Tag - Covid-19

Germany to drop COVID mask requirement

Berlin: On September 6, Health Minister Karl Lauterbach announced that Germany would soon drop mask requirements on commercial flights introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision came after flagship airline Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) complained that the rule was no longer enforceable. Authorities would focus instead on making sure people wear face-and-mouth coverings on public transport in Germany, Lauterbach added.

Covid-19 hits China’s tech hub

Shenzhen: On Sept 2, the main districts of Chinese tech hub Shenzhen shut down public transport and extended curbs on public activities as cities across China battled COVID-19 outbreaks. Six districts comprising the majority of the city's population of almost 18 million announced that all residents would be tested twice for COVID-19 over the weekend. Subway and bus services were also suspended.

NIH releases health measures against Covid-19

On Sunday, the National Institute of Health, Islamabad (NIH) advised strict adherence to standard operating procedures (SOPs), including mask wearing and social distancing during Muharram gatherings. Pakistan reported only a single death from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, the NIH data showed Sunday morning.

COVID-19 remains a global health emergency: WHO

London: On July 12, the World Health Organization said that COVID-19 would remain a global emergency, nearly 2-1/2 years after it was first declared. The Emergency Committee, made up of independent experts, said in a statement that rising cases, ongoing viral evolution, and pressure on health services in several countries meant that the situation was still an emergency. "COVID-19 is nowhere near over," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual press conference. "As the virus pushes at us, we must push back," he added.

Masks made compulsory on domestic flights

Given the increasing increase in COVID-19 cases across the nation, Pakistan's aviation regulator has mandated masks for domestic flights, according to a statement. The order was issued a day after Karachi, the largest city in Pakistan, announced that its COVID-19 positivity ratio—the percentage of positive cases among all tests—rose to 21% from a national figure of 2.8 percent. The Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) issued the statement late on Sunday. "With immediate effect, mask wearing will be required onboard domestic flights."  

Covid-19 positivity rate reaches 21.23pc

The positivity rate in Karachi, Pakistan's financial hub, alarmingly rose to 21.23 percent on Thursday as Covid-19 cases resurge around the nation. 53 city residents tested positive for the virus on June 16 according to data from the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC). On June 22, however, 138 persons in the city tested positive, more than doubling the number of cases within a week (Wednesday).  

Shahrukh Khan and Katrina Kaif test positive for Covid-19

According to the Hindustan Times, Bollywood actors Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif have tested positive for Covid-19. The actors are the most recent celebrities to get the virus, having been seen at ace filmmaker Karan Johar's 50th birthday party last month. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee verified Khan's positive test for Covid. The senator wished the Zero star a speedy recovery after rumours surfaced that he had tested positive for Covid-19.  

North Korea reports first Covid-19 case, declares emergency

State media said Thursday that North Korea had confirmed its first-ever case of COVID-19 and declared a "severe national emergency," with leader Kim Jong Un vowing to "eliminate" the virus. Since the start of the epidemic in 2020, the impoverished, nuclear-armed country has maintained a strict coronavirus blockade along its borders. According to the official Korean Central News Agency, samples retrieved from fever-stricken patients in the capital were "consistent with" the virus's highly transmissible Omicron variant.  

Covid-19: Pakistan reports 3 deaths and few new cases

According to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), Pakistan reported three deaths due to the pandemic on Friday, after two days of zero Covid-19 deaths. According to the report, 329 new cases of the viral disease emerged out of 29,790 samples analysed during the same time period, with a positivity rate of 1.10 percent. The total number of confirmed cases is 1,523,401, including a death toll of 30,336, according to the country's main platform in charge of Covid response.  

Covid-19 positivity rate falls below 1 percent

According to the government's database, 228 new cases of the Covid-19 epidemic have surfaced in Pakistan in the last 24 hours. Two more persons have died as a result of the viral sickness, bringing the total number of people who have died to 30,333, according to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC). After the addition of 228 new infections, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases has risen to 1,522,419 cases.  

