- Pakistan’s Covid-19 tally has crossed 2,000
- The country recorded 2 consecutive days of highest sing-day jumps in cases
- Deaths due to coronavirus have reached 27 in Pakistan
- With new recoveries reported, at least 80 people have recovered so far
- Raiwind has been locked down to curtail the virus’s spread
- Movement of Tableeghi Jamaat members has been restricted in Sindh
- The White House has projected 100,000 to 240,000 coronavirus deaths in the US
The number of Covid-19 cases in Pakistan have crossed 2,000 with the country recording the biggest single-day jump in the tally for the 2nd consecutive day. New cases came in from all parts of the country with Sindh and Punjab frequently switching places as the provinces hit worst by the virus.
Numerous new cases were detected among Tableeghi Jamaat members across the country. In view of this, IGP Sindh Mushtaq Ahmed Mahar directed police officers in the province to restrict the movement of Tableeghi Jamaat members, declaring their marakiz as temporary quarantines. Raiwind went into complete lockdown too after a mosque was found to be housing affected patients.
At the same time, reports of recoveries kept arriving with Pakistan’s tally of people who recovered from the novel coronavirus crossing 80. As for the death toll, the virus has claimed 27 lives so far in the country with the government coronavirus portal classifying 12 cases as critical.
In the US, the coronavirus fatalities have exceeded China’s with the toll now crossing 4,000. That means the US now has the third-highest death toll after Italy and Spain, and the highest number of coronavirus cases in the world with more than 188,000 patients.
The White House on Tuesday projected 100,000 to 240,000 deaths in the United State from the coronavirus pandemic even if current social distancing guidelines are maintained. Meanwhile, Spain, the United Kingdom, and France each reported their biggest overnight jump in deaths since the start of the pandemic.
Here are the latest updates:
27 more recover in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
KP has recorded a full recovery of another 27 coronavirus patients.
The total number of people who have recovered from the virus in the province stands at 29.
2 more deaths reported in KP
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa health authorities have reported deaths of another two coronavirus patients, one each in Bannu and Nawshera.
This brings KP’s provincial death toll to 8.
KP reports 23 new cases
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s health department has confirmed the addition of another 23 coronavirus cases to its tally.
PM launches Ehsaas Emergency Cash initiative
Prime Minister Imran Khan has launched the Ehsaas Emergency Cash initiative to minimize the economic impact of Covid-19 on the poor.
The Prime Minister just launched the @Ehsaas_PK Emergency Cash initiative in response to #COVID19, the largest-ever social protection initiative in the history of Pakistan. 12 million families (72 million individuals) will receive Rs. 12,000 each. Total cost Rs. 144 Billion. pic.twitter.com/JaAS8jt1rE
— Sania Nishtar (@SaniaNishtar) April 1, 2020
6 new cases reported in Balochistan
Balochistan has reported 6 new cases taking the provincial tally to 164.
This takes Pakistan’s national tally to 2,118.
Wimbledon canceled due to Coronavirus
It is with great regret that the AELTC has today decided that The Championships 2020 will be cancelled due to public health concerns linked to the coronavirus epidemic.
The 134th Championships will instead be staged from 28 June to 11 July 2021.https://t.co/c0QV2ymGAt
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) April 1, 2020
Sindh reports another death
Sindh has reported another Covid-19 death, Sindh’s Minister for Health and Population Welfare Dr Azra Pechuho has confirmed.
The victim was a 59-year-old resident of Karachi with a recent travel history of Saudi Arabia.
Lockdown restrictions in Pakistan to remain till April 14: Asad Umar
Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar has said that the restrictions imposed across the country to curb the spread of Covid-19 will remain in place till April 14.
21% of Covid-19 patients in Pakistan have recovered fully: Zafar Mirza
SAPM on Health Dr. Zafar Mirza has said that about 21% of Pakistan’s coronavirus patients have already fully recovered.
He added that the tally of Pakistan’s coronavirus recoveries has now climbed to 82.
Sindh reports 33 new cases
33 new coronavirus cases have emerged in Sindh taking its provincial tally to 709.
Govt to allow special flight to bring back stranded Pakistanis
The govt is set to allow a special flight that will bring back Pakistanis stranded abroad on April 4.
The news was confirmed by the Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar. He informed that the plane will land in Islamabad and all passengers will be tested and quarantined as per the new protocol.
