August 26, 2020 - 6:07 PM

CAA issues new SOPs for international, domestic flights

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has directed all scheduled and chartered airlines operators, ground handling agents and private operators to follow the standard operating procedure (SOP) for international, domestic and chartered flights until Oct 31.

According to the SOPs:

August 26, 2020 - 6:05 PM

Turkey’s new Covid-19 cases reach highest since mid-June

Turkey’s new coronavirus cases have jumped to their highest level since mid-June at 1,502, according to Health Ministry data, prompting the government to impose measures to combat the spread of the pandemic.

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said that 24 more people died from COVID-19, bringing the country’s death toll to 6,163.

Daily cases were last this high on June 15 — two weeks after Turkey lifted a partial lockdown — when the country logged 1,592 cases.

August 25, 2020 - 12:58 PM

Usain Bolt tests positive for COVID-19

World-record sprinter and eight-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt has tested positive for the coronavirus and is in self-quarantine at his home in Jamaica a week after celebrating his 34th birthday with a big, mask-free party, Al Jazeera has reported.

Earlier, Bolt posted a video to social media in which he said that he has taken the test and is quarantining just to be on the safe side. He added that he did not have any symptoms of COVID-19.

Stay Safe my ppl 🙏🏿

— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) August 24, 2020


August 25, 2020 - 12:37 PM

Virus-hit luxury Indian resort turns pool into fish farm
A luxury resort in southern India has turned its swimming pool into a fish farm to stop the business from sinking amid the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Normally the 150-metre (500-feet) pool at the Aveda Resort in Kerala state is packed with European tourists. Now thousands of pearl spot fish are causing the splash.
The complex was forced to shut in March when a nationwide coronavirus lockdown was ordered.
“We have had zero revenues, so in June, we put around 16,000 two-month-old pearl spot fish in the pool,” Aveda’s general manager Jyotish Surendran said.
The fish, which takes about eight months to reach full size, is a popular ingredient in dishes in southern India and the Middle East.
“We plan to harvest by November and will export to the Middle East,” Surendran said, predicting about four tonnes of pearl spots growing in the swimming pool could be worth $40,000 on the market.
While the makeshift farm would not cover the losses from the pandemic, which has driven many hotels to bankruptcy, Surendran was hopeful that the money would help cover basic bills so the business can keep running until tourists return.

A luxury resort in southern India has turned its swimming pool into a fish farm to stop the business sinking amid the coronavirus.
Normally the pool at the Aveda Resort is packed with European tourists. Now thousands of pearl spot fish splash about

— AFP news agency (@AFP) August 24, 2020


August 24, 2020 - 2:11 PM

Bali bans foreign tourists for rest of 2020

Foreign tourists won’t be allowed to visit Bali for the rest of 2020 due to coronavirus concerns.

According to AFP, the island’s governor announced the news and said that plans to open up the Indonesian island from next month have been scrapped.

“The situation in Indonesia is not conducive to allow international tourists to visit Indonesia, including […] Bali,” the island’s governor I Wayan Koster said in an official letter dated Saturday.

“The central government supports [Bali’s] plans to recover tourism by opening the doors for international tourists. However, this requires care, prudence, not to be rushed, and requires careful preparation,” it added.

The holiday hotspot re-opened beaches, temples and other tourism spots for domestic visitors at the end of July and had said it would let foreign tourists return on September 11.

August 24, 2020 - 2:09 PM

Pakistan makes international standard face shield for school children

Pakistan is successfully manufacturing international standard, economical face shields for kids and school-going children in order to protect them against the contagious coronavirus.

According to APP, SPEL has designed the face shield which was awarded the European Union CE certification for face shields to manufacture and export the protective item.

Zia Haider, the designer of the shield, said that prior to the designing of these protective masks, a series of result-oriented consultations with a panel of leading medical professionals was held. School principals were also brought on board to understand the psyche of the students so that they feel comfortable while wearing shields in class and their facial expressions are clearly visible to teachers.

Keeping in view the current circumstances, Haider disclosed that the company, on the personal request of Governor Punjab Muhammad Sarwar, has worked out an affordable price of Rs 150 for a shield so that even poor people can buy the shield.

He said that the kit is light-weight and can be washed with soap and water, provides full-face protection, is comfortable to wear, is breathable, and also provides the first level of defence against splashes and mist.

“It is made of a transparent PET sheet using indigenous technology and local resources,” stated a press release.

August 24, 2020 - 1:39 PM

US drug regulator authorises plasma treatment for coronavirus patients

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Sunday approved the use of blood plasma from recovered coronavirus patients as a treatment against the virus.

The move by the American authorities comes as President Donald Trump faces intense pressure to curb the contagion that has hobbled the world’s largest economy and clouded his once-promising prospects for re-election in November.

The plasma is believed to contain powerful antibodies that can help fight off the disease faster and help protect people from being seriously hurt by it.

“This product may be effective in treating COVID-19 and… the known and potential benefits of the product outweigh the known and potential risks of the product,” FDA said in a statement.

While the treatment has already been used on patients in the United States and other nations, the extent of its effectiveness is still debated by experts and some have warned that it could carry side effects.

August 23, 2020 - 7:52 PM

Zero COVID related deaths in Punjab second day in a row

Punjab has reported zero additional deaths from the coronavirus for the second day in a row, according to the government’s Covid-19 portal. The provincial death toll stands at 2,188 — the second-highest in the country.

Meanwhile, Punjab has recorded 121 new infections, taking the provincial tally to 96,178. According to the official data, 91,150 people have recovered from the virus so far.

August 23, 2020 - 7:50 PM

Women leaders better at fighting the pandemic: WEF

Women leaders are better at fighting the pandemic #coronavirus #women

— World Economic Forum (@wef) August 23, 2020


August 23, 2020 - 7:49 PM

Dr Yasmin Rashid expresses satisfaction over decreasing COVID-19 cases

Good results of Smart Testing after Eid ul Adha
Total of 59815 PCR tests conducted with only 0.16% positive.
For precautionary measures some areas still under Smart lockdown
We need to continue to be careful & to follow SOPs.#COVID19

— Dr. Yasmin Rashid (@Dr_YasminRashid) August 23, 2020


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