July 24, 2021

Sindh decides to block mobile SIMs of unvaccinated people

What happened: The Sindh health department has proposed to the NCOC to block mobile SIMs of unvaccinated people in efforts to push people to get vaccinated. Details: The department has given a four phase plan to the NCOC for blocking the SIMs. Unvaccinated people will be first issued a warning in the first phase to […]

July 23, 2021

Sindh to re-impose COVID restrictions from Monday

What happened: A provincial coronavirus task force meeting was held on Friday to discuss the response to the quickly rising COVID cases in Sindh. Decisions were taken to re-impose certain certain restrictions from July 26, Monday. The task force meeting was chaired by the Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah. The restrictions: Indoor and outdoor […]

July 19, 2021

Doctors urge for COVID health emergency in Karachi as hospitals run out of space

What happened: Doctors and health experts request the government to impose a health emergency in Karachi over rising COVID cases due to which various hospitals have run out of beds to accommodate COVID patients. Details: The Indus Hospital in Karachi says their COVID ward is filled out with no more space. Dr Bari of the […]

July 17, 2021

Siyani Sahelian’s animated film CoronaVirus and Mental Health is tackling a crucial topic

What is Siyani Sahelian: It is a program under SOC Films that aims to empower the most marginalized adolescent girls in South Punjab through remedial learning, vocational training and life skills. Until now, the Siyani Sahelian programme has helped over 36,000 out-of-school adolescent girls in South Punjab through post-primary opportunities for learning gains, vocational education […]

July 17, 2021

Vaccination centres across Pakistan will remain closed on first day of Eid

What happened: The NCOC has announced that COVID vaccination centres will remain closed nationwide on the first day of Eid-ul-Adha, which will fall on Wednesday (21st July). Details: The COVID vaccination centres will open on the second day of Eid. The decision to close the centres for the first day of Eid was taken due […]

July 17, 2021

12 Indian Delta variant cases confirmed in Lahore

What happened: The Punjab health department confirmed on Saturday that 12 cases of the Indian Delta COVID variant have been detected through random testing via genome sequencing. Details: 28 samples were randomly picked from three hospitals in Lahore, the Services Hospital, Meo Hospital and Jinnah Hospital. Out of these samples, 12 cases were confirmed for […]

July 17, 2021

Johnny & Jugnu pays homage to Punjab’s Iron Lady with exclusive art and merch

An activist, a mother, a teacher, and a role model, Dr Yasmin Rashid has relentlessly worked for the welfare of the people and lived a life of dignity. Lahore’s popular burger joint, Johnny and Jugnu, recently launched a campaign centring around Dr. Yasmin Rashid, lauding her courage and bravery especially in the current pandemic situation, […]

July 15, 2021

COVID positive cases in Pakistan jump by 28.5 percent in single day

What happened: The fourth COVID wave is getting stronger in Pakistan as positive cases rise by 28.5 per cent in a single day from 1,980 cases on Wednesday to more than 2,500 on Thursday. Details: The NCOC also states that now the positivity ratio stands at 5.2 per cent whereas a day ago it was […]

July 10, 2021

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine now approved in Saudi Arabia

What happened: On Friday, the Food and Drug Authority of Saudi Arabia approved the use of Moderna vaccine in the Kingdom, making it the fourth vaccine approved there. Soon the import of the two-dose vaccine will start. Details: Earlier, only Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and the Johnson & Johnson vaccines were approved within the Kingdom. Moderna’s vaccine […]

July 9, 2021

Asad Umar announces start of fourth COVID-19 wave in the country

What happened: Asad Umar, the Federal Minister for Planning and Development and Head of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), announced on twitter that there are clear signs of the fourth wave starting in the country. He highlighted SOP negligence, the Delta variant, and indoor gatherings without following the vaccine condition. Click here to […]

July 7, 2021

Delta, Beta, and Alpha COVID-19 variants detected in Pakistan

What happened: The Natio­nal Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has confirmed that different COVID-19 variants including Delta (Indian), Beta (South African), and Alpha (UK) have been detected in Pakistan. Such variants have been present in the country since May as per their study. Details: The NCOC is monitoring these variants in Pakistan through whole-genome sequen­cing […]

July 7, 2021

The Economist ranks Pakistan third in “Return to Normalcy Index”

