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Key points

  • Covid-19 emerges in China in Dec '19, declared a pandemic on March 11
  • WHO names Europe new epicentre; Italy surpasses China's death toll (Read more)
  • 1,201,591 infected globally; more than 64,000 dead, 246,198 recovered
  • 3,156 cases reported in Pakistan; 47 dead, 170 recovered
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12:45 AM

British postman delivers fancy dress joy to isolating residents

12:27 AM

Shuttered restaurants dish out for Spain's health workers

12:15 AM

Queen Elizabeth delivers rare speech to uplift nation's spirits in 'increasingly challenging time'

Apr 05, 2020
11:59 PM

In pictures: Christian community celebrates Palm Sunday in Pakistan amid coronavirus threat

11:44 PM

Irish PM to work for health service during coronavirus crisis

11:34 PM

2 deaths, 33 new cases recorded in KP

11:05 PM

Turkey's coronavirus death toll reaches 574, says minister

10:50 PM

Malir hospitals ordered to shutter OPDs after Covid-19 cases rise in district

10:45 PM

Chennai police uses drones to monitor people, make awareness announcements

10:34 PM

AJK premier urges expatriates not to visit the region

10:34 PM

In Naples, 'solidarity' food baskets abound as pandemic bites

10:24 PM

Shah Rukh Khan, wife Gauri offer 4-storey building as quarantine centre

9:53 PM

UK warns of tougher social distancing measures

9:49 PM

Patients in Karachi showing mild or no symptoms to be quarantined at Expo Centre

9:28 PM

Slight glimmer of hope in NY as death count rises near 4,200

9:21 PM

Italy records lowest virus death toll in over two weeks

9:20 PM

Balochistan reports 3 new cases

9:19 PM

South Sudan has 1st virus case, is 51st country in Africa

8:59 PM

Sweden has decided not to impose lockdowns, but doctors are worried

8:27 PM

Covid-19 can have devastating effects on African economy, says study

8:20 PM

Ethiopia reports its first Covid-19 death

8:09 PM

SEE: The unprecedented impact of Covid-19 on air traffic

7:44 PM

Philippines reports 8 additional coronavirus deaths, 152 new cases

7:41 PM

Sindh CM wants SOPs for all industries operating during lockdown

7:40 PM

UK coronavirus death toll rises by 621 to 4,934

7:36 PM

Almost 70pc of Covid-19 patients in Swat are male

7:29 PM

Number of recovered patients crosses 250,000

7:07 PM

Pakistan Psychiatric Society urges govt to ensure safety of mentally ill prisoners

7:03 PM

Taiwan's response to Covid-19 among best in the world

6:54 PM

Germany's decentralised system is helping it win the fight against Covid-19

6:43 PM

Lockdown has slowed the growth of corona cases, says Asad Umar

6:31 PM

Govt is developing mechanism to provide equipment to hospitals: Umar

6:24 PM

Growing number of coronavirus cases can 'test' nation's healthcare system: Umar

6:23 PM

WATCH: Planning Minister Asad Umar addresses media over coronavirus

6:17 PM

Truck carrying food for daily wagers looted in Hyderabad

6:02 PM

Pressed by Trump, US pushed unproven coronavirus treatment guidance

6:02 PM

Punjab reports 184 new cases in biggest 24-hour jump

5:40 PM

Stayin' Alive: Sandbach town's police urge people to stay home

5:32 PM

Easter to be celebrated virtually as virus closes Lourdes shrine

5:26 PM

Singapore reports 120 new coronavirus cases in record daily jump

5:13 PM

Pope opens Holy Week in empty St. Peter's Square; says now is the time to serve

4:44 PM

Spain sees 3rd daily drop in coronavirus deaths, at 674

4:36 PM

Pictures: Bustling London life stilled by Covid-19 lockdown

4:28 PM

South Korea extends intensive social distancing to reach 50 daily coronavirus cases

4:26 PM

Germany reports third straight drop in daily rate of new coronavirus infections

4:22 PM

People with mild symptoms to be isolated at home: Sindh CM

3:58 PM

Sindh reports 51 new cases, 1 more death

3:56 PM

UK coronavirus deaths could reach 7,000 to 20,000

3:52 PM

India curbs diagnostic testing kit exports as virus spreads

3:48 PM

Malaysia reports 179 new coronavirus cases and four more deaths

Apr 06, 2020 12:45am

British postman delivers fancy dress joy to isolating residents

British postman Glen Walton has delivered letters and parcels dressed as a robber, a wrestler, a princess and Pokemon character Pikachu to cheer up residents stuck in their houses while social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.

