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KARACHI: The spokesperson to the Sindh government, Senate Murtaza Wahab, has said that the province will keep 200,000 N95 face masks received from China earlier today and distribute the remaining stock among other provinces to assist combating coronavirus pandemic, ARY News reported on Wednesday. Senator Murtaza Wahab confirmed in a Twitter message that the Sindh government has received 500,000 N95 masks from China today.
TEHRAN: Iran?s president warned that his government was poised to introduce tough new measures against the coronavirus Wednesday as the death toll from one of the world?s deadliest outbreaks topped 2,000. President Hassan Rouhani said that the new measures, which could be adopted as soon as Wednesday evening, included Iran?s first restrictions on movement to try to stem the spread of the virus and were likely to be ?difficult? for the public.
KARACHI: Amid rising number of coronavirus cases in the country, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Wednesday urged the federal government to take stronger steps against the pandemic, ARY News reported. Addressing a press conference through video link in Karachi, Bilawal Bhutto asked the Centre to lead the drive against Covid-19 and take more measures before it’s too late.
LONDON: A global stocks rally petered out Wednesday as Europe took up the baton, despite US lawmakers agreeing a mammoth stimulus package to help the world?s biggest economy resist effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. After huge gains for equities Tuesday, which continued into Wednesday with Tokyo soaring and European indices jumping at the open, London lost some of its gains and Frankfurt was in the red nearing the half-way stage.
NEW DELHI: More than one billion Indians went into lockdown Wednesday, leaving a third of the planet now under orders to stay at home, as the United States vowed to spend $2 trillion to counter the economic harm of the coronavirus. Europe remains at the heart of the epidemic, with first Italy and now Spain?s death toll overtaking that of China, while Britain?s Prince Charles became the latest prominent figure to test positive for the COVID-19 disease.
WAH CANTT: In an effort to help the masses in fight against novel coronavirus, Federal Minister for Defence Production Zubaida Jalal on Wednesday said that Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF) has started massive production of disinfectant and fabric masks, ARY News reported. Talking to journalist, Zubaida Jalal said that the factory has acquired the ability to manufacture 25,000 masks and 10,000 liters of disinfectant on a daily basis.
PARIS: France?s stay-at-home orders to combat the coronavirus outbreak have produced a 20 to 30 percent decline in overall air pollution levels in Paris, according to a report from the region?s air quality monitoring agency. The lockdown has taken countless cars and delivery trucks off the roads since coming into effect on March 17, and massively reduced the number of flights at the two airports serving the capital.
HONG KONG: Asian equities soared again Wednesday after US lawmakers finally agreed a mammoth stimulus package to support the world?s top economy against the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. While the deadly disease continues to spread, traders have a rare semblance of optimism after weeks of carnage across global markets, with eyes fixed on Washington where lawmakers in the early hours thrashed out an emergency bill worth as much as $2 trillion ? around 10 percent of US gross domestic product.
MOSCOW: For the past six days, Ayomuddin Kamolov has slept on the tiled floor of a Moscow airport, hoping to get a flight to his native Tajikistan. He is one of hundreds of Central Asian migrant workers stranded in the Russian capital?s airports after borders were sealed and flights grounded to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
RAWALPINDI: Police on Wednesday arrested 25 people including a Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader from a funeral for violating the lockdown imposed from Rawalpindi authorities to tackle coronavirus outbreak, ARY NEWS reported. According to details, the police carried out a raid in Sohawa area of the city and arrested people who gathered to attend a funeral.