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KARACHI: The current account and trade deficits have witnessed a massive decline during the first eight months of the ongoing fiscal year 2019-20 as compared to the same period of the previous year, ARY NEWS reported. According to the details shared by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), the current account deficit witnessed a 71 percent decline during the first eight months and stood at US$2.84
SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook said Wednesday it would place ?authoritative? coronavirus content at the top of user feeds as it scrambled to keep up with increased usage and stem the flow of misinformation on its platform and WhatsApp messaging. The leading social network said it has nearly doubled server capacity to power WhatsApp as people in isolation place more voice and video calls using the popular messaging service.
NEW YORK: The United States is to deploy military hospital ships to fight the coronavirus, Donald Trump said Wednesday, as he likened himself to a ?wartime president? and invoked a Korean War-era law. As America and Canada announced they were closing their border to non-essential travelers, New York governor Andrew Cuomo said Trump was dispatching the navy?s 1,000-room USNS Comfort to the city?s harbor.
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) suffered over Rs4 billion loss owing to suspension of its flight operations to different counters amid coronavirus outbreak, ARY News reported. Meanwhile, Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) suffered Rs2.5 billion loss during the last 10 days, sources said. The sources maintained that empty aircraft were being sent to Saudi Arabia to bring back the Pakistani pilgrims.
Geo.tv/Files ISLAMABAD/PESHAWAR: A second patient of coronavirus has died, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Minister Taimur Khan Jhagra confirmed late Wednesday. Twitter/Taimur Khan Jhagra (@Jhagra)/Screenshot via Geo.tv "Sadly, a second patient in LRH Peshawar, a 36 yr old, from Hangu, has also passed away, from the Corona Virus," Jhagra wrote, less than an hour after Pakistan reported its first coronavirus death.
Aljazeera The United States on Wednesday called on both the Taliban and the Afghanistan government to move ahead with their prisoner swap deal as the novel coronavirus continues to spread around the globe, triggering economic collapses and creating health crises. US Special Representative for Afghan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad tweeted that both sides should move forward with the prisoner release "as soon as possible".
UNICEF More than 850 million young people, or about half the world's student population, are barred from their school and university grounds because of the novel coronavirus, UNESCO said on Wednesday. Calling it an "unprecedented challenge," UNESCO said schools had been closed in 102 countries, with partial closures in 11 more ? with more closures to come.
Reuters Associate Professor of Microbiology at Dow University Hospital, Dr Yahya Noori, has stressed that social isolation is the best way to prevent the coronavirus from spreading. Dr Noori's statement comes at a time when the nation's tally of COVID-19 patient is nearing 300, according to official figures. Speaking to Geo.tv
People stand in a queue for registration at a coronavirus registration and screening counter in Islamabad installed by PIMS. ? ONLINE photo by Sultan Bashir 1 GILGIT: The first death from COVID-19 was reported in Pakistan on Wednesday when a patient in Gilgit-Baltistan succumbed to the disease. According to GB government spokesperson Faizullah Faraq, the deceased was a 90-year-old man.
RAWALPINDI: Four army men were martyred and seven terrorists were killed during an intelligence-based operation (IBO) in North Waziristan, the military's media wing said on Wednesday. The Inter-Services Public Relations in a statement said: "During operation, 7 terrorists killed. In intense exchange of fire, 4 security forces personnel embraced shahadat including an officer, while 1 soldier got injured."