“I was fed up with all the doom and gloom and nobody smiling anymore,” Walton told Reuters.

“So I wanted to change that by wearing fancy dress at work. People and kids in houses have been waiting for me, clapping cheering and making posters.”

Glen Walton, a postman, wears a robber outfit at work and raises money for charity, as the spread of coronavirus disease continues, in Mansfield Woodhouse, Britain, on April 3, 2020. — Reuters
Glen Walton, a postman, wears a robber outfit at work and raises money for charity, as the spread of coronavirus disease continues, in Mansfield Woodhouse, Britain, on April 3, 2020. — Reuters

Walton, who delivers post in Mansfield Woodhouse in Nottinghamshire, central England, is raising funds for the National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal by wearing the costumes.

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Apr 06, 2020 12:27am

Shuttered restaurants dish out for Spain's health workers

Bars and restaurants have been closed in Spain since the middle of March but a dozen of them have joined forces with delivery companies as part of an initiative called “Delivery for Heroes”, according to AFP.

Every day, between 200 and 300 dishes are prepared and donated to Barcelona's hospitals, in the hope of offering some solace to those trying to save lives inside.

“We know we are not an absolute necessity because they already have food and catering. But we are trying to give them that moment of excitement,” says Axel Peinado, a promoter of the initiative and director of a Barcelona pizzeria.

Medical staff from La Princesa hospital react as neighbours applaud from their balconies in support for healthcare workers, amid the coronavirus disease outbreak, in Madrid, Spain on April 5, 2020. — Reuters
Medical staff from La Princesa hospital react as neighbours applaud from their balconies in support for healthcare workers, amid the coronavirus disease outbreak, in Madrid, Spain on April 5, 2020. — Reuters

Apr 05, 2020 11:59pm

In pictures: Christian community celebrates Palm Sunday in Pakistan amid coronavirus threat

Members of Pakistan's Christian community celebrated Palm Sunday amid restrictions put in place by the authorities to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Palm Sunday celebrations start in the Holy Week leading up to Easter. According to Christian belief, it commemorates Jesus' entry into Jerusalem and is the start of the church's most solemn week, which includes the Good Friday reenactment of Jesus' crucifixion and death and his resurrection on Easter.

Christian devotees stand in circles marked on the ground to maintain social distancing as they hold palm branches to celebrate a Palm Sunday event at the Christian neighbourhood during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the coronavirus in Islamabad on April 5, 2020. — AFP
Christian devotees stand in circles marked on the ground to maintain social distancing as they hold palm branches to celebrate a Palm Sunday event at the Christian neighbourhood during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the coronavirus in Islamabad on April 5, 2020. — AFP

A Christian woman and her children watch from her house roof a Palm Sunday service at the Christian neighbourhood during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the coronavirus in Islamabad on April 5, 2020. — AFP
A Christian woman and her children watch from her house roof a Palm Sunday service at the Christian neighbourhood during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the coronavirus in Islamabad on April 5, 2020. — AFP

Apr 05, 2020 11:44pm

Irish PM to work for health service during coronavirus crisis

Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar has rejoined the medical register to help the health service during the coronavirus crisis, AFP quoted a government spokesman as saying on Sunday.

Dr Varadkar “has offered his services to the Health Service Executive for one session a week in areas that are within his scope of practice”, a government spokesman said in a statement.

The Irish Times reported Varadkar — who graduated with a medical degree from Dublin's Trinity University in 2003 — is to work assessing patients over the phone.