What happened: Out of 50 countries Pakistan has ranked 3rd in The Economist’s Global Normalcy Index. This index shows which countries are returning to the pre-pandemic levels of normal life. Pakistan’s normalcy score out of 100 is at 84.4 making it third after Hong Kong (first) and New Zealand (second). Details: The index uses eight […]

July 6, 2021

Woman tries to blow-out Olympic Torch using water-gun

What happened: A 54-year old woman was arrested in Japan for protesting against the Tokyo Games by using a water-gun to spray down the Olympic Torch. She was protesting against holding the games amidst a global pandemic. Details: Her video has gone viral on social media, she is seen trying to blow out the torch […]

July 5, 2021

Expatriate Pakistanis can now get Moderna vaccine in KPK

What happened: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s (KPK), provincial health department has announced that Pakistani expatriate workers who are stuck in Pakistan and unable to travel abroad to their duty stations can now be given Moderna COVID-19 vaccine starting Monday. Many have been unable to get back to their country of work because of shortage of acceptable vaccines […]

June 30, 2021

Pakistan seals Iranian border over fear of COVID-19 spread

What happened: Pakistan has reportedly ordered the seal of its Taftan border to its neighbouring country, Iran, in order to curtail the spread of the coronavirus from Iran’s city Zahedan. Sources claim; “No one is allowed to cross the border from either side.” In May of this year, Pakistan had sealed its borders with its […]

June 28, 2021

NCOC is expected to gradually normalise inbound flights from July 1

What happened: National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has released a document stating that from July 1 inbound flights from United Kingdom (UK), Europe, Canada, China and Malaysia will be increased from 20pc to 40pc. Details: COVID-19 situation in most of the world seems to be improving, and as masses continue to get vaccinated air […]

June 28, 2021

Islamabad COVID-19 vaccination center has reopened after vandalisation and strike

What happened: The f-9 vaccination center in Islamabad has reopened following vandalisation. The staff at the center had announced to go on strike after the center was vandalised. “We have sought more doses of Astra Zeneca as F-9 mass vaccination center is currently being overcrowded owing to the arrival of people from other districts also”, […]

June 26, 2021

All COVID-19 vaccination centers in Lahore will remain closed on Sunday (tomorrow)

What happened: The provincial capital’s deputy commissioner has said that vaccination centers across Lahore will remain closed on 27 June 2020 (Sunday). Citizens are advised not to visit any center tomorrow. Click here to see more from Propergaanda.

June 25, 2021

Coronavirus infection rate hits 11.46% in Karachi

What happened: A rise in positivity ratio can be seen two weeks after the lockdown was eased in Karachi. The spokesperson of the Sindh Health Department on Friday stated that Karachi has recorded 404 new cases bringing the corona positivity ratio to 11.46%. Background: The spokesperson further added that Hyderabad recorded 15 new cases bringing […]

June 24, 2021

The new COVID-19 “Delta Plus” variant with increased transmission and vaccine resistance

What happened: There are now more than 40 cases of new COVID-19 Delta Plus variant in India. Indian authorities warn that this a “variant of concern”. It is also known as the AY.1 variant. Details: According to India’s Health Ministry, this variant spreads more easily and affects lungs. The Delta variant was responsible for the […]

June 24, 2021

National Licensing Examination not acceptable to doctors – Grand Medicos Alliance (GDA) and Young Doctors Association

What happened: Grand Medicos Alliance (GDA) and Young Doctors Association have said at a press conference that doctors will launch a protest against the National Licensing Examination if the government does not cancel the exam. “We have already suffered badly due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In case of fresh protest movement, the doctors and patients […]

June 24, 2021

Human Rights Commission of Pakistan’s annual report highlights substantial human rights violations

Violations highlighted by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan report: Cases of forced conversions of religious minorities, accusations of blasphemy, crimes against women and children and enforced disappearances were registered, highlighting the plight of minority and vulnerable segments of society. What the report says about government’s COVID-19 response: The initial response by the Pakistani government […]

June 23, 2021

AstraZeneca vaccine more than 90pc effective against COVID-19 variants first identified in India

What the vaccine offers: The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is found to be more than 90pc effective against hospitalisation from Delta and Kappa variants. Details: The Delta and Kappa variants were first identified in India which have caused more than 180,000 deaths in the vicious second-wave. New deadlier variant: India’s health ministry on Tuesday declared a […]

