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Brief: 05-07-2021

  • Pakistan’s coronavirus positivity rate nears 3%, active cases go over 33,000

Pakistan reported 1,347 new cases of the novel coronavirus in the last 24 hours, marking the fifth consecutive day of 1,000+ daily new cases.

Another 19 people lost their lives to COVID-19 over this 24-hour period, as per data from the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) issued Monday morning.

  • Price of CNG increases as gas stations reopen after two weeks in Karachi

Citizens were immensely relieved on Monday after CNG stations, that had remained closed for the past two weeks, reopened.  People had started queuing up outside CNG station inside their cars, since Sunday night, to get CNG. Consumers in Karachi have complained that the pump station owners have fixed the price of CNG at Rs140 per kg, marking an increase of Rs16 per kg increase in the price of the gas.

  • Woman in Lahore withdraws rape complaint, says suspect is her husband

A woman, who had alleged that she was repeatedly raped by a man at his house, where she was staying after “her return from United Kingdom” to attend her father’s funeral, withdrew the allegation on Sunday, saying the “suspect” was her husband.

  • PIA to bring back 6,460 Pakistanis from Gulf States

Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan told media at his public secretariat in Saddar that instead of Airbus the PIA would operate Boeing 777 to bring back the Pakistanis from Dubai, Sharjah, Doha and Bahrain on 18 flights before Eid. The operation of Boeing would increase the number of seats by 2,000.

  • Biden marks ‘independence’ from COVID-19, but pandemic remains a threat

President Joe Biden celebrated US Independence Day on Sunday with an upbeat assessment of a country he said is roaring back to post-pandemic life, even if COVID-19 has yet to be fully “vanquished.”

Speaking before a festive crowd of 1,000 guests on the White House South Lawn, Biden drew a comparison between the declaration of independence from the British Empire in 1776 and today’s rapid recovery from the coronavirus.

  • Taliban seize key Kandahar district after fierce fighting

The Taliban have captured a key district in their former bastion of Kandahar — the latest area to be seized since US troops began their final withdrawal — after fierce night-time fighting with Afghan government forces.

  • UAE criticizes oil production deal as unjust

UAE push to increase its production baseline is reported to have derailed last week’s meeting of the alliance of oil-producing countries, and also sets it against its ally, Saudi Arabia.

“The UAE demands to have justice in the new agreement after April, and it is our sovereign right to demand reciprocity with the rest of the countries,” Energy Minister Suhail Mohamed said in a television interview.

  • After last ‘Middle Sunday’, Wimbledon resumes with fresh faces

Wimbledon’s traditional ‘Middle Sunday’ of rest will disappear in 2022, as will the ‘Manic Monday’ that follows it. For one last time, the oldest Grand Slam tournament was quiet as first week of this year’s edition ended. And for one last time, the second week will begin with a bevy of action, the only major to schedule all 16 women’s and men’s fourth-round singles matches on the same day.

  • England, Denmark set up semi-final clash at Euro 2020

England crushed Ukraine 4-0 in Rome on Saturday to set up a Euro 2020 semi-final against Denmark who continued their remarkable run by beating the Czech Republic in the last eight earlier.

  • Federal, Punjab govts to fund Tech University in Sialkot

The Punjab government has provided a free-of-cost 500 acres piece of land near Sambrial for the project whose total estimated cost is Rs16.8bn. The federal and Punjab governments will provide half of the amount each for the project scheduled to be completed by 2027.

COVID-19 Updates:

  • With 1,347 new COVID-19 cases, 19 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours
  • 33,299 COVID-19 cases are active in the country
  • The total death tally of Covid-19 stands at 22,427
  • 650 people recovered from Coronavirus in the last 24 hours
  • The positivity rate of Covid-19 is recorded at 3%
  • Over 183.4 million are infected globally
  • More than 3.9 million have died due to the virus
  • Over 133.7  million recovered from COVID-19
  • Australians trapped in vaccine ‘Hunger Games’ says top official
  • Biden marks ‘independence’ from Covid, but pandemic remains a threat
  • Portugal’s Madeira to allow visitors with Covid shots not approved by EU
  • Mortuary at Fiji’s largest hospital full as Covid-19 cases surge

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