China’s soaring Covid-19 cases fuel concern about cost of containment

Beijing: On March 15, China posted a steep jump in daily Covid-19 infections with new cases more than doubling from a day earlier to hit a two-year high. It has raised concerns about the rising economic costs of its tough measures to contain the disease. According to the National Health Commission, a total of 3,507 domestically transmitted cases with confirmed symptoms were reported across more than a dozen provinces and municipalities, up from 1,337 a day earlier. Most of the new cases were in the northeastern province of Jilin.

Rain, Covid-19 dampen Pakistan-Australia test preparations

Inclement weather along with Injuries and positive Covid-19 cases has taken the lead on the eve of the historic first Test between Pakistan and Australia in Rawalpindi. The rain in Rawalpindi today kept both teams in their hotels and more rain is forecast for the last three days of the Test match. Moreover, There’s at least one positive Covid-19 case in both the camps, with Pakistan fast bowler Haris Rauf ruled out of the first Test. Australia’s spin bowling consultant Fawad Ahmed also tested positive and would remain in isolation for the next five days.

Queen Elizabeth tests positive for Covid-19

It emerged that the 95-year-old Queen Elizabeth II has tested positive for COVID and has “mild” symptoms. Buckingham Palace announced in a statement the 95-year-old British monarch would continue to perform light duties. “Buckingham Palace confirms that the queen has today tested positive for COVID,” the statement said. “Her Majesty is experiencing mild cold-like symptoms but expects to continue light duties at Windsor over the coming week. She will continue to receive medical attention and will follow all the appropriate guidelines,” it added.

Covid-19: Pakistan’s positivity rate drops further

According to statistics released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Tuesday morning, Pakistan's COVID-19 positive ratio plummeted to 5.4 percent in a single day as the country continues to experience an erratic graph. According to the latest figures, just 2,597 out of 48,037 COVID-19 diagnostic tests performed in the previous 24 hours were positive, lowering the country's positivity rate to 5.4 percent. However, the new cases brought the overall number of coronavirus cases in Pakistan to 1,488,958.  

Covid-19: 125 corona patients under treatment in Peshawar

According to a health official here on Saturday, 125 corona patients are being treated in two major hospitals in Peshawar: Khyber Teaching Hospital and Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar. According to a spokesperson for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Department, the Khyber Teaching Hospital has 122 beds set aside for corona patients. At Khyber Teaching Hospital, he said, 50 people infected with corona are being treated.  

Covid-19: 44 deaths reported in 24 hours

Another 44 people have died of COVID-19 in Pakistan and 3,019 new cases have been reported over the last 24 hours, official figures showed Saturday morning. According to the National Command and Operation Centre's (NCOC) website, 56,260 coronavirus tests were conducted across the country in the last 24 hours, of which 3,019 returned positive. The rate of positive cases during the last 24 hours was 5.36%.  

Covid-19: Pakistan records highest number of deaths in 4 months

The number of COVID-19 deaths in Pakistan reached 50 in the last four months, bringing the total death toll to 29,601, according to data released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Wednesday morning. On October 5, 2021, the country's death toll peaked at this level. The majority of deaths happened in Sindh and Punjab in the last 24 hours, with 24 people dying on a ventilator.  

Turkey’s President tests positive for Covid-19

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he has tested positive for Covid-19. Erdogan on Saturday tweeted that he was infected by the Omicron variant of the virus. The President said he and his wife were having mild symptoms of Covid-19, adding that he will continue his work at home. According to the Xinhua news agency, the number of daily Covid-19 cases in Turkey has roughly doubled since early January, as the Omicron variant cases have spread swiftly across the country.

Covid-19: Pakistan records 49 new deaths

Pakistan has had the largest number of COVID-19 deaths — 48 — in the last 24 hours since October 7, 2021, bringing the total death toll to 29,420, according to data from the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC). The graph shows a steady rise in hospitalizations, with 1,618 patients in critical care, but the positive rate has stayed below 10% for the fourth day in a row.  

Covid-19: Pakistan notices an increase in daily infections

COVID-19 claimed the lives of another 42 individuals in Pakistan on Thursday morning, the biggest daily death toll in nearly four months since the country reported 46 dead on October 7, according to data from the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC). The new deaths brought the total number of people killed in the country to 29,372. Furthermore, it is estimated that 1,590 coronavirus patients are in critical condition.  