June 15, 2021

Emirates Airline posts first loss in three decades as covid slams travel

What Happened: The Dubai-based airline -Emirates recorded a loss of $5.5 billion for 2020-21 as Covid-19 continues to wreak havoc over the aviation industry. This is the airline’s first documented loss in more than three decades. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman, and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group said that “In 2020-21, Emirates […]

June 15, 2021

Man arrested for selling fake Covid-19 vaccine certificates in Karachi

What Happened: The police on Monday arrested a man for selling fake Covid-19 certificates in Karachi. He was arrested after a complaint of those in charge of administrating the Covid-19 vaccine at the Expo centre. According to Aziz Bhatti SHO Pervez Solangi the culprit was a barber that was employed in the IT section of […]

May 21, 2021

Conspiracy theories and religious beliefs; Swatis resist the Covid vaccine

As cases of coronavirus rise in Swat, Swatis grow increasingly reluctant to get vaccinated.

May 21, 2021

Covid vaccines for citizens above 30 to open tomorrow

Vaccines open for citizens aged 30 and above from tomorrow in Pakistan.

May 21, 2021

‘Black Fungus’ epidemic in India: 1500 cases reported

Indian states declare a “black fungus” epidemic as cases surge in Covid-recovered patients.

May 19, 2021

Bodies washed up on Indian Riverbanks indicate a massive discrepancy in India’s Covid-19 death toll

Indian Riverbanks are strewn with decaying bodies that indicate India’s death toll during the deadly second wave may be higher than recorded.

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May 11, 2021

India’s COVID crises threaten the global supply chains

In recent days, India has seen a devastating surge in the COVID crisis. Hundreds of thousands of new cases are reported every day, and economists are rethinking their forecasts for double-digit growth this year. This is especially a problem for India that was plunged into recession last year for the first time in nearly a […]

April 29, 2021

Dr. Yasmin Rashid praised for dealing with COVID-19 administration amid fight against cancer

Background: The Punjab Minister for Primary and Secondary Health was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, and has been fighting the illness since then. She had undergone successful surgery for the disease at Shaukat Khanum Lahore in December 2020. She has been going through phases of chemotherapy since then.  Efforts: The Punjab Health Minister has […]

April 28, 2021

IPL slammed after telling players to play for ‘humanity’ amid COVID-19 destruction in India

The debate: A lot of debate has been surrounding the resumption of the lucrative Indian Premier League despite the harrowing situation of the coronavirus ‘storm’, as described by PM Modi, in India. The sports league has been criticized for continuing despite the daily infection count crossing 350,000 and over 3000+ deaths daily.  Supporters of the […]

April 22, 2021

India crosses record of 300,000 COVID-19 cases a day

The Situation: A record of 315,802 COVID-19 cases have been recorded in India in the past 24 hours, the highest daily global total. Fatalities were reported to be around 2,104 across the country. The lethal second wave owing to the new Indian variant has been termed as a “super spreader”. According to research, this new […]

April 21, 2021

UHS Lahore announces postponement of postgraduate entry test

What Happened: On Wednesday, the University of Health Sciences (UHS) Lahore announced that they have decided to postpone the postgraduate entry test which was due to be held this week. They added that the primary reason for this was due to internet disruptions across major cities due to the Tehreek-i-Laibbaik (TLP) riots as well as […]

April 21, 2021

Current COVID-19 wave might shut down major cities, warns Asad Umar

The Announcement: Speaking to the media after attending a meeting with the NCOC (National Command and Operations Centre), the Minister for Planning and Development expressed concerns over the trajectory of the dangerous third wave of the novel coronavirus.  Warning from the Minister: Asad Umar shed light on how the current death and positivity rate is […]

March 30, 2021

The Lyceum Decides To Go To Court Over Registration Suspension

Karachi: One of Karachi’s most prestigious A-Level schools, The Lyceum School has decided to seek judicial aid in disputing the March 17th suspension of it’s registration by the Sindh Directorate of Inspection and Registration of Private Schools. According to various sources, The Directorate cited violations of Supreme Court orders and failure to comply with directives […]

March 13, 2021

Fresh Covid-19 restrictions imposed in Islamabad

The capital’s administration has made it mandatory for residents to wear face masks at all times in public spaces due to rising number of coronavirus cases. What happened: The decision was taken after coronavirus cases in the city rose dramatically. Islamabad has reported 47,365 so far.  Deputy Commissioner Muhammad Hamza Shafqat has imposed Section 144 of the Code […]

