Crypto investors face more uncertainty after rocky start to 2022 – Newspaper

Crypto investors face more uncertainty after rocky start to 2022 - Newspaper

Investors are bracing for more gyrations in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, as worries over a hawkish Federal Reserve threaten to squelch risk appetite across markets. The volatility traditionally associated with cryptocurrencies has been on full display in recent weeks. Bitcoin, the largest cryptocurrency, is up by around 33 per cent since Jan 24 and recently … Read more

PTA to be approached for blocking crypto portals – Newspaper

PTA to be approached for blocking crypto portals - Newspaper

KARACHI: Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Director-General Dr Sanaullah Abbasi on Saturday said the agency will approach the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) for blocking websites dealing in cryptocurrencies to prevent fraud and possible money laundering. He was talking to the media after holding a meeting with a team of senior officials of the State Bank of … Read more

Capital sees rise in Covid-19 weekly positivity rate – Newspaper

Capital sees rise in Covid-19 weekly positivity rate - Newspaper

ISLAMABAD: With the arrival of winter, the weekly Covid-19 positivity ratio has started increasing which is being considered as an early warning for the whole country because during all four waves cases started increasing from the capital. Meanwhile, four people were diagnosed with Covid-19 in Rawalpindi district on Sunday and the positivity ratio was recorded … Read more

Govt’s ‘rejection’ of AGP report on Covid-19 spending termed unrealistic – Newspaper

Govt’s ‘rejection’ of AGP report on Covid-19 spending termed unrealistic - Newspaper

ISLAMABAD: The PTI-led government is possibly the first in history to have openly rejected a report of the Auditor General of Pakistan (AGP) – a constitutional body established for the public oversight of government expenditures. However, despite strong rhetoric from Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry that the government had rejected the audit report related to the … Read more

Four die in Peshawar as govt expedites Covid vaccination – Newspaper

Four die in Peshawar as govt expedites Covid vaccination - Newspaper

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa recorded four more mortalities, all from Peshawar, due to coronavirus and 80 new cases on Tuesday as health department ordered acceleration of vaccination efforts to inoculate the target population. Health Secretary Mohammad Tahir Orakzai issued a notification regarding launching a special three-day drive from December 1 to December 3. It said that … Read more

New Covid danger – Newspaper

New Covid danger - Newspaper

DESPITE a palpable sense of the world going back to ‘normal’, the emergence of a new Covid-19 variant has begun to threaten global health and economies once again. Dubbed the Omicron variant, the new mutation of the virus was first detected in South Africa and is said to have an “unprecedented number of spike mutations”. … Read more

All four private Covid labs at Peshawar airport unregistered – Newspaper

All four private Covid labs at Peshawar airport unregistered - Newspaper

PESHAWAR: A health department committee of experts has revealed that all the four private Covid-19 testing labs working at Peshawar’s Bacha Khan International Airport are not registered with the provincial government, have untrained staff members and are largely not complying with infection prevention guidelines. The department will formally share the panel’s report with NCOC, the … Read more

Response to Covid – Newspaper

Response to Covid - Newspaper

COVID-19 has exposed the fragility of existing pandemic preparedness arrangements governed largely, until now, via international health regulations (IHR) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). Various panels and working groups have mulled over the deficiencies in response and suggested ways to redress gaps for future pandemics. A special session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) … Read more

New Covid surge – Newspaper

New Covid surge - Newspaper

PARTS of Europe and the US have seen a rise in Covid-19 cases, sparking fears of a fourth or fifth wave in several countries as winter approaches. In Austria, just days after a lockdown was announced for the unvaccinated, the government has imposed a complete national lockdown for 20 days to avert a disaster. Though … Read more

Covid-19 cases on decline across country – Newspaper

Covid-19 cases on decline across country - Newspaper

ISLAMABAD: Covid-19 cases are on decline as only 391 people contracted the virus and nine people lost their lives on Friday. According to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), out of 38,524 Covid-19 tests conducted across the country over the past 24 hours, 391 came back positive, suggesting a positivity rate of 1.01 per … Read more

