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Pakistan reports 1,102 coronavirus cases, eight deaths confirm

  • March 26, 2020

417 cases have been diagnosed in Sindh, 323 in Punjab, 131 in Balochistan, 121 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 84 in Gilgit-Baltistan, 25 in Islamabad; and one in Azad Jammu and Kashmir. On other hand 21 patients have been recovered from coronavirus.

Coronavirus: Sindh Govt decides to purchase machines

Chief Minister of Sindh Murad Ali Shah said that Sindh needed 5,000 more ventilators to deal with a health emergency, but in the first phase, he was approving the purchase of 290 ventilators, 3.2 million Personal Protective Equipment, 100 Rapid Kit Antigen Test Machines, 100,000 testing kits, 50 RT Lamp Testing Machines, 10,000 RT Lamp Kits and 29 portable X-ray machines.

Role of Media to Combat Coronavirus

Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has advised electronic media to curtail fear syndrome among masses while covering news related to coronavirus.

Read more: COVID-19: PEMRA advises electronic media to promote optimism

The authority asked the channels to invest their energies and resources in mobilizing the whole nation for prevention and necessary measures to curb this menace.

Govt permits Islamabad to Gilgit Skardu domestic flight operation 

The government has decided to permit domestic flight operation to and from Islamabad International airport for Gilgit and Skardu from today till 2nd of next month.

Coronavirus effect on Olympic

The Tokyo Olympics are to be postponed until 2021 after talks between Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, and the International Olympic Committee president, Thomas Bach.

“We agreed that a postponement would be the best way to ensure that the athletes are in peak condition when they compete and to guarantee the safety of the spectators,” Abe told reporters shortly after his conversation with Bach, adding that the Games would be held by the summer of 2021.

Coronavirus diagnosis in international  personalities 

The Prince of Wales has tested positive for coronavirus and is working from home with mild symptoms.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will quarantine herself at home after being treated by a doctor who has since tested positive for the novel coronavirus, AFP quoted a government spokesman as saying.

“[Merkel] has decided to quarantine herself immediately at home. She will be tested regularly in the coming days (and) fulfil her official business from home,” Steffen Seibert said in a statement.

It could take some time to determine whether the chancellor is herself infected as “a test would not yet be fully conclusive,” Seibert said.

On other hand, Former movie producer Harvey Weinstein, who is serving a prison sentence for sexual assault and rape, has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the head of the state corrections officers union.

Weinstein, 68, has been placed in isolation at Wende Correctional Facility, said Michael Powers, president of the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association.

Powers said he learned that the test came back positive on Sunday morning and is concerned about the corrections officers, who he said lack proper protective equipment. Several staff have been quarantined, Powers said.

A Clarence House spokesman said he was “displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual”


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