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‘Pakistan govt pursuing holistic strategy to keep COVID-19 at bay’

Mirza said that the country has a ”robust” tracing, testing and quarantine policy to know about the hotspots and seal them.

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Pakistan Heath Minister Zafar Mirza

Islamabad, June 10 : Prime Minister Imran Khan”s top aide on health Dr Zafar Mirza on Wednesday said that the Pakistan government has been pursuing a holistic strategy to stem the spread of the coronavirus in the country.

Mirza”s response came after the World Health Organisation wrote to the Pakistan government suggesting that the country should reimpose intermittent lockdowns to curb the spread of COVID-19, The News International reported.

He said that the government has made tough choices to ensure there is a balance between saving lives and sustaining livelihoods.

Mirza said that the country has a ”robust” tracing, testing and quarantine policy to know about the hotspots and seal them.

“Currently there are more than seven hundred such smart lockdowns in place,” he said.

Mirza added that the country is also beefing up its healthcare system in order to facilitate more patients, adding that the government has formulated its policies based on best evidence on the virus and assessment of its own socio-economic condition.

The Special Assistant to PM also lauded the role and guidance rendered by the WHO during the pandemic.

As of Wednesday, Pakistan recorded more than 113,500 cases of the virus and above 2,200 deaths.

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US tops 2,000 deaths in 24 hours for first time in three months: Johns Hopkins

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The United States of America tops 2,000 Coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in 24 hours for first time in three months, Johns Hopkins University said.

Global Covid-19 deaths surpassed 710,000 on Thursday, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

Total Covid-19 cases around the world rose to 18,908,111, with deaths reaching 710,318, the CSSE data showed, Xinhua reported.

The US reported the most Covid-19 cases and deaths, which stood at 4,864,151 and 159,600 respectively, followed by Brazil with 2,859,073 cases and 97,256 deaths.

Other countries with over 30,000 fatalities include Mexico, Britain, India, Italy and France.

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The Prince Edward Islands region was struck by a magnitude 6.3 quake that occurred on May 9 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi).

The Molucca Sea was struck by a magnitude 6.1 quake that occurred on May 11 at a depth of 30.2 km (18.8 mi).

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Coronavirus: Africa’s cases of COVID-19 top 1 million

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JOHANNESBURG : Africa’s confirmed cases of COVID-19 have surpassed 1 million, a Reuters tally showed on Thursday, as the disease began to spread rapidly through a continent whose relative isolation has so far spared it the worst of the pandemic.

The continent recorded 1,003,056 cases, of which 21,983 have died and 676,395 recovered. South Africa – which is the world’s fifth worst-hit nation and makes up more than half of sub-Saharan Africa’s case load – has recorded 538,184 cases since its first case on March 5, the health ministry said on Thursday. (Graphic: tmsnrt.rs/2WZPuOh)

Low levels of testing in many countries mean Africa’s infection rates are likely to be higher than reported, experts said.

In South Africa, a study showed some 17,000 deaths above the normal rate, or a 60% excess, between early May and mid-July, suggesting more people are dying of COVID-19 than official figures reflect. South African mortuaries that are running out of space and coffins have resorted to storing bodies in refrigerated shipping containers.

Already creaking public health services are overwhelmed and there are shortages of beds, protective gear and nurses. COVID-19 patients have sometimes had to be treated alongside others.

A nurse at a hospital in South Africa’s biggest township of Soweto, who declined to be named because she was not authorised to speak to the media, said patients were sometimes left lying next to a corpse for hours because there weren’t enough staff to remove it. More than a third of staff caught the virus on duty.

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