Thailand launches fast-track COVID-19 strip test
VIDEO: Thailand launches a COVID-19 strip test, aiming to circumvent the standard test with a fast-track alternative which can provide results within 10-15 minutes. The test's main goal is to help expand the capacity of virus testing options within Thailand pic.twitter.com/IB4Oj4hDgp
— AFP news agency (@AFP) April 1, 2020
8 new coronavirus cases emerge in Punjab
Punjab has reported 8 new cases of the novel coronavirus taking the provincial tally to 748.
The new numbers take Pakistan’s national tally to 2,079.
PM urges youth to join Corona Tiger Force
I want our youth to play their role in helping our fight against the COVID 19 by joining our Corona Tiger Force which will be organised to do jihad against the suffering caused by this pandemic
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) April 1, 2020
KP reports 8 new recoveries
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa health department has confirmed the recovery of 8 more coronavirus patients.
With this, the province’s recovery tally has reached 10. The dept says that 117 zaireen will also be released from the Gomal camp tomorrow.
Good news from KP. We have 8 recoveries from D I Khan quarantine camp for Zaireen. Total recoveries in province at 10 now. 117 zaireen in Gomal camp will also be released tomorrow. Quarantine on 190 people in Peshawar after a death was reported in Safaid Deri will also be lifted.
— Health Department KP (@HealthKPGovt) April 1, 2020
Islamabad’s Rimsha Colony now de-sealed
Reopening of Rimsha Colony in Islamabad has been ordered by the District Health Office.
The colony was one of the three localities in Islamabad that were sealed after cases of coronavirus appeared there.
CM Punjab visits 1,000-bed field hospital set up at Expo Center
CM Punjab Usman Buzdar has visited the one-thousand-bed field hospital set up in a record time of 9 days at the Lahore Expo Center.
The hospital houses a triage, ICU, and rescue services among other facilities.
PM Imran Khan asks public to contribute to coronavirus fund
Prime Minister’s COVID-19 Pandemic Relief Fund-2020 has been set up to help us fight this pandemic. I want everyone to donate towards this fund which will be used to take care of all those who have been made destitute by the lockdown.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) April 1, 2020
Punjab reports 32 new cases
32 new coronavirus cases have emerged in Punjab.
The provincial total now stands at 740.
FACT CHECK: Viral message about this coronavirus vaccine is fake
Recently, a number of social media handles posted images of a new COVID-19 vaccine, which has sparked a wave of new hope and happiness among the people. The same has also been forward on instant messaging apps like WhatsApp.
To everyone’s disappointment, the image used in such posts is not a vaccine. However, it is a quick 10-minute testing kit developed by a Korean company Sugentech.
Read the full story here.
Journalists to get a dedicated coronavirus app soon: Firdous Ashiq Awan
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan has said that the govt is in the works to launch a mobile app for the journalist fraternity to provide them with data related to the affected journalists.
The govt has also prepared special protective kits from journalists in collaboration with NDMA, she added.
GB considers conferring Pakistan’s highest civil award on Dr Osama Riaz
Governor Gilgit Baltistan Raja Jalal Hussain has approved a summary requesting to grant Pakistan’s highest civil award to Osama Riaz, a young doctor who lost his life while being on the frontline of the coronavirus fight.
گلگت: گورنر گلگت بلتستان راجہ جلال حسین مقپون @GovernorGB نے شہید ڈاکٹر اٌسامہ ریاض کو پاکستان کا اعلیٰ سِول ایوارڈ سے نوازنے کی سمری منظور کرلی۔
— Information Department Gilgit-Baltistan (@IDGB_Official) April 1, 2020
New York’s Empire State Building pays tribute to medical workers fighting coronavirus
New York's Empire State Building was lit up like an ambulance siren on Monday night in tribute to medical workers fighting coronavirus.
— CNN (@CNN) April 1, 2020
Italy extends lockdown until Easter
Italy has extended its lockdown until Easter, but there is some hope as the country reports a declining infection rate.
The number of new coronavirus infections reported on Monday was 1,648, as opposed to 3,815 the previous day.
The death toll, however, rose again, with 812 deaths reported, compared with 756 the day before.
3 more in Sindh test negative
Another three coronavirus patients have tested negative for coronavirus taking the number os recoveries in the province to 54.
Another 3 patients have recovered & their corona virus test has come negative. Now the total number of recovered patients in Sindh stand at 54. People should learn that isolation or social distancing is the only cure to corona virus. These 54 isolated themselves, can you?
— SenatorMurtaza Wahab (@murtazawahab1) April 1, 2020
AJK reports 3 new cases
Azad Jammu and Kashmir has recorded another 3 coronavirus cases in the areas of Bhambore and Trarkhel.
With the new numbers, the AJK tally has risen to 9 so far.
