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India’s virus surge pressures Modi to impose strict lockdown


May 7, 2021

With coronavirus cases still surging to record levels, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is facing growing pressure to impose a harsh nationwide lockdown amid a debate whether restrictions imposed by individual states are enough. Many medical experts, opposition leaders and some of the Supreme Court judges have suggested the lockdown seems to be the only option with the virus raging in cities and towns, …

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Three isolation centres set up in Islamabad for expats returning home


May 7, 2021

ISLAMABAD: The capital administration has set up three centres to isolate expatriates coming to Pakistan in case they test positive of Covid-19. Additional Deputy Commissioner Islamabad (East) Babar Sahib Din told that the three quarantine facilities had been set up one each at OGDCL building, Marriott and Redison hotels. The isolation facility is available free of cost at the OGDCL …

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Traders ‘warn of clashes’ with LEAs if business disallowed


May 7, 2021

LAHORE: All Pakistan Anjuman Tajiran (APAT) has ‘warned of clashes’ between the small traders and law-enforcement agencies (LEAs) in the provincial capital on the issue of a complete lockdown starting from May 8 (tomorrow) in the wake of Covid-19 restrictions. The traders’ body has also urged the government to better follow business policy of the Saudi government that allows opening …

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Covid-19 deaths record slight decline


May 7, 2021

ISLAMABAD: As compared to the previous day, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) reported on Thursday the number of new Covid-19 cases detected in the country remained largely unchanged, but there was a decrease in the number of persons who died of the dreaded disease. According to the data revealed by NCOC, 4,198 people tested positive for coronavirus and …

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US backs giving poorer countries access to Covid-19 vaccine patents, reversing stance


May 6, 2021

US President Joe Biden on Wednesday threw his support behind waiving intellectual property rights for Covid-19 vaccines, bowing to mounting pressure from Democratic lawmakers and more than 100 other countries, but angering pharmaceutical companies. Biden voiced his support for a waiver — a sharp reversal of the previous US position — in remarks to reporters, followed swiftly by a statement …

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Covid spreading in rural India; record daily rises in infections, deaths


May 6, 2021

India reported a record 412,262 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday and a record 3,980 daily death toll, as a second wave of infections swamps the health system and spreads from cities into the vast countryside. Covid-19 infections in the world’s second most populous nation have surged past 21 million, with a death toll of 230,168, health ministry data show. Government …

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AJK also imposes restrictions on Eid


May 6, 2021

MUZAFFARABAD: The Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) government on Wednesday announced imposition of lockdown in the name of “mobility control measures” from May 8 to May 16 in the light of the decisions made by National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) late last month. All businesses and shops would remain closed during the lockdown except those dealing with essential services …

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Karachi markets yet to see oxygen shortage, panic buying


May 6, 2021

KARACHI: Despite a sudden and rapid increase in coronavirus cases in the city over the last couple of weeks, the demand for oxygen cylinders — essentially required for Covid-19 patients in critical condition — appeared normal so far as the main medical market of vital medical supplies has not witness panic buying of oxygen. “The Lucky Star medical market would …

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Private lab claims two cases of South African variant found in Punjab


May 6, 2021

LAHORE: A private pathology laboratory claims to have detected two cases of the South African variant of coronavirus in Punjab and also confirmed predominance of the UK variant here during the third wave of the pandemic. It stated that a research was carried out by the lab’s departments of virology and molecular genetics for which 62 Covid-19 samples had been …

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Number of active Covid cases falls by 7pc in less than fortnight


May 6, 2021

ISLAMABAD: While about 4,000 people contracted Covid-19 in a single day, the number of active cases has fallen by seven per cent in less than a fortnight, according to data issued by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Wednesday. The concentrate of a vaccine has reached the National Institute of Health (NIH) where the vaccine will be produced. …

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