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Punjab reports 484 coronavirus cases, 8 deaths in last 24 hours


July 17, 2020

va LAHORE: Punjab reported 484 new cases of the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, raising the provincial number of infections to 89,023, according to Capt retired Muhammad Usman, secretary of the Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department. Eight more people died from the infection during this period, taking the total deaths to 2,059. He further stated that with 7,368 tests …

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EU in talks with three drugmakers to secure possible COVID-19 vaccines


July 17, 2020

BRUSSELS: The European Union is negotiating advance purchase deals of potential COVID-19 vaccines with drugmakers Moderna, Sanofi and Johnson & Johnson and biotech firms BioNtech and CureVac, two EU sources told Reuters. The talks follow a deal reached in June by four EU states with AstraZeneca for the upfront purchase of 400 million doses of its potential COVID-19 vaccine, in …

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Before hack tore through Twitter, online forum offered accounts for sale


July 17, 2020

Before a hacking campaign tore through Twitter and compromised some of its most high-profile users, an ad went up on a gray market site that facilitates the trade of user accounts for many popular websites including Twitter. For $250 in digital currency, the seller promised they’d reveal the email linked to a Twitter account. And for $2,500, the buyer would …

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Australian researchers invent 20-minute coronavirus blood test


July 17, 2020

SYDNEY: Researchers in Australia have devised a test that can determine novel coronavirus infection in about 20 minutes using blood samples in what they say is a world-first breakthrough. The researchers at Monash University said their test can determine if someone is currently infected and if they have been infected in the past. “Short-term applications include rapid case identification and …

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Pakistan’s first online squash coaching course begins


July 17, 2020

KARACHI: Pakistan’s first online squash coaching course was launched here on Thursday with Commissioner Karsachi Iftikhar Shallwani inaugurating it in a simple ceremony. The online course of two weeks duration will see scores of squash players and coaches attending it from across the country. It has been jointly organised by Pakistan Sports Welfare Association (PSWA) and Sports for Life. The …

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England struggle after losing Archer in dramatic fashion


July 17, 2020

MANCHESTER: England captain Joe Root fell cheaply on his return to international cricket following the dramatic withdrawal of fast bowler Jofra Archer from the second Test against the West Indies at Old Trafford on Thursday. In a match they have to win to square the three-match series at 1-1, England were forced to leave out Archer before first day’s action …

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Qatar set to host snooker events this year


July 17, 2020

KARACHI: Qatar is likely to host back-to-back international snooker tournaments in Doha later this year. A decision in this regard was taken during an online video meeting held the other day by International Billiards and Snooker Federation (IBSF) with president Mubarak Al-Khayarin in the chair. According to details, Qatar has offered to host IBSF World Championships — men’s and women’s …

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IOC remains fully committed to staging Olympics in 2021


July 17, 2020

BERN: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) remains fully committed to staging the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2021 and is considering multiple scenarios for them to take place safely, its president Thomas Bach said late on Wednesday. Japan and the IOC postponed the Tokyo Games until 2021 in March because of the global novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Organisers have since …

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Govt to launch Rs400bn construction projects by year-end: minister


July 17, 2020

ISLAMABAD: To pave the way for economic growth, the government has decided to launch over Rs400 billion construction projects by the end of this year. “Construction projects worth Rs400 billion would be initiated by the end of December this year,” Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Shibli Faraz said at a press conference on Thursday after the second meeting of …

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