Ireland's prime minister Leo Varadkar speaks during a news conference on the coronavirus situation at Government Buildings in Dublin, Ireland on March 24, 2020. — Reuters/File
Ireland's prime minister Leo Varadkar speaks during a news conference on the coronavirus situation at Government Buildings in Dublin, Ireland on March 24, 2020. — Reuters/File

The son of a doctor and nurse, Varadkar's partner and his two sisters are also practicing health workers.

There have been a total of 4,994 confirmed cases across the Republic.

Apr 05, 2020 11:34pm

2 deaths, 33 new cases recorded in KP

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province has recorded two deaths from the novel coronavirus, taking the national death toll up to 47.

Furthermore, the province also recorded 33 new cases of the novel coronavirus, taking KP's tally up to 405.

Apr 05, 2020 11:05pm

Turkey's coronavirus death toll reaches 574, says minister

Turkey's death toll from the new coronavirus rose by 73 on Saturday to a total of 574 while new confirmed cases rose by 3,135 to bring the country's total to 27,069, Reuters reported quoting Health Minister Fahrettin Koca.

He added that 20,065 tests for the Covid-19 disease had been performed in Turkey in the last 24 hours.

Apr 05, 2020 10:50pm

Malir hospitals ordered to shutter OPDs after Covid-19 cases rise in district

The district health officer of Malir has directed authorities to close outpatient departments in all public and private hospitals and clinics in the district after authorities noted that the number of Covid-19 cases reported from Gulistan Society, Quaidabad and its surrounding areas had risen to nine.

The order will come into effect from April 6.

Apr 05, 2020 10:34pm

AJK premier urges expatriates not to visit the region

Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider has urged expatriates not to visit the region, noting that the cases reported from Bhimber and Mirpur districts had recent travel history.

In a video message, the AJK premier said: "Wherever you live, act upon the advice of the governments concerned and avoid travel to Pakistan, particularly AJK. I am saying so because the problem we have faced [with regard to Covid-19 transmission] in Mirpur and Bhimber districts was because of those who had a travel history.

“I can understand that you want to visit your families here. But my request is that you should stay back for the welfare and safety of your families. You should not worry about your near and dear ones here; the government and the community at large are minded to take care of them."

Apr 05, 2020 10:34pm

In Naples, 'solidarity' food baskets abound as pandemic bites

Covid-19 has officially killed nearly 200 in Naples and more than 15,000 across Italy in just over a month.

It has also shattered the Mediterranean country's economy and left millions at least temporarily unemployed.

Solidarity baskets are a godsend for Italy's growing number of poor during the coronavirus pandemic. — AFP
Solidarity baskets are a godsend for Italy's growing number of poor during the coronavirus pandemic. — AFP

This makes the hanging “solidarity baskets” and foldout tables laden with food — everything from bread and bananas to boxes of milk and tins of sardines, as well as hot dishes — all the more important at one of the most surreal moments in the city's history.

Read more here.

Apr 05, 2020 10:24pm

Shah Rukh Khan, wife Gauri offer 4-storey building as quarantine centre

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan and his wife Gauri Khan have offered a four-storey building to be used as a quarantine facility for children, women and the elderly amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a tweet, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation thanked the couple for their "timely and thoughtful gesture".

Apr 05, 2020 09:53pm

UK warns of tougher social distancing measures

The British government on Sunday warned that outside exercise could be banned if people flout stringent guidelines to cut the spread of coronavirus infections.

The UK government on March 23 ordered a three-week shutdown of non-essential shops and services to cut close-contact transmission of the virus.

But warmer weekend weather has stoked fears that people could congregate in parks and open spaces, potentially threatening any gains made in cutting transmission rates.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who himself tested positive for COVID-19, told Sky News television that sunbathing was “against the rules” and anyone doing so put lives at risk.

“The truth is the more people go out from home, the more the virus spreads,” he added. “I don't want to have to take away exercise as a reason to leave home because people are not following the rules."

Apr 05, 2020 09:49pm

Patients in Karachi showing mild or no symptoms to be quarantined at Expo Centre

The Sindh Health Department has informed the district health officers in Karachi that Covid-19 patients, who are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms, will be moved to the Expo Centre, which has been turned into a field hospital.

