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Coronavirus
VERY HIGH
Pakistan Deaths
18,993
7824hr
Pakistan Cases
861,473
344724hr
Sindh
292,644
Punjab
319,365
Balochistan
23,447
Islamabad
78,200
KPK
124,484

South Asia

Taliban announce three-day ceasefire, marking Eid al Fitr
South Asia

Taliban announce three-day ceasefire, marking Eid al Fitr

  • The Taliban has declared a three-day ceasefire across Afghanistan, to mark Eid al Fitr, only two days after more than 50 people - most of which were young girls - were killed in bomb blasts outside a school in Kabul.
  • The ceasefire announcement comes as the United States continues to withdraw its last 2500 troops from the war-torn country, as negotiations between the government and the Taliban falter.
Updated 10 May, 2021 07:41pm
Indian states impose stricter lockdowns as COVID deaths hit record high
South Asia

Indian states impose stricter lockdowns as COVID deaths hit record high

  • Medical experts say the real numbers of COVID-19 cases and fatalities are likely to be far higher than official tallies.
  • India is yet to impose a national lockdown as it did during its first wave last year, but around half of all its states have imposed a total shutdown. The rest are under a partial shutdown.
Published 08 May, 2021 05:12pm
U.S envisions proactive role for Pakistan in Afghanistan after troop withdrawal
South Asia

U.S envisions proactive role for Pakistan in Afghanistan after troop withdrawal

  • The United States intends to "stay in the game" in Afghanistan, and envisions a proactive role for Pakistan in this process - stressing that it is in Islamabad's interest to participate.
  • Blinken stated that "We’re pulling our forces out of Afghanistan, we are not withdrawing. We are not leaving. We are remaining deeply engaged when it comes to supporting Afghanistan — economically, development assistance, humanitarian, supporting its security forces".
Updated 07 May, 2021 07:39pm
Maldives former president Nasheed critical after bomb blast
South Asia

Maldives former president Nasheed critical after bomb blast

  • Nasheed, the Maldives first democratically elected president who is now parliament speaker, had previously warned about militants infiltrating the Islamic country. He was getting into his car when the blast occurred.
  • "Over the course of the past 16 hours he had life-saving surgery on injuries to his head, chest, abdomen and limbs," the hospital said in a statement.
Published 07 May, 2021 06:31pm
Thailand aims for wider tourism reopening from October
South Asia

Thailand aims for wider tourism reopening from October

  • Thailand has since a year ago tightened visa processes and required all visitors and returning residents to undergo 14 days of quarantine in government-approved facilities.
  • Tourism a key source of income and jobs for Thailand. In 2019, it welcomed a record 39.9 million visitors who spent 1.91 trillion baht ($61.32 billion).
Published 07 May, 2021 06:33pm
IMF to revisit growth forecast for India due to surge in COVID-19 cases
South Asia

IMF to revisit growth forecast for India due to surge in COVID-19 cases

  • The IMF will revisit that forecast when it issued a fresh World Economic Outlook in July, IMF spokesman Gerry Rice told reporters at a regular briefing, but gave no further details.
  • "We're all watching what is happening in India with concern," Rice said. "There will be spillovers ... contingent on how deep and how long the severity of this crisis continues."
Published 06 May, 2021 08:02pm
Japan backs ADB with $15mn for universal health coverage in Asia
South Asia

Japan backs ADB with $15mn for universal health coverage in Asia

  • Addressing the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) annual meeting, Aso underscored the need to support health systems to cope with infectious diseases such as COVID-19 as well as other illness.
  • Promoting universal health coverage will help reinforce health systems to prevent future pandemics, ensuring inclusive and sustainable economic growth in the region with ageing populations, Aso said.
Published 05 May, 2021 06:48pm
Philippines' Duterte gets Chinese-made Covid-19 vaccine
South Asia

Philippines' Duterte gets Chinese-made Covid-19 vaccine

  • Officials said Duterte was given the vaccine made by China's Sinopharm -- the same one secretly administered to members of his security team last year before any shot had been given regulatory approval.
  • "He was vaccinated not only to protect his health from Covid-19 but also to encourage our citizens to get vaccinated," Senator Christopher "Bong" Go posted.
Published 03 May, 2021 06:41pm
Thailand reports new daily record of 31 coronavirus deaths
South Asia

Thailand reports new daily record of 31 coronavirus deaths

  • The ministry recorded 2,041 new COVID-19 cases, taking the country's total number to 71,025 since the pandemic began last year. The total number of fatalities now stands at 276.
  • "It's horrible this time round," said 39-year-old bus driver Chaowan Tessana, adding his work days had been halved from 15 days per month to six or seven.
Published 03 May, 2021 05:29pm