China besides providing $4 million to build […]

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