Coronavirus updates: Latest news on the COVID-19 pandemic from Pakistan and around the world

Coronavirus updates: Latest news on the COVID-19 pandemic from Pakistan and around the world

Nationwide confirmed COVID-19 cases jump past 301,000, death toll crosses 6,300; global death toll tops 910,000

  • Friday Sep 25 2020 | 03:55 PM

    Foreigners coming to Pakistan from Oct 5 will require negative PCR test: Dr Faisal

    By: Web Desk

    Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health Dr Faisal Sultan announced on Friday that international travelers coming to Pakistan from October 5 will require a negative PCR test.

    As per the details the 'mandatory negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test" must be taken within 96 hours of the travel date. 

    Only 38 countries have been exempted from showing the test result.

  • Friday Sep 25 2020 | 03:25 PM

    Iran, Russia discussing joint production of COVID-19 vaccine: agencies

    By: Reuters

    MOSCOW: Iran and Russia’s sovereign wealth fund are discussing the joint production of a vaccine against COVID-19, Russian news agencies cited the Iranian ambassador to Moscow as saying on Friday.

    The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) has said it is in talks with a number of countries about the possibility of producing the Russian ‘Sputnik-V’ vaccine abroad, and has signed a deal to manufacture 300 million doses in India.

    “We are holding talks, I spoke with the head of RDIF Kirill Dmitriev, our officials have held several rounds of consultations and we announced that we will co-operate,” Iran’s Ambassador to Moscow Kazem Jalali was quoted as saying.

    “We announced that we will co-operate in two-three areas. That includes joint production with Russia. Iran has great potential to produce the vaccine,” Jalali was quoted as saying.

    RDIF declined to comment on the Iran talks. RDIF has also struck several deals in recent weeks to supply the vaccine, which is currently being tested in a large-scale trial in Moscow, abroad.

    It has signed deals with Kazakhstan and two states in Brazil, and private pharmaceutical firms in India and Mexico.

    RDIF also said earlier on Friday it would supply 35 million doses to Laxisam, a pharmaceutical firm in Uzbekistan.

  • Friday Sep 25 2020 | 02:44 PM

    Israel slaps restrictions on flights in virus lockdown

    By: AFP

    TEL AVIV: The Israeli government decided Friday to limit outgoing flights as part of a slew of measures to bolster a second virus lockdown imposed last week.

    "The arrangement agreed upon enables leaving the country for whoever bought an airplane ticket prior to the beginning of the lockdown, ie today, the 25th, at 1400," Transport Minister Miri Regev said in a statement.

    "People who buy a ticket beyond then won't be able to use it," she said, noting Israelis would be able to return to the country "without limitations."

  • Friday Sep 25 2020 | 01:47 PM

    'COVID had courage to challenge me. Bad idea': Ibrahimovic positive for coronavirus

    By: AFP

    MILAN: AC Milan star Zlatan Ibrahimovic tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday but responded: "COVID had the courage to challenge me. Bad idea."

    "I tested negative to COVID yesterday and positive today," said Ibrahimovic, who turns 39 in a week's time, on Twitter.

    "No symptoms whatsoever. COVID had the courage to challenge me. Bad idea."

    The Swede is now self-isolating and missed the team's Europa League third qualifying round tie against Norwegian club Bodo-Glimt in the San Siro Thursday.

    The positive test is a blow for Ibrahimovic who has been in stunning form despite his advancing years.

  • Friday Sep 25 2020 | 01:04 PM

    Moscow mayor orders elderly to stay home as virus rebounds

    By: AFP

    MOSCOW: Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin on Friday ordered the elderly to stay at home and recommended employers allow home working after the Russian capital saw a sharp rise in virus cases.

    Sobyanin's message came after virus figures that had remained steady for several months climbed steeply in recent days in Russia, the world's fourth most affected country, and particularly in Moscow, where current case numbers are the highest since late June.

