Pakistani government has decided to implement new standard operating procedures (SOPs) for airports at international arrivals in order to improve measures for containing coronavirus pandemic, ARY News reported on Sunday. The new directives will be applicable on all passengers and flight crew with immediate effect. Under the SOPs, all persons will be screened as per practice upon arrival of international flights.

PESHAWAR: PTI leader and member of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Assembly Abdul Salam Afridi said on Sunday he has recuperated from the novel coronavirus, reported ARY News. He said his latest test for COVID-19 was declared negative and thanked Allah Almighty over recovery from the illness. The lawmaker said he would soon be available to serve the people of his constituency.

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar said he cannot make any prediction regarding the end or continuation of the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown across the country, ARY News reported on Sunday. Asad Umar, while addressing a press conference at National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), said that no predictions could be made regarding the restrictions amid COVID-19 crisis would be lifted after April 14 or not.

SUKKUR: 66 more patients recovered from the coronavirus pandemic at the Sukkur quarantine facility on Sunday, according to a spokesperson for the provincial government. The recovered patients twice tested negative for COVID-19 and will be allowed to go home today. The spokesperson said they belonged to different districts of the province that has so far reported 881 cases of COVID-19.

ISLAMABAD: China on Sunday reiterated its appreciation over the support from Pakistan in fight against coronavirus pandemic, ARY News reported. In a series of tweets, Chinese embassy in Pakistan said that Beijing would like to do its best to collaborate with the world against the virus. “The Chinese government, companies and society have been working hard to help the world.

ISLAMABAD: The 25-member parliamentary committee constituted for monitoring and supervision of COVID-19 situation will meet under the chair of Speaker National Assembly (NA) Asad Qaiser on Monday (tomorrow), ARY News reported. Asad Qaiser has summoned a meeting of the 25-member parliamentary committee on coronavirus pandemic at Parliament House tomorrow. Finance adviser Abdul Hafeez Shaikh will give a briefing to the committee over economic and trade situation besides giving detailed information regarding the federal government’s economic plan.

LAHORE: Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Operation has issued a new order for grocery and general stores to strictly follow precautionary measures in view of COVID-19 cases, ARY News reported on Sunday. The owners of the stores have been directed to maintain a distance of at least 1 metre between customers.

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office on Sunday dismissed as irresponsible remarks by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs on Prime Minister Imran Khan’s tweet condemning the recent Indian steps to illegally change the demographic profile of India-occupied Jammu and Kashmir. Spokesperson Ayesha Farooqui said the latest Indian action, aimed at further usurping the fundamental rights of the Kashmiri people through changing the domicile law at a time when the world is busy fighting COVID-19 pandemic, once again betrays the BJP leadership?s rank political opportunism and moral bankruptcy.

ISLAMABAD: In an effort to provide useful information to persons and families who are in quarantine owing to novel coronavirus, President Dr. Arif Alvi on Sunday launched ‘Mohafiz’ app, ARY News reported. According to the detail, President Alvi inaugurated the app during a ceremony at Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad today. The mobile application will provide complete information, precautions and guidance to the people living under quarantine.

Dr Sania Nishtar at a press conference. Photo: APP ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation D Sania Nishtar announced on Sunday that the payment process for the Ehsaas Emergency Cash Programme will commence from Wednesday. The prime minister?s aide was speaking at a news conference during which she said that the programme had been initiated to support the poor and the daily wagers who were going through economic hardships due to the coronavirus lockdown across the country.