PIA mulls partial resumption of international flights from tomorrow
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is mulling a partial resumption of international flight operations starting tomorrow. National Security Committee (NSC) and Foreign Office are expected to give formal approval to national flag carrier today.
Following a sharp increase in the Coronavirus cases, PIA had decided to suspend international flights till March 28.
Read the full story here.
HEC to inspect the quality of online classes
In response to a number of complaints regarding online classes in some universities, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has asked for detailed information on the courses in order to inspect the quality of the content, delivery, and connectivity.
This was stated by HEC Chairman, Tariq Banuri. He said that if a university is found unable to deliver good quality online lectures, they will be directed to halt such lectures until the requisite conditions are met.
Read the full story here.
Murree Brewery wants to manufacture hand sanitizers instead of alcohol
Pakistan’s most prominent manufacturer of alcoholic products, Murree Brewery, has asked for permission from the Government of Punjab to manufacture alcohol-based hand sanitizers in order to meet the demand of the consumers who are eager to protect themselves against coronavirus pandemic.
In his letter, the Chief Executive of Murree Brewery Company Isphanyar M Bhandara requested the Punjab Director General of Excise and Taxation to give permission to his company to manufacture/sell alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
Read the full story here.
Rawalpindi reports another coronavirus death
A 50-year-old coronavirus patient in Rawalpindi with a recent history of travel to the UK has lost the battle against the virus.
The death was confirmed by Deputy Commissioner Anwarul Haq who said that the patient’s results came positive today after he died last night.
WHO advice for home-caregivers of Covid-19 patients
Ensure ill person rests, drinks plenty fluids & eats nutritiously
Wear😷when in same room
Use dedicated🍽️🥛towel & bedlinen for ill person
Disinfect surfaces touched by ill person
📞healthcare facility if person has difficulty breathing pic.twitter.com/5TphNdYMC9
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) March 31, 2020
3 sealed localities in Islamabad to reopen
Bhara Kahu, Shehzad Town, and Rimsha Colony (H-9) localities of Islamabad are to reopen as the ICT administration has decided to de-seal the areas.
The said localities were sealed to curtail the spread of the virus after coronavirus cases were confirmed in these areas.
UAE lifts ban on WhatsApp & other VoIP services due to Covid-19
Last week, UAE lifted the ban and made Microsoft Teams, Skype for Business, Zoom, and Blackboard publicly available throughout the country.
A week after that, the government, realizing the importance of working from home in these testing times, has lifted the ban of Google Hangouts Meet, Cisco Webex, Avaya Spaces, BlueJeans, and Slack as well.
Read the full story here.
DI Khan reports first two cases
Dera Ismail (DI) Khan on Wednesday reported the city’s first two coronavirus cases as the pandemic firms its grip on the country.
The confirmation was made by the city’s district administration. The two patients – brother and sister – do not have a travel history and as many as 12 of the people who recently came into contact with them have been put under quarantine.
GB reports 36 new cases
36 new cases have been reported in Gilgit Baltistan taking the region’s tally to 184.
This takes Pakistan’s national tally to 2,031.
Islamabad coronavirus tally revised to 54
The government Covid-19 portal has revised the ICT virus tally to 54 from the previous 58.
Coronavirus ‘worst crisis’ since WWII: UN Chief
The United Nations chief has warned the coronavirus pandemic presents the world with its “worst crisis” since World War II, with the number of dead in the United States now higher than in China and hard-hit countries in Europe reporting their highest number of deaths in a single day.
We must respond decisively – with shared responsibility & global solidarity – to stop the spread of #COVID19 and the devastation it is causing everywhere.
— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) March 31, 2020
US overtakes China in coronavirus death toll
With deaths crossing 4,000, the US has overtaken China in coronavirus fatalities.
The country is now the epicenter of the pandemic with over 188,000 confirmed cases and deaths projected at 100,000 to 250,000.
Pakistan’s coronavirus tally exceeds 2,000
The Covid-19 tally in Pakistan has crossed 2,000 as numerous new cases were reported on Tuesday from different parts of the country.
Tuesday was the second consecutive day when Pakistan saw the biggest single-day jump in Covid-19 cases.
Watch the onetime coronavirus epicenter Wuhan cautiously getting back to life
VIDEO: The coronavirus ground-zero city of Wuhan is cautiously reopening after a two-month lockdown. People with a clean COVID-19 medical record are allowed to go to supermarkets, whilst big malls are starting to open – but some transport controls still remain in place pic.twitter.com/H5VihAKV27
— AFP news agency (@AFP) March 31, 2020
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