Patients with "moderate or severe symptoms", however, would be kept in isolation wards in hospitals.

Apr 05, 2020 09:28pm

Slight glimmer of hope in NY as death count rises near 4,200

A slight dip in new coronavirus deaths in New York over the last 24 hours may be a slight glimmer of hope that the spread is slowing, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday as overall fatalities in the state climbed to nearly 4,200, AP reports.

Cuomo said it was too soon to determine whether the pandemic had reached its apex.

"We could either be very near the apex, or the apex could be a plateau and we could be on the plateau right now," Cuomo said.

Rexi holds a sign delivered by friends on her 32nd birthday while adhering to the social distancing advisory in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn on April 5, 2020 in New York. The coronavirus death toll in New York state spiked to 4,159, the governor said, up from 3,565 a day prior. The toll increase of 594 showed a slight decrease in the day-to-day number of lives lost compared to the previous day. — AFP
Rexi holds a sign delivered by friends on her 32nd birthday while adhering to the social distancing advisory in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn on April 5, 2020 in New York. The coronavirus death toll in New York state spiked to 4,159, the governor said, up from 3,565 a day prior. The toll increase of 594 showed a slight decrease in the day-to-day number of lives lost compared to the previous day. — AFP

The state reported 594 new coronavirus deaths on Sunday a small decrease compared to the 630 new fatalities announced the day before.

“The coronavirus is truly vicious, he said. Its an effective killer. People who are very vulnerable must stay isolated and protected.

Apr 05, 2020 09:51pm

Italy records lowest virus death toll in over two weeks

Italy on Sunday recorded its lowest daily death toll from the novel coronavirus in over two weeks and saw the number of critical care patients decline for the second day, AFP reports.

The 525 official Covid-19 fatalities reported by the civil protection service were the lowest since 427 registered on March 19.

A member of the Red Cross wears a protective mask at the emergency unit of the Molinette Hospital on Palm Sunday, during the coronavirus disease outbreak in Turin, Italy, on April 5, 2020. — Reuters
A member of the Red Cross wears a protective mask at the emergency unit of the Molinette Hospital on Palm Sunday, during the coronavirus disease outbreak in Turin, Italy, on April 5, 2020. — Reuters

Apr 05, 2020 09:20pm

Balochistan reports 3 new cases

Balochistan government's spokesperson Liaquat Shahwani has confirmed three new cases of coronavirus in the province, taking the tally to 192.

Pakistan's total number of cases stands at 3,121.

Apr 05, 2020 09:19pm

South Sudan has 1st virus case, is 51st country in Africa

South Sudan has announced its first case of Covid-19, making it the 51st of Africa's 54 countries to have the disease, AP reports.

A UN worker who arrived in the country from Netherlands on Feb 28 is ill with the disease, confirmed First Vice President Riek Machar and the UN mission in South Sudan. The patient, a 29-year-old woman, first showed signs of the disease on April 2 and is recovering, said officials.

South Sudan, with 11 million people, currently has four ventilators and wants to increase that number, said Machar, who emphasised that people should stay three to six feet apart from others.

The only vaccine is social distancing, said Machar.

Apr 05, 2020 08:27pm

Covid-19 can have devastating effects on African economy, says study

While Africa accounts for just a fraction of total Covid-19 cases globally, according to a Reuters tally, the economic impacts of the virus on its economy can be devastating, a study by the African Union says.

According to the study:

  • Economy could shrink 0.8 per cent

  • About 15pc of FDI can be lost

  • 20 million jobs can be lost

  • 20-30pc of fiscal revenue could be lost

  • Imports and exports may fall by 35pc from 2019 levels

Read full story here.

Apr 05, 2020 08:20pm

Ethiopia reports its first Covid-19 death

Ethiopia has reported its first Covid-19 death, a 60-year-old woman who was being treated at a hospital in the capital since March 31, the health minister Lia Tadesse has said.

The Horn of Africa nation has a total of 43 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and has reported four recoveries.

Apr 05, 2020 07:44pm

Philippines reports 8 additional coronavirus deaths, 152 new cases

The Philippine health ministry has reported eight additional coronavirus deaths and 152 newly confirmed cases.