December 19, 2020

Head of NCOC Asad Umar tests positive for the coronavirus

What happened: Asad Umar, the head of the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) and the minister for planning and development, confirmed that he tested positive for the coronavirus, on Friday. “Just got my covid test result and it is positive,” stated the chief of Pakistan’s coronavirus monitoring body. He added that he, “Will be […]

December 18, 2020

13,000 Pakistanis volunteer for Covid-19 vaccine trials

What happened: Health officials have stated that, to date, 13,000 people have volunteered for Covid-19 vaccine trials in Pakistan. Trials of a chinese vaccine made by CanSino Biologics started on the 22nd of September, and since then the vaccine has been given to 13,000 Pakistanis. Dr Ejaz Khan, chairman of infection control at Shifa Hospital […]

December 17, 2020

Pakistanis prefer Chinese coronavirus vaccine over other vaccines, survey reveals

What happened: The Institute for Public Opinion Research (IPOR) conducted a survey which found that 35% of the 1,500 Pakistanis surveyed preferred China’s coronavirus vaccine. While 14% of those surveyed backed a Pakistani vaccine and 9% said the U.S vaccine would be better. A government approved vaccine got the green-stamp of 15% of the respondents, and […]

December 16, 2020

Pakistan crosses alarming milestone of 9,000 Covid-19 deaths

What happened: According to data issued by the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) on Wednesday, the novel coronavirus took the live of 105 people in the last 24 hours, surpassing the grim milestone of 9,000 deaths. As per the statistics, out of 105 people who died, 70 were on ventilators and the mortality rate […]

December 14, 2020

Pakistani doctor develops instant Covid-19 test via smartphone

What happened : Toronto based Pakistani doctor, Dr Naqeeb Khalid has introduced an instant Covid-19 diagnostic test easily accessible using a smartphone. Dr Naqeeb Khalid, who graduated from King Edward Medical University in 1983 before gaining expertise in the invention of medical devices and systems, told High Commissioner for Pakistan to Canada, Raza Bashir Tarar, […]

December 12, 2020

Five key genes linked to severe covid-19 found, suggesting existing drugs can be used for treatment

What happened: Researchers who studied the DNA of 2,700 Covid-19 patients in 208 intensive care units across Britain found that five genes involving in two molecular processes – antiviral immunity and lung inflammation – were central to many severe cases. Their research also highlighted several existing drugs that could be repurposed to treat people who […]

December 11, 2020

Sindh government seeks WHO aid for coronavirus vaccine

What happened : A proposal was made by Sindh health minister, Dr Azra Pechuho, to the World Health Organisation (WHO) to help meet the ongoing challenges of vaccination for coronavirus prevention in the province, and she asked the international body to help the local bodies in this process from the procurement of the vaccines to […]

December 10, 2020

Sri Lankan government forcefully cremating muslim Covid-19 victims

What happened: The bodies of muslim Covid-19 victims are forcefully being cremated, and their families are being asked to foot the cost of cremation in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is one of the few countries in the world which has made cremation compulsory for the bodies of all those that succumbed to Covid-19. However, this […]

December 10, 2020

Lahore High Court seeks report on private hospitals excessively charging Covid-19 patients

Dr Salman Kazmi told the court that private hospitals were charging fees of Rs 150,000 from COVID-19 patients for each day spent in the hospital. Subsequently, the court sought a report from a commission over heavy fees charged by the private hospitals and adjourned further hearings till December 11. Social media was in an uproar […]

December 10, 2020

UK issues allergy warning over new Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine

What happened : The British health authorities, on Wednesday, warned that anyone who has a prior underlying health history of allergic reactions should not get the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine, at least for the time being. This statement was made after some of the National Health Service (NHS) staff, who received the vaccine, suffered from an […]

December 9, 2020

Asad Umar warns of further restrictions if SOP violations continue

What happened: Asad Umar, The Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives while addressing a press conference after the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) meeting in Islamabad said that the government will be bound to take stricter measures, if the public does not take the pandemic seriously. He said that, if the surge in […]

December 9, 2020

Pakistan to face more deadly second wave after virus mutation

What happened: Health experts say that the coronavirus has mutated itself, its new strain is unable to be detected in some tests, and it seems to last longer. Pakistan is facing the second wave of the novel coronavirus, and with each passing day, more cases are being reported. The number of spikes on the coronavirus […]