Covid-19: Pakistan’s positivity rate below 10% for the second day in a row

Pakistan's coronavirus positivity rate remained below 10% for the second day in a row, at 9.88 percent, as the country dealt with the fifth Covid-19 wave. According to data from the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), 61,190 tests were done in the last 24 hours, with 6,047 of them being positive. The number of daily cases, on the other hand, is larger than the one reported on Tuesday.  

Shabana Azmi tests positive for Covid-19

Veteran Bollywood actor Shabana Azmi, the wife of Javed Akhter, is the latest celebrity to test positive for Covid-19. She shared the news with her followers on Instagram. The actor share a photo of herself on Instagram and announced that she was currently in isolation. "Have tested positive for Covid today. Have isolated myself at home and request all those who were in close contact with me to please get tested," wrote the actor.

Pakistan: Minor decline noticed in Covid-19 positivity ratio

The COVID-19 positivity ratio in Pakistan dropped below 10% for the first time since January 19, according to statistics released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Tuesday morning. The country's active case count, on the other hand, remained above 100,000 for the fourth day in a row. According to NCOC figures, the country's daily case count fell in the last 24 hours, with only 5,327 out of 55,202 diagnostic tests coming back positive across the country. Pakistan's COVID-19 positive rate fell to 9.65 percent as a result of this fall.  

Covid:19: Pakistan’s positivity ratio at 11.53%

According to data from the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), 7,048 additional Pakistanis tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday morning, bringing the country's active cases above 100,000 for the third day in a row. The additional infections were discovered after 61,077 diagnostic tests were conducted across the country in the last 24 hours, putting Pakistan's COVID-19 positivity ratio at 11.53 percent and confirmed case count at 1.425 million. Meanwhile, 21 coronavirus patients died overnight, bringing the total number of people who have died from the virus to 29,269.  

Covid-19: Pakistan’s positivity rate over 11% for the third day in a row

Pakistan's coronavirus positive rate remained above 11 percent for the third day in a row, according to statistics from the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Saturday morning. According to the apex COVID-19 body, Pakistan has an 11.31 percent positivity rate after 70,389 tests were completed across the country in the last 24 hours, resulting in 7,963 new coronavirus infections. The total number of positive cases has risen to 1.41 million, with 27 more patients dying of the virus, bringing the death toll to 29,219, according to official data.    

Covid-19: Pakistan reports highest cases since start of pandemic

The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) statistics showed Friday morning that Pakistan has the greatest number of daily COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began in 2020, with 8,183 persons testing positive overnight, as the infections continue to grow amid a spread of the Omicron variety. Meanwhile, the daily COVID-19 death toll hit a new high for the first time since October 6, 2021, as the virus claimed the lives of 30 additional people overnight. COVID-19 claimed the lives of 39 people on October 6, 2021.  

Justin Trudeau in self isolation

Ottawa: On Jan 2, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that he had gone into isolation for five days after being exposed to someone with COVID-19. He also added that a rapid test result had come back negative. "I feel fine and will be working from home. Stay safe, everyone – and please get vaccinated," he tweeted.

EU allows Pfizer Covid-19 pill for high risk adults

Brussels: On Jan 27, the European Union's drug regulator gave the green light to Pfizer Inc's (PFE.N) antiviral COVID-19 pill for treating high-risk patients. EU health commissioner Stella Kyriakides said the bloc was now making good progress on lining up treatments, which she described as 'a second line of defense after vaccines'. "Paxlovid is the first oral antiviral for home use in our portfolio, and has the potential to make a real difference for persons at high risk of progression to severe COVID," she said.

Covid-19: Pakistan’s positivity rate over 10% for the sixth day in a row

The coronavirus positivity ratio in Pakistan remained above 10% for the sixth day in a row, according to statistics released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Tuesday morning, as the pandemic's spread continues apace. According to NCOC numbers, the country's positivity rate was 12.81 percent, with 6,357 new coronavirus cases reported after 49,595 tests were done across Pakistan in the last 24 hours.