September 13, 2020 - 3:43 PM

Hamza Shahbaz tests positive for Covid-19 in prison

PML-N leader Hamza Shahbaz has contracted coronavirus in prison. Hamza’s father and PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif tweeted that his son has been diagnosed with Covid-19 in jail.


میرے بیٹے حمزہ کو جیل میں کورونا ہوگیا ہے۔ مشرف دور میں نیب مقدمات کا ڈٹ کر مقابلہ کرنے کے بعد وہ اب نیب نیازی گٹھ جوڑ کے سیاسی انتقام کا انتہائی جراتمندی و ثابت قدمی سے سامنا کر رہا ہے۔ میری آپ سب سے درخواست ہے کہ حمزہ کی جلد صحتیابی کے لئے خصوصی دعا فرمائیں۔ جزاک اللہ خیر۔

— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) September 13, 2020

September 11, 2020 - 3:25 PM

Brazil’s Bahia state to test Russia’s vaccine

The Brazilian state of Bahia signed an agreement to conduct phase-three clinical trials for Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine against Covid-19 and plans to buy 50 million doses to market in Brazil, officials said.

Governor Rui Costa said a confidentiality agreement was signed on Tuesday to undertake the trials and Bahia will receive an initial 500 doses as soon as Brazil’s health regulator Anvisa approves the protocol for testing.

If the trials that are expected to start in October are successful, Bahia will look to market the Russian vaccine in Brazil through its pharmaceutical research centre Bahiafarma, the state’s health secretary Fabio Vilas-Boas said in a statement.

September 11, 2020 - 3:21 PM

15 new cases in China are all imported

China reported 15 new coronavirus cases at the end of Thursday, up from seven cases a day earlier.

The National Health Commission said in a statement all of the cases were imported infections involving travellers from overseas, marking the 26th straight day of no local infections.

September 11, 2020 - 3:20 PM

BBC poll shows stark divide between rich and poor countries

The coronavirus pandemic has hit poorer countries harder than the rest of the world, sowing inequality globally, according to a BBC poll.

The survey of nearly 30,000 people shows how different countries have been affected by the pandemic, six months after it was confirmed on 11 March.

The financial toll was a major issue, after lockdowns damaged economies worldwide.

A drop in income was reported by 69% of respondents in poorer countries, in comparison to 45% in richer ones, the poll found.

Overall, the research found that people in Latin America, Asia and Africa were more likely to say the virus had had a considerable impact on them than those living in Europe and North America.

People in Kenya (91%), Thailand (81%), Nigeria (80%), South Africa (77%), Indonesia (76%), and Vietnam (74%) were most likely to have been affected financially.

September 11, 2020 - 3:17 PM

India reports global record daily jump of 96,551 cases

India reported another record daily jump of 96,551 coronavirus cases, which is also the highest global daily increase, taking its caseload to 4.5 million.

Deaths have remained relatively low, but are seeing an upward trend. As many as 1,209 people died from Covid-19, India’s health ministry said, taking total deaths to 76,271.

September 9, 2020 - 1:34 PM

China holds ceremony to celebrate win against coronavirus

China’s leaders held a triumphant ceremony to celebrate beating the coronavirus on Tuesday, as billions of people around the world still suffer the fallout from the pandemic and the global death toll nears 900,000.

The upbeat mood in Beijing comes as concerns grow about a resurgence of Covid-19 across Europe, with France tightening restrictions, cases in Britain spiking and schools resuming around the region in recent days.

But in China, the virus has been all but banished through a combination of lockdowns and travel restrictions earlier in the year that have officials touting the nation as a coronavirus success story.

President Xi Jinping said China had passed “an extraordinary and historic test” during an awards ceremony for medical professionals decorated with bugle calls and applause.

“We quickly achieved initial success in the people’s war against the coronavirus,” Xi said.

“We are leading the world in economic recovery and in the fight against Covid-19.” The nation’s propaganda machine has been attempting to seize the narrative surrounding the pandemic, reframing the episode as an example of the agility and organisation of the Communist leadership.

Xi had stern words for China’s doubters, saying “selfish moves, any buck-passing and deeds that confuse right and wrong” risked inflicting damage across the world.

Beijing is also touting progress on its vaccines as a sign of global leadership and resilience.

China put its homegrown Covid-19 vaccines on display for the first time at a Beijing trade fair this week and authorities hope the jabs will be approved for use by year-end.

The vaccines are among nearly 10 worldwide to enter phase 3 trials, typically the last step ahead of regulatory approval, as countries race to stub out an illness that continues to ravage large parts of the globe.

China has passed "an extraordinary and historic test" with its handling of the #coronavirus, President Xi says at awards ceremony for medical professionals

📸 General Chen Wei, who led a team working on developing a COVID-19 vaccine, receives an award

— AFP news agency (@AFP) September 8, 2020


September 8, 2020 - 3:31 PM

UN reports 42 virus cases among Syria staff, families

More than 40 members of UN staff and their families have caught coronavirus in Syria, a UN official told AFP, warning the illness was spreading in the war-torn country.

There were about 200 people including “staff and dependents, spouses, children, parents, who have displayed symptoms of Covid-19,” said Jens Laerke, spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

“From these 200, there are 42 staff and dependents who have been confirmed positive with Covid-19,” he added, speaking to AFP from Geneva, without specifying the nationalities of the infected personnel.

September 8, 2020 - 3:27 PM

India reports highest number of deaths in a month

India has reported the most deaths from coronavirus in a month.

The health ministry says 1,133 people died of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, lifting the total death toll to 72,775.

The number of cases was 75,809, the lowest daily figure in a week.

September 8, 2020 - 2:53 PM

New study reveals 9 out of 10 people infected with coronavirus in Karachi were asymptomatic

A new study by Aga Khan University (AKU) researchers has revealed that 9 out of 10 people infected with coronavirus in Karachi were asymptomatic. Karachi reported the most number of COVID-19 cases in the past.

According to the study – conducted by AKU faculty to investigate COVID-19’s prevalence in parts of the city with high and low rates of transmission in the community during April and June 2020 – 95% of those who tested positive for COVID-19 through blood tests, which register the presence of antibodies to fight the disease, reported feeling no symptoms such as a cough, fever or sore throat.

The research report, prepared in collaboration with US-based international collaborators Dr Bailey Fosdick and Dr Daniel Barremore, noted that “the proportion of asymptomatic cases in Pakistan is much higher than in the developed world”.

September 8, 2020 - 2:24 PM

David and Victoria Beckham reportedly tested postive for coronavirus

David and Victoria Beckham reportedly caught coronavirus after going out partying in Los Angeles.

According to reports, several relatives and staff members of the couple also caught the virus.

The ‘outbreak’ came after the launch of David’s new football club Inter Miami. A source close to the family said that the situation was an “absolute nightmare” for Posh, who feared that her family were the ‘super spreaders.’

Recounting how the diagnosis came about, the source said: “David started to feel ill and then Victoria developed a sore throat. At the same time, several of their team including drivers, bodyguards, and assistants fell ill — a couple of them very badly so. Victoria really panicked and made the whole family quarantine rigidly for more than two weeks.”

The two are reported to have recovered now.

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