The positive cases in the Philippines totalled 3,246, while the death toll has risen to 152, it said in the daily bulletin.

Apr 05, 2020 07:41pm

Sindh CM wants SOPs for all industries operating during lockdown

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has instructed additional home secretary to form a committee in order to formulate standard operating procedures (SOP) so that businesses can start operations again amid the coronavirus lockdown.

Shah said that he wanted the committee to frame SOPs for every business sector, including malls, superstores, shops, bakeries and transport, even for the holy month of Ramazan, adding that even if the lockdown was relaxed after April 14, the guidelines would still be "mandatory" to follow.

He informed his ministers that industrialists had asked him to allow businesses, especially those that have to fulfill export orders, to start operations again.

The committee would comprise medical experts, industry and labour secretaries, senior members of law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders.

Apr 05, 2020 07:40pm

UK coronavirus death toll rises by 621 to 4,934

The United Kingdom’s death toll from the coronavirus rose by 621 to 4,934 at 16:00 GMT on April 4, the health ministry has said.

As of 08:00 GMT, a total of 195,524 people had been tested of which 47,806 tested positive, the health ministry said.

Apr 05, 2020 08:28pm

Almost 70pc of Covid-19 patients in Swat are male

Almost 70 per cent of Covid-19 patients in Swat are male, according to a report from the Deputy Commissioner's Office.

The report also states that 63pc of coronavirus patients are 31 and older.

Apr 05, 2020 07:29pm

Number of recovered patients crosses 250,000

As many as 252,615 people have recovered from the novel coronavirus, according to the Johns Hopkins University's tally.

Meanwhile, the total number of confirmed cases rose above 1.2 million globally. Of these, over 66,000 persons have died.

Apr 05, 2020 07:07pm

Pakistan Psychiatric Society urges govt to ensure safety of mentally ill prisoners

The Pakistan Psychiatric Society has called upon the government to take measures in order to protect prisoners, who are suffering from mental illnesses, from the Covid-19 disease.

In a press release, the body argued that mentally ill prisoners are more vulnerable to the virus as they may have underlying diseases or might experience difficulties in taking precautionary measures or communicating their symptoms in case they have contracted Covid-19.

Apr 05, 2020 07:03pm

Taiwan's response to Covid-19 among best in the world

A recent CNN report has called Taiwan's response to the Covid-19 pandemic among the best in the world. Here are some of the measures that Taiwan took early on before the coronavirus was even declared a pandemic:

  • Rapidly producing and implementing a 124-items action list which included banning travel from several parts of China
  • Stopping cruise ships from docking in its ports
  • Introducing strict punishments for violating the home quarantine order
  • Ramping up production of face masks
  • Introducing testing across the island

Taiwan has less than 400 cases of the virus.

Read more here.

Apr 05, 2020 06:54pm

Germany's decentralised system is helping it win the fight against Covid-19

German states started conducting a large number of tests independently with private labs offering tests even before health insurers started paying for it, giving it a headstart in its fight against the coronavirus with other European countries looking at it as a possible model.

Germany's decentralised political system means that its public health services are run by some 400 district and municipal administrations. Laboratories operate independently without central control. These can include labs associated with universities, hospitals and privately-owned ones.

The Guardian quoted Matthias Orth, of the Institute of Laboratory Medicine at Stuttgart’s Marienhospital as saying: “I don’t have to wait to get a call from the health minister before I can go ahead with a test.”

Read more here.

Apr 05, 2020 06:43pm

Lockdown has slowed the growth of corona cases, says Asad Umar

PTI leader Asad Umar has said that while the lockdown has slowed down the growth of cases, the country's healthcare system would not be able to cope as the number continues to increase.

During a press conference, Umar said that the government was trying to develop a mechanism through which the areas with most cases can be identified and preventive measures can be taken in accordance with the trends.

Apr 05, 2020 06:31pm

Govt is developing mechanism to provide equipment to hospitals: Umar

Planning Minister Asad Umar has said that the government has taken measures to ensure the protection of medical staff and expand the capacity of hospitals across the country and is developing a mechanism to provide protective gear, ventilators and other important medical equipment.