December 8, 2020

Pakistan in talks with China and Russia to acquire Covid-19 vaccine

What happened: On Monday, the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr Faisal Sultan said that Pakistani health authorities are negotiating with China and Russia, to acquire the coronavirus vaccines. While talking to a Turkish news agency, Anadolu Agencycine, Faisal Sultan said “We are in talks with China, Russia and some other countries […]

December 7, 2020

Pakistani and Indian comic-book superheroes unite to fight Covid-19

What happened : India’s first female comic-book superhero Priya, who has previously appeared in campaigns against sex trafficking and molesters, has now joined hands with her Pakistani counterpart Jiya, commonly referred to as the “Burka Avenger”, in order to fight the misinformation about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Both the superheroes will now work together to […]

December 7, 2020

7 coronavirus patients die after oxygen supply runs out in Peshawar hospital

What happened: 7 coronavirus patients died, on Saturday, as a result of not being supplied oxygen in Peshawar’s Khyber Teaching Hospital. “The hospital receives oxygen cylinders from Rawalpindi,” said Khyber Teaching Hospital spokesperson. “Oxygen cylinders did not arrive on time.”, he said. The oxygen cylinders which did not arrive on time were the main factor […]

December 5, 2020

Suspended and Covid infected KMC employee hugs senior in protest salary halt

What happened : A KMC staff member posted in Landhi, who was suspended over corruption complaints, had his salary stopped. He visited the office and he embraced a senior officer of the Human Resource department and later informed that he was Covid positive, causing a massive uproar in the KMC head office. All floors of […]

December 3, 2020

Alarm bells ring in Pakistan as active coronavirus cases surge past 50,000

What happened: Pakistan’s number of active coronavirus cases surged past 50,000 on Wednesday, according to the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC). The second wave of the virus is spreading throughout the country as 3,499 new infections were reported in the past 24 hours. With the addition of the new cases the number of active […]

December 2, 2020

Covid-19 vaccine to be provided free of cost to all in Pakistan

What happened: Dr Nausheen Hamid, the Parliamentary Secretary for National Health Services Regulations and Coordination (NHSRC), said that once Pakistan had procured the Covid-19 vaccine it will be administered to citizens free of cost. In an interview with a private news channel Dr. Hamid stated that once its “efficacy is proved” it will be made […]

December 2, 2020

Almost 100 Pakistani healthcare workers have lost their lives to Covid-19

What happened: The coronavirus has caused the deaths of almost a 100 healthcare workers in Pakistan. The country is in the grip of the second wave of the deadly virus and concerns are mounting, once again, over the lack of sufficient protective gear for healthcare workers. The National Command Operation Center (NCOC) has stated that of […]

November 30, 2020

Baby with antibodies born from mother infected with Covid-19

What happened: A Singaporean woman who contracted the coronavirus has given birth to a baby with antibodies against the virus. Celine Ng-Chan, was 10 weeks pregnant when she got infected with Covid-19, after returning from a family holiday in Europe, in March. She has given birth to a healthy baby boy, Aldrin, and coronavirus antibodies […]

November 30, 2020

70 percent of Pakistan’s coronavirus cases being reported from 5 cities

What happened: According to the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) data released on Sunday, Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar and Karachi are the cities that have reported 70 percent of all coronavirus cases in Pakistan. The NCOC meeting also revealed that Mirpur, Karachi, Hyderabad, Rawalpindi and Peshawar were all cities were the coronavirus positivity rate […]

November 26, 2020

6 Pakistani cricket players in New Zealand test positive for coronavirus

What happened: 6 players of the Pakistani cricket team, currently on tour in New Zealand, have tested positive for the coronavirus. New Zealand Cricket (NZC) posted a statement on its website stating that it was, “made aware today that six members of the Pakistan touring squad, currently in managed isolation in Christchurch, have tested positive […]

November 24, 2020

Prime Minister gives green light to start vaccine production process in Pakistan

Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed the Ministry of health to start the coronavirus vaccine production process, via a letter he wrote to them. The Prime Minister has told Health Ministry officials to start preparing proposals for the production of a vaccine. Officials have been directed to prepare proposals after consulting about the vaccine with […]

November 21, 2020

Punjab government hid almost 300 Coronavirus deaths, audit report reveals

An audit report has revealed that almost 300 coronavirus deaths were not reported by the Punjab government. This has prompted serious controversy and criticism around the Punjab government’s data entry system. Up until the 19th of November, the Punjab government maintained that the number of Covid-19 related deaths was 2,519. However, the coronavirus death toll […]

