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COVID19

Swiss authorise Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine
World

Swiss authorise Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine

  • "After a meticulous review of the available information, Swissmedic concluded that the Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer/BioNTech is safe and that its benefit outweighs the risks," the body said in a statement.
Published 19 Dec, 2020 04:26pm
India hits 10 million coronavirus cases but pace slows
World

India hits 10 million coronavirus cases but pace slows

  • India exceeded 10 million infections of the new coronavirus on Saturday, much later than predicted only a month ago as the pace of infections slows, despite many in the country giving up on masks and social distancing.
  • After hitting a peak of nearly 98,000 daily cases in mid-September, daily infections have averaged around 30,000 this month.
Published 19 Dec, 2020 04:07pm
Maulana Tariq Jameel recovers from coronavirus
Pakistan

Maulana Tariq Jameel recovers from coronavirus

  • The religious scholar made the announcement on Twitter saying he has tested negative for the virus.
  • He requested followers to remember him in their prayers. May Allah let the humanity get rid of this pandemic with His blessings.
Published 19 Dec, 2020 03:31pm
UK government pushes for lifting of U.S. travel restrictions - sources
World

UK government pushes for lifting of U.S. travel restrictions - sources

  • The British government is making a concerted effort to persuade the Trump administration to lift or soften travel restrictions that bar most people in the United Kingdom from traveling to the United States.
  • Since then there has been no decision by President Donald Trump, but UK officials have held a series of high-level talks with White House and Cabinet officials.
Published 19 Dec, 2020 02:38pm
COVID-19: Smart lockdown imposed in four major cities of Punjab
Pakistan

COVID-19: Smart lockdown imposed in four major cities of Punjab

As many as 22 areas of Lahore, nine areas in Rawalpindi, four localities in * Gujranwala and three areas of Gujrat were put under smart lockdown, according to the notification.
  • Coronavirus pandemic claimed 87 more lives, whereas, 3,179 new infections were reported during the last 24 hours across Pakistan.
Updated 19 Dec, 2020 01:48pm
WHO investigators heading to China in early January to probe virus
World

WHO investigators heading to China in early January to probe virus

  • Mike Ryan, WHO's top emergency expert, said international experts would go to the central Chinese city of Wuhan.
  • We still don't have a take-off date because we are working on the logistics around visas and flights. We do expect the team to be going there in the first week of January. There will be quarantine arrangements.
Published 19 Dec, 2020 12:19am
French coronavirus death toll over 60,000 for first time
World

French coronavirus death toll over 60,000 for first time

  • There were 264 new deaths in hospitals, compared to 258 on Thursday, and a three-day batch of 346 deaths reported in retirement homes.
  • France also reported 15,674 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, down from 18,254 on Thursday.
Published 19 Dec, 2020 12:17am
Trudeau commits Canada to sharing any extra vaccine doses
World

Trudeau commits Canada to sharing any extra vaccine doses

  • As Canada gets vaccinated, if we have more vaccines than necessary, absolutely we will be sharing with the world.
  • Canada has reserved more vaccine doses per capita than any other country. In the unlikely event that all the experimental vaccines perform well in trials.
Published 18 Dec, 2020 10:54pm