He paid tribute to healthcare workers, volunteers, police and personnel of law enforcement agencies who are working around the clock.

Apr 05, 2020 06:24pm

Growing number of coronavirus cases can 'test' nation's healthcare system: Umar

Planning Minister Asad Umar has said that the government has found that while the rate of the coronavirus spread is not as fast as it could have been, the growing number of cases still threatened to "test" the country's healthcare system and facilities.

Apr 05, 2020 06:17pm

Truck carrying food for daily wagers looted in Hyderabad

A truck laden with some 400 bags of food items meant for distribution among daily wage earners was looted in Hyderabad's Hussainabad area.

SSP Hyderabad Adeel Chandio said that the police had not been informed about the delivery by officials from the district administration otherwise they would have provided security.

He added that the truck was carrying some 400 bags worth Rs1,600 each. "We are trying to locate the truck," he said.

Apr 05, 2020 06:02pm

Pressed by Trump, US pushed unproven coronavirus treatment guidance

In mid-March, President Donald Trump personally pressed US federal health officials to make malaria drugs available to treat the novel coronavirus, though they had been untested for Covid-19, two sources told Reuters.

The episode reveals how the president’s efforts could change the nature of drug oversight, a field long governed by strict rules of science and testing. Rarely, if ever, has a US president lobbied regulators and health officials to focus their efforts on specific unproven drugs.

Read full story here.

Apr 05, 2020 06:02pm

Punjab reports 184 new cases in biggest 24-hour jump

Punjab's Primary and Secondary Healthcare department has confirmed 184 new coronavirus cases in the province taking the provincial total to 1,380.

According to a statement from the department, the patients have been divided into four categories: 309 pilgrims, 443 people associated with Raiwind Ijtima, 28 prisoners and 600 citizens.

Lahore has the highest number of cases at 260.

The national tally has now crossed 3,100 Covid-19 infections.

Apr 05, 2020 05:32pm

Easter to be celebrated virtually as virus closes Lourdes shrine

Shuttered by the coronavirus outbreak, France's Lourdes Roman Catholic shrine marked the start of “Holy Week”, an event that normally draws millions of pilgrims every year, with not a soul in sight, AFP reports.

Its doors closed since March 17, for the first time in its history, the sanctuary in the southwest France is instead reaching out to the faithful using television and social media.

“It is certain that for us, like for all Catholics, the Holy Week and Easter will be experienced in a very special way this year,” said Olivier Ribadeau Dumas, rector of the Sanctuary of Lourdes.

Holy Week leads up to Easter Sunday on April 11.

Photo shows a deserted Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes in Lourdes, France. — AFP
Photo shows a deserted Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes in Lourdes, France. — AFP

Apr 05, 2020 05:26pm

Singapore reports 120 new coronavirus cases in record daily jump

Singapore’s health ministry has confirmed 120 more coronavirus cases, the highest number of new infections reported in a single day for the city-state.

The number of new cases is a 60 per cent increase over the 75 reported on Saturday, which was the previous biggest rise. Singapore has reported a total of 1,309 infections and suffered six deaths from the global pandemic.

Apr 05, 2020 05:13pm

Pope opens Holy Week in empty St. Peter's Square; says now is the time to serve

Pope Francis marked a surreal Palm Sunday in an empty St. Peter’s Basilica, urging people living through the coronavirus pandemic not to be so concerned with what they lack but how they can ease the suffering of others.

The service, kicking off Holy Week events leading to Easter, usually attracts tens of thousands of people to a St. Peter’s Square bedecked with olive and palm trees. The service normally includes a long procession of cardinals, priests and faithful carrying palm fronds.

Pope Francis leads the Palm Sunday mass in St. Peter's Basilica without public participation due to the spread of Covid-19, at the Vatican on Sunday. — Reuters
Pope Francis leads the Palm Sunday mass in St. Peter's Basilica without public participation due to the spread of Covid-19, at the Vatican on Sunday. — Reuters

This time, it was held from a secondary altar behind the main one Francis normally uses and attended by only about two dozen people.