November 18, 2020

Please be aware, the ‘mouthwash kills covid story’ isn’t a reason to stop wearing masks

Many news outlets have posted, recently, that mouthwash can kill coronavirus particles in your mouth. This however is not a cure nor is it going to protect you from corona. Although the internet seems to have run with joke now. So they’re saying Listerine could kill COVID. This isn’t surprising to me, as I’m pretty […]

November 17, 2020

What can you fit in a teaspoon? The 3.3 million billion coronavirus particles wreaking havoc worldwide

All of the coronavirus cells currently infecting people worldwide can fit almost entirely in a teaspoon, according to TV mathematician Matt Parker. Despite the staggering number of coronavirus cases worldwide— 53 million— the microscopic size of the coronavirus cells mean that they can fit in a little more than a teaspoon. One teaspoon, on average, […]

November 11, 2020

Pfizer’s vaccine probably isn’t going to be Pakistan’s salvation

The recent announcement of Pfizer and BioNtech’s Covid-19 vaccine sent the world into a tizzy, including Pakistan. There is already talk of the pandemic coming to an end soon and life returning to normal. However, while this vaccine is good news it isn’t the magic cure-all that everyone is perceiving it to be. And, Pakistanis […]

May 6, 2020

Antibody that stops the novel coronavirus from infecting cells discovered by Dutch scientists

Researchers in the Netherlands have identified an antibody that can stop the new coronavirus from infecting cells in laboratory tests. The scientists are hopeful that this will help with the development of therapies for Covid-19. According to the research published in Nature Communications, the antibody neutralised the new coronavirus and the authors said it “offers […]

April 27, 2020

Pakistan reports alarming increase in Covid-19 cases on second day of Ramadan

The Novel Coronavirus continues to spread in Pakistan during Ramadan, with nearly 700 new cases and close to a dozen virus-related deaths reported on Sunday. How have the stats changed in the past 24 hours? In one day, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Pakistan rose from 12,658 to 13,328.  Stats from Punjab and […]

April 17, 2020

Sindh High Court rejects plea to overrule ban on congregational prayers

An applicant had filed a plea with the Sindh High Court to overrule the government’s ban on congregational prayers. The ban was put into place in view of social distancing – to curb the spread of Covid-19. “The executive is using its powers to ensure the safety of human life,” the bench said while discarding […]

April 10, 2020

Mob assaults police woman trying to enforce ban on Jummah prayers in Karachi

A mob of men violently attacked a police woman in Karachi at the Jamia Masjid Haqqani in Orangi Town when she went to arrest citizens who were violating the rules of the lockdown. Sindh’s police is facing backlash from the public in trying to enforce a ban on congregational prayers, put into effect by the […]

April 9, 2020

As cases surge, Pakistan must avoid the UK style response to Covid-19

The following article has been contributed by Omer Azhar Bhatti. Omer is the co-founder of the Future of Pakistan Conference and a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Sciences. A day before Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the spread of Covid-19 could no longer be contained in the United Kingdom, the head […]

April 4, 2020

Just breathing or talking may be enough to spread COVID-19

The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 may spread through the air in tiny particles that infected people exhale during normal breathing and speech. Until now, experts have said that the virus, called SARS-CoV-2, doesn’t spread through the air in that way, but rather through relatively large droplets released when people cough or sneeze. Those droplets can contaminate surfaces […]

April 2, 2020

SARS-CoV-2 vs. Covid-19 – Outbreak terms explained

The coronavirus pandemic came hand in hand with an overwhelming amount of information. Every day, we’re faced with new medical terms, public health measures and more. Here’s a glossary of all the terms you need to be up to date with during the pandemic. We’ll keep adding to the list as more things pop up. […]

March 31, 2020

#MillionsOfMeals program to help Pakistan’s most at risk segment of society

The new decade came with many promises, but two months in, Covid-19 took the world by storm, evolving into a full blown pandemic. The disease which was first reported in Wuhan, China towards the end of 2019 has now impacted 200 countries and territories, with 787,233 reported cases as of 31st March 2020 and 37,844 […]

