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 227,000, death toll crosses 4,600; global death toll tops 525,000

  • Saturday Jul 04 2020 | 11:58 PM

    WHO reports record daily increase in global coronavirus cases, up more than 212,000

    By: Reuters

    The World Health Organisation has reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases, with the total rising by 212,326 in 24 hours.

    The biggest increases were from the United States, Brazil and India, according to a daily report here The previous WHO record for new cases was 189,077 on June 28. Deaths remained steady at about 5,000 a day.

    Global coronavirus cases exceeded 11 million on Friday, according to a Reuters tally, marking another milestone in the spread of the disease that has killed more than half a million people in seven months.

  • Saturday Jul 04 2020 | 11:09 PM

    WHO halts hydroxychloroquine, HIV drugs in COVID trials after failure to reduce death

    By: Reuters

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that it is discontinuing its trials of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and combination HIV drug lopinavir/ritonavir in hospitalised patients with COVID-19 after they failed to reduce mortality.

    The setback came as the WHO also reported more than 200,000 new cases globally of the disease for the first time in a single day. The United States accounted for 53,213 of the total 212,326 new cases recorded on Friday, the WHO said.

    “These interim trial results show that hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir produce little or no reduction in the mortality of hospitalised COVID-19 patients when compared to standard of care. Solidarity trial investigators will interrupt the trials with immediate effect,” the WHO said in a statement, referring to large multicountry trials that the agency is leading.

  • Saturday Jul 04 2020 | 10:32 PM

    Lahore, Pakistan — Punjab's positive cases down from 23% to 13%, says spokesperson

    By: Web Desk

    Punjab government spokesperson Musarrat Cheema has said that Punjab's positive cases have seen a decline from 23% to 13% in the last month.

    "The commitment our healthcare and rescue workers showed in this crisis is why we are still ahead in this crisis. They deserve all our gratitude," Cheema said.

  • Saturday Jul 04 2020 | 10:22 PM

    Peshawar, Pakistan — KP reports 337 new infections, 18 deaths

    By: Web Desk

    The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa health department has notified a rise in the province's infections by 337, taking the total to 27,843.

    It said that 18 more people have died of the disease, bringing the death toll to 1,020.

  • Saturday Jul 04 2020 | 10:17 PM

    Quetta, Pakistan — Balochistan records 49 new infections, one more deaths

    By: Web Desk

    The Balochistan health department has reported 49 new infections, taking the provincial total to 10,766.

    One death was also reported, taking the death toll to 123.

  • Saturday Jul 04 2020 | 09:50 PM

    Islamabad, Pakistan — PM's aide on health lauds NCOC's efforts in battling coronavirus

    By: Web Desk

    Prime Minister Imran Khan's aide on health, Dr Zafar Mirza has lauded the efforts by the National Command and Operations Centre in the nation's fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

    "NCOC has boosted coordination across all stakeholders," he said.

  • Saturday Jul 04 2020 | 09:17 PM

    Islamabad, Pakistan — Capital's recovery rate reaches 69%

    By: Web Desk

    Islamabad's recovery rate reached 69% after 201 people recovered from coronavirus, the district health office said.

  • Saturday Jul 04 2020 | 09:04 PM

    Bangkok, Thailand — Boxing matches resume after lockdown, but audiences stay home

    By: Reuters

    Thai boxing matches resumed on Saturday after more than three months as the nation eases its coronavirus lockdown, but fans of the popular sport will have to make do with watching on television for now.

    Leaders of the sport hailed the return to the ring after the shutdown, which left hundreds of boxers and referees without work, and said they hoped spectators would be allowed to attend matches again soon.

    “I’m very happy and excited to get back to the ring ... But I feel a bit strange. I was used to the sounds of crowds cheering, but there’s no audience,” said Khathawut Tumthong, a 21-year-old boxer.

    “Today is a good start for the boxing industry,” said Viboon Jampa-nguern, head of Thailand’s boxing committee.

    “Boxers are in jeopardy, they don’t have alternative jobs. The same goes for those who work as boxing referees, they don’t have second jobs to support them,” he said.

  • Saturday Jul 04 2020 | 08:52 PM

    Islamabad, Pakistan — PM Imran visits NCOC as it completes 100 days of its establishment

    By: Web Desk

  • Saturday Jul 04 2020 | 08:34 PM

    Pune, India — Man wears gold face mask to ward off coronavirus

    By: AFP

    An Indian man said he paid about $4,000 for a bespoke gold face mask to protect him from the coronavirus raging in the country.

    Businessman Shankar Kurhade wears a facemask made of gold and being worth 289,000 rupees ($4,000) amid concerns over the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, in Pune on July 4, 2020. — AFP

    The precious metal covering weighs 60 grams (two ounces) and took craftsmen eight days to make, said businessman Shankar Kurhade, from the western city of Pune.

    “It is a thin mask and has tiny pores that is helping me to breathe,” Shankar told AFP.

    “I am not sure if it will be effective to protect me from a coronavirus infection but I am taking other precautions,” he added.

    When going out, the 49-year-old said he likes to adorn himself with gold jewelry weighing a kilogramme, including a bracelet, necklace and rings on each finger of his right hand.

    “People are asking me for selfies,” he said.

    “They are awestruck when they see me wearing the gold mask in markets.”