The symbolic procession was only several metres long and a few potted olive trees were brought in.

Read more here.

Apr 05, 2020 04:36pm

Pictures: Bustling London life stilled by Covid-19 lockdown

A front view of the Buckingham Palace which is usually teeming with people but is seen empty as the number of Covid-19 cases continues rising across the UK. — AP
A front view of the Buckingham Palace which is usually teeming with people but is seen empty as the number of Covid-19 cases continues rising across the UK. — AP

An empty view of the Millenium Bridge in London. — AP
An empty view of the Millenium Bridge in London. — AP

A deserted compartment of the Piccadilly Line tube in London. — AP
A deserted compartment of the Piccadilly Line tube in London. — AP

Apr 05, 2020 04:28pm

South Korea extends intensive social distancing to reach 50 daily coronavirus cases

South Korea said it will extend its intensive social distancing campaign scheduled to end on Monday by two weeks in a bid to curb the rate of coronavirus infections to around 50 a day, Reuters reports.

The country has largely managed to bring under control Asia’s largest epidemic outside China with around 100 or fewer new daily cases. But smaller outbreaks in churches, hospitals and nursing homes, as well as infections among travellers, continue to emerge.

Apr 05, 2020 04:26pm

Germany reports third straight drop in daily rate of new coronavirus infections

Germany’s confirmed coronavirus infections rose by 5,936 in the past 24 hours to 91,714, the third straight drop in the daily rate of new cases, according to data from the government’s Robert Koch Institute, Reuters reports.

A police officer speaks with a woman next to a police car with a sign attached reading "Stay at home!" in front of Brandenburg Gate, during Covid-19 outbreak in Berlin, Germany April 5. — Reuters
A police officer speaks with a woman next to a police car with a sign attached reading "Stay at home!" in front of Brandenburg Gate, during Covid-19 outbreak in Berlin, Germany April 5. — Reuters

Apr 05, 2020 04:22pm

People with mild symptoms to be isolated at home: Sindh CM

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has said that people who have mild symptoms of the coronavirus and have the facility to isolate are being kept in their homes.

Explaining the provincial government's strategy in a video message, he said that people who don't have the facility to isolate at home and might infect other people would be isolated in the government-run centres.

"People who have recovered were not given any special medicine, they simply self-isolated."

He added that the government has established a Rapid Response Team in every district which identifies possible Covid-19 patients, tests people in their homes and then recommends further action.

Shah said the government takes care of any person who comes under its radar [for the virus].

Apr 05, 2020 03:58pm

Sindh reports 51 new cases, 1 more death

Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has confirmed 51 new cases of coronavirus in the province, taking the tally to 881.

In a video message, the chief minister also said that one more person has died from Covid-19 in the province.

He added that 68 more people have recovered in the last 24 hours taking the total number of recoveries to 123.

Apr 05, 2020 03:56pm

UK coronavirus deaths could reach 7,000 to 20,000

UK deaths from the coronavirus could rise to between about 7,000 and 20,000 under measures taken to slow the spread of the virus, Neil Ferguson, a professor at Imperial College in London who has helped shape the government’s response, said, Reuters reports.

“We had an exponentially growing curve of infections which we interrupted at a certain time,” the epidemiologist told the BBC’s Andrew Marr program.

Apr 05, 2020 03:52pm

India curbs diagnostic testing kit exports as virus spreads

India is restricting the export of most diagnostic testing kits, as coronavirus cases in the South Asian nation topped 3,350 despite a three-week nationwide lockdown to slow the spread of the respiratory disease.

India had already banned the export of certain drugs, along with ventilators, masks and other protective gear needed by both patients and medical staff.

Read more here.

Apr 05, 2020 03:48pm

Malaysia reports 179 new coronavirus cases and four more deaths

Malaysia reported 179 new coronavirus cases, raising the cumulative total to 3,662 cases as Southeast Asia’s third-largest economy grapples with the highest number of infections in the region, Reuters reports.

The new cases include 4 deaths, raising the tally to 61 people who have died, the health ministry said.