March 30, 2020

Morgues in Karachi were shut down on Sunday over COVID-19 fears

Karachi’s mortuaries were closed across the city on Sunday, after two bodies brought into Edhi’s morgue were suspected to be those of patients who had died due to the Coronavirus. “The morgues have been closed over fears that the coronavirus will spread from them,” stated a city administration official. A representative from the Edhi office also […]

March 30, 2020

Pakistani designer Asim Jofa to start production of protective gear for doctors

Asim Jofa along with his team has made a pecial protective gear for medical staff that continues to work in hospitals in order to treat patients suffering from Covid-19. In a video uploaded on Instagram, the designer showed what the first fabric prototype of the protective suit looked like. Shortage of protective gear in Pakistan […]

March 30, 2020

Local transmission now makes up 35% of confirmed Covid-19 cases reported in Sindh

The Sindh government has reported six new coronavirus cases due to local transmission of the novel coronavirus in Karachi on Monday. The provincial tally have now risen to 508, which is 30.5% of the total number of cases in Pakistan.  In Sindh, there are 177 cases of local transmission, which is nearly 35% of the […]

March 25, 2020

Life starts returning to normal in Hubei province

On Wednesday, life started to return to normal in the Hubei province of China, after a lockdown that lasted two months. Hubei, a province of 60 million people, was the epicentre of China’s COVID-19 outbreak.  The capital of the Hubei province, Wuhan, will finally have its lockdown lifted on the 8th of April. Beijing has already […]

March 25, 2020

No sympathy for Maria B: Down with this elitist BS

Let’s get real, the trend of people popularising panic driven videos is not going to die down any time soon, especially not at a time when the whole of Pakistan is quarantined in their homes, frantically swiping on their feeds for new content – or as MangoBaaz would put it, “Content that’s as juicy,” as […]

March 22, 2020

Balochistan CM denies Gaurdian Taftan quarantine story, overwhelming evidence suggests otherwise

“It was the smell that was the worst. In this dusty camp on Pakistan’s border with Iran, which at one stage held more than 6,000 people, the stench of sweat, rubbish and human excrement hung in the air. There was no real housing, just five people to a ragged tent, and no bathrooms, towels or blankets.” […]

March 21, 2020

How to keep your kids safe during the pandemic

As schools close around the world, families are spending more time in close quarters. Three experts, Dr John Carl, pediatric pulmonologist at Cleveland Clinic, Dr Akiko Iwasaki, professor of immunology at Yale University and Dr Gregory Poland, vaccine expert and internal medicine physician at the Mayo Clinic, spoke to The Guardian on how kids and […]

March 20, 2020

COVID-19: New data shows almost 40 percent of patients hospitalised in the U.S were aged between 20 to 54

New C.D.C. (Centre for Disease Control) data shows that nearly 40 percent of patients which were hospitalised because of the virus were of the age 20 to 54. Although risk of dying still remains significantly higher in older people. Know more Latest data suggests that Americans of all age groups are under threat, and not […]

March 19, 2020

The four stages of Covid-19; Where does Pakistan stand?

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a global health crisis afflicting almost every country and territory in the world. As the virus spreads across the globe, different countries stand at different stages of the COVID-19 infection.  What are the four stages of coronavirus? Based on a report conducted by the Indian Council of Medical Research […]

March 18, 2020

Yes, there is positive news around COVID-19

The last few weeks, there’s been nothing on the news other than coronavirus. And rightfully so. Because the virus is spreading rapidly and measures need to be taken to curb it. However, along with legit reporting there has been so much fake news circulating which has caused mass hysteria and panic. Everyone is pitching in […]

March 18, 2020

All the companies working on a COVID-19 vaccine and what we know about them so far

On Monday, for the first time since the pandemic started, a human trial of a potential vaccine to COVID-19 was carried out in a medical centre in Seattle. The vaccine was developed by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and a Massachusetts-based biotechnology company Moderna.  What we know about Moderna Moderna is possibly the first […]

March 16, 2020

COVID-19:This person was just denied an Uber ride due to his ethnicity in Downtown Toronto

Alvis Kernel, a Canadian resident with roots in Hong Kong, was reportedly denied a seat in the uber due to his Asian ethnicity as mass hysteria kicks in

March 13, 2020

India reports its first coronavirus fatality

The 74-year-old patient died from coronavirus in India, making it the country’s first fatality. The patient had recently returned from Saudi Arabia. 70 cases have been reported in India so far. New Dehli’s has reported six cases, while the state of Kerala was hit the worst with 17 cases. What is the course of action […]

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