Managing Covid-19 – Newspaper – DAWN.COM

Managing Covid-19 - Newspaper - DAWN.COM

THE Covid-19 pandemic has adversely impacted even the most resilient health systems — from individuals to communities, from daily wagers to accomplished professionals. However, Pakistan, a developing country of nearly 220 million inhabitants has fared well in its fight against Covid-19. This success is embedded in multiple factors which have contributed towards effectively managing the … Read more

Flights, weddings cancelled as China tackles Covid cases – Newspaper

Flights, weddings cancelled as China tackles Covid cases - Newspaper

BEIJING: Beijing officials on Friday told residents to postpone weddings and keep funeral ceremonies short, as disease controls across China were tightened just months before the Winter Olympics kicks off in the capital. The world’s most populous nation has reduced infection numbers to a trickle since its initial epidemic last spring thanks to a zero-tolerance … Read more

Govt announces door-to-door Covid vaccination drive – Newspaper

Govt announces door-to-door Covid vaccination drive - Newspaper

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Secretary Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah has directed all the deputy commissioners and district health officers (DHOs) to launch a two-week Covid-19 vaccination outreach drive in their respective districts ‘on a pattern similar to the polio campaign’. In this respect, the officials have been told that they can engage the workforce of other … Read more

Peshawar records most Covid, dengue cases in KP – Newspaper

Peshawar records most Covid, dengue cases in KP - Newspaper

PESHAWAR: There is no let-up in the spread of coronavirus and dengue in Peshawar despite their declining incidence in other high-risk districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Five people lost life to Covid-19 and 91 were infected with it in the province on Saturday. Of them, four deaths and 49 cases were reported in the provincial capital. … Read more

Minister urges district administrations to expedite Covid vaccinations – Newspaper

Minister urges district administrations to expedite Covid vaccinations - Newspaper

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar on Thursday urged district administrations of Karachi, Hyderabad, Nowshera, Faisalabad, Quetta, Mingora and Mardan to expedite vaccination so that the country could be able to avoid fifth wave of Covid-19. “To ensure there is no 5th wave of Covid we have to meet vaccination … Read more

Covid vaccination increases after being linked with documentation – Newspaper

Covid vaccination increases after being linked with documentation - Newspaper

PESHAWAR: Covid-19 vaccination is increasing after government’s decision of linking it with getting admission in educational institutions and land registration and transfer documents. Prof Khalid Mahmood at Lady Reading Hospital told this scribe that all the vaccines currently used had efficacy in the range of 79 to 96 per cent in preventing the infectious disease. … Read more

Covid-19 claims another two lives – Newspaper

Covid-19 claims another two lives - Newspaper

ISLAMABAD: Two patients lost their battle against Covid-19 while 60 more contracted the virus during the last 24 hours in the federal capital and Rawalpindi. The weekly positivity rate in Islamabad dropped to 1.39pc compared to 1.56pc reported during the previous week. District Health Officer Dr Zaeem Zia said the infection ratio had fallen in … Read more

Fewer than 1,000 Covid cases reported for second consecutive day – Newspaper

Fewer than 1,000 Covid cases reported for second consecutive day - Newspaper

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan reported fewer than 1,000 cases of Covid-19 for the second consecutive day on Saturday as 955 more people were infected by the deadly virus and 29 died. According to the National Command and Operation Centre’s (NCOC) data, there were 43,352 active cases as of Oct 9 and 2,744 patients were admitted to various … Read more

Violent protests against Covid curbs continue in Australian city – Newspaper

Violent protests against Covid curbs continue in Australian city - Newspaper

SYDNEY: Police in Australia’s second largest city of Melbourne arrested more than 200 people after projectiles thrown by protesters injured two officers on Wednesday, the third consecutive day of demonstrations against Covid-19 restrictions. Golf balls, batteries and bottles were among the items thrown at police during the protests held in defiance of stay-at home orders … Read more

Pindi records three Covid-19 casualties – Newspaper

Pindi records three Covid-19 casualties - Newspaper

ISLAMABAD: Three persons succumbed to Covid-19 and 259 cases surfaced in the federal capital and Rawalpindi on Sunday. The weekly positivity ratio in Islamabad dropped to 4.62 per cent while it remained at 7.2pc in Rawalpindi. There were no casualties in the federal capital, however, 192 people were found infected out of 4,289 tests carried … Read more