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Tuesday, March 24th, 2020


Britain orders three-week shutdown amid coronavirus threat


LONDON, MAR 24 –  British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered a three-week lockdown of all non-essential shops and has banned all gathering of more than two people. Johnson advised people to stay at home in a press conference on Monday. The decision was taken as crowds of people were seen enjoying weekend spring sunshine in parks and countryside across the country, despite orders from the government to practise social distancing and self-isolation. The UK has reported 335 deaths from the pandemic. The development came after the world health officialsRead More

China decides to lift lockdown from virus epicentre Wuhan


BEIJING, MAR 24 – Amid all the chaos and tension the novel coronavirus has ensued across the globe, here’s a little dose of good news. China has announced to lift the mass quarantine imposed on virus epicentre Wuhan last December. The decision will come into affect from April 8 after which people will be able to leave the city and the Hubei province, the government announced on Tuesday. The development came after Hubei reported zero new infections on March 19. This was a great drop as China had reported 80,000Read More

NAB to screen all detainees for coronavirus

ISLAMABAD, MAR 24: Chairman NAB Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal chairing a meeting to approve a strategy to prevent from COVID-19 at NAB Headquarters.=DNA PHOTO

LAHORE, MAR 24 (DNA) – It has been decided that all detainees of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) will be screened for the coronavirus and NAB office timings will be shortened. According to details, Chairman NAB Javed Iqbal chaired the meeting; all NAB officials sat three to four feet away from each other during the meeting. According to the notification, the presence of NAB prosecutors in courts would be ensured to avoid dismissal of cases on account of their absence. The timings of all NAB offices have been shortened and willRead More

CAA announces to reduce non-essential staff amid coronavirus pandemic


KARACHI, MAR 24 (DNA) – The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Tuesday announced to reduce the non-essential staff working in its offices aimed at taking precautionary measures to tackle the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). According to a circular issued from the authority, non-essential staffers including old age and ailing officials, either male or female, are exempted from duty for 13 days beginning from 24 March uptil 05 April. It said that the officials are encouraged to work from home through internet and telephone to meet official requirements, wherever possible. TheRead More

China to provide doctors protection, testing kits, equipment to Pakistan


ISLAMABAD, MAR 24 (DNA) – National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Chairman Lieutenant General Mohammad Afzal has urged people to help other nationals instead of profiteering amid coronavirus crisis. NDMA chairman Lt Gen Mohammad Afzal, while addressing a group of journalists, said the authorities are making decisions as per available resources. “We have tried to place purchase orders for medical equipment including ventilators around the world but it is unfortunate to find nothing from the countries except China. China has assured to provide ventilators and other equipment to Pakistan and theRead More

PM announces Rs200bn economic package, cuts petrol price by Rs. 15


ISLAMABAD, MAR 24 (DNA) – Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday announced a multi-billion package involving relief for labour and underprivileged class, business community and industries and farmers besides lowering fuel prices in the country amid shutdown in various parts of the country out of coronavirus fear that has already claimed seven lives. While addressing a group of media-men along with Special Assistant to PM on Information Firdous Ashiq Awan, the prime minister said that they have earmarked Rs 200 billion for labour class and are also in touch withRead More