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ISLAMABAD: The number of novel coronavirus cases on Thursday surged to 299 in Pakistan with two confirmed deaths of persons returned home from foreign countries. The deceased persons were belonging to KP’s Mardan and Hangu. The deceased man Saadat Khan, resident of Mardan had been tested positive for coronavirus on March 17 after arriving back to Pakistan from Saudi Arabia post performing Umrah on March 9.
ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi stressed need to form a volunteer force in Pakistan like China to fight coronavirus besides calling the nationals to show unity in a difficult time, ARY News reported on Wednesday. President Dr Arif Alvi, in a video message, said China was facing isolation and extreme criticism from West after the spread of coronavirus.
ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr Zafar Mirza has confirmed the death of first Pakistani due to coronavirus pandemic, ARY News reported on Wednesday night. Dr Zafar Mirza said in a Twitter message that a 50-year-old man from Mardan, who recently returned from Umrah and detected with coronavirus, has passed away today.
QUETTA: In a step to meet coronavirus-related expenses, the Balochistan government has decided to establish ?COVID-19 Fund?, ARY News reported. In a tweet, Balochistan?s Finance Minister Mir Zahoor Ahmed Buledi on Wednesday said that the provincial government will donate one billion rupees for the fund. He maintained the provincial ministers will donate one month salary in the ?COVID-19 Fund?, adding the government officials will also contribute to the fund.
LAHORE: At least five new cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) were reported in Punjab, rising the tally of such patients in province to 33, ARY News reported. A spokesperson of the Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department (P&SHD) said that all the coronavirus patients were admitted in the isolation wards. He maintained that 24 suspected patients of coronavirus were shifted to the isolation wards, adding that the patients were under observation.
KARACHI: The Sindh government has ordered more closures as it banned the entry of inter-city public transport and barred employees of different government departments to curb coronavirus, ARY News reported on Wednesday. The provincial authorities have issued notifications regarding the closures which will come into effect from Thursday (tomorrow). The government has shut 25 departments from March 19 to April 03 in its latest decision.
PARIS: Hollywood star Tom Hanks has caught it, and so has French World Cup winner Blaise Matuidi and now veteran Afro jazz star Manu Dibangola ? the new coronavirus has hit even the rich and famous as it continues its relentless march across the globe. Here is a roundup of some well-known personalities who have tested positive for COVID-19 around the world.
ISLAMABAD: Former Pakistan?s High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit on Wednesday claimed that the Sharif family had business interests in India as Suleman Shehbaz used to occasionally call him to grant visas to different personalities from the neighbouring country, ARY NEWS reported. ?Suleman Shahbaz called me at least once in a month to grant visas to Indian personalities,? he said adding that even at some time they had to issue visas on an emergency basis within two days.
PARIS: French police handed out over 4,000 fines Wednesday to people for violating an order to stay at home, on the first full day of a lockdown aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus in the country. ?Since this morning, we have begun procedures and 4,095 people were booked (for violating the rules),? Interior Minister Christophe Castaner told TF1 television.
MURREE: As part of preventive measures against the spread of novel coronavirus, the government has shut all the hotels in Murree for an unidentified period, ARY News reported. According to the details, the hotels were stopped from booking and the tourists were directed to vacate the rooms till 9 a.m.