    Sobyanin said Muscovites over 65 years old should stay at home from Monday and shop rarely, while walks outside remain unrestricted.

    At the beginning of the virus lockdown, Sobyanin brought in harsh measures including cancelling seniors' free travel passes.

    "Unfortunately we see a significant increase in the number of confirmed cases in Moscow in recent days," Sobyanin said in his official blog.

    New coronavirus cases in Moscow on Thursday reached their highest level since June 23, at 1,050, and Sobyanin said there had a been a "serious" increase in hospital admissions.

    On Friday, he warned that simultaneously catching the common cold and the virus as winter approaches was particularly dangerous for elderly people and those with chronic illnesses.

    "So from September 28, we are asking you to stay at home," he said.

  • Friday Sep 25 2020 | 12:37 PM

    Rio postpones world-famous carnival over Covid-19

    By: AFP

    RIOD DE JANEIRO: Rio de Janeiro's world-famous carnival parades became the latest casualty of the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday as officials announced they were indefinitely postponing the February 2021 edition, with Brazil still reeling from COVID-19.

    Rio's carnival, the world's biggest, is an epidemiologist's nightmare in a pandemic: an extended festival of tightly packed crowds dancing through the streets and flocking to the city's iconic "Sambadrome" for massive parades featuring scantily clad dancers, small armies of drummers and all-night partying at close quarters.

    The event draws millions of tourists from around Brazil and the world to the beachside city each year.

    Rio's elite samba schools, which typically spend the entire year preparing their elaborate parades, had said in July it would be difficult to organise the event for February 2021 if there were still no certainty of a vaccine for the new coronavirus by late September.

    Meeting again to assess the situation, "we came to the conclusion that the event had to be postponed," said Jorge Castanheira, the president of the group that organizes the annual parades, the Independent League of Samba Schools of Rio de Janeiro (LIESA).

  • Friday Sep 25 2020 | 12:06 PM

    India's coronavirus infections surge to 5.82 million

    By: Reuters

    BENGALURU: India’s coronavirus case tally surged to 5.82 million after it recorded 86,052 new infections in the last 24 hours, data from the health ministry showed on Friday.

    A total of 1,141 people died of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, the ministry said, taking mortalities to 92,290, which is a relatively low 1.6% of all cases.

    Globally, India has the second-highest number of coronavirus cases, behind the United States where infections crossed 7 million on Thursday.

  • Friday Sep 25 2020 | 11:20 AM

    Pakistan reports 798 new cases, 7 deaths

    By: Web Desk

    Pakistan on Thursday reported 798 new cases of the coronavirus to take the number of infections in the country to 309,015.

    According to the national dashboard, there are 2,610 cases in AJK, 14,838 in Balochistan, 3,608 in GB, 16,324 in Islamabad, 37,525 in KP, 98,864 in Punjab and 135,246 cases in Sindh.

    The country also recorded 7 fatalities over the last 24 hours taking the nationwide death toll to 6,444.

  • Thursday Sep 24 2020 | 06:15 PM

    Sindh reports 401 cases, 6 deaths

    By: Web Desk

    KARACHI: Sindh on Thursday recorded 401 new cases and six more deaths from the coronavirus, said Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah in a statement.

    The CM said that COVID-19 claimed six lives in the last 24 hours lifting the provincial death toll to 2,477. While the total positive cases of the province rose to 135,246 after 401 new cases were reported.

    The CM also said that 95.4% or 129,101 patients have recovered from the virus and currently 3,668 patients are being treated in the province.

  • Thursday Sep 24 2020 | 06:00 PM

    France reports over 1,000 people in ICU due to coronavirus

    By: Reuters

    PARIS: The French health ministry reported on Thursday that number of people in intensive care due to the coronavirus jumped over 1,000 for the first time since June 8.

    The ministry also said that the number of people with COVID-19 in hospital was up by 136 to 5,932.