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Brief: 03-08-2021

  • Critical Covid patients constitute 63pc of total admissions to Punjab hospitals

The burden of critical patients of Covid-19 is increasing fast in public and private hospitals of Punjab after the highly infectious and deadly Delta variant visibly dominated other strains.

  • CDA allowed narrowing of E-11 drain in Islamabad

It has been transpired that Capital Development Authority (CDA) itself approved narrowing of the nullah in E-11/2 from 40 feet to 18 feet, which caused urban flooding and the death of a mother and her child.

  • High-rise being built in Karachi’s Clifton in violation of SC orders

A 19-story residential-cum-commercial building in Clifton Cantonment is being constructed in brazen violation of Supreme Court orders. On Jan 22, 2019, a two-judge bench led by Justice Gulzar Ahmed had banned the conversion of residential and amenity plots for commercial purposes “all across Karachi City including cantonment areas”.

  • Punjab Assembly Speaker vows to act against violators of MPA’s production orders

The Punjab Assembly speaker is adamant about ‘protecting the sanctity of the house on Nazir Chohan’s production issue, though the MPA himself shows his inability to attend the assembly session for being hospitalized due to a cardiac problem.

“I shall never let anyone violate the sanctity of the house and its members, come what may. The officers who didn’t implement my production orders [for Mr. Chohan who is in FIA custody] would be held accountable at all costs,” Chaudhry Parvez Elahi said.

  • PM Imran sets wealth creation as next target of govt

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday said that after attaining what he called “stability” in the economy, his government’s next target was to increase exports and cut imports to save foreign exchange and create wealth that would bring prosperity to the country.

  • Ghani blames speedy US pullout for worsening violence

The Afghan pre­sident on Monday blamed the American troops’ speedy pullout for the worsening violence in his country and said his administration would now focus on protecting provincial capitals and major urban areas in the face of the rapidly advancing Taliban.

  • US ready to take in thousands of more Afghans as violence worsens

The United States said on Monday it was ready to take in thousands more Afghans whose US links put them at risk from the Taliban as Western troops leave, but the asylum-seekers will face an arduous journey to safety.

  • Delta spreads ‘like wildfire’ as variant’s severity baffles disease experts

With a new wave of Covid-19 infections fueled by the Delta variant striking countries worldwide, disease experts are scrambling to learn whether the latest version of coronavirus is making people — mainly the unvaccinated — sicker than before.

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention warned that Delta, first identified in India and now dominant worldwide, is “likely more severe” than earlier versions of the virus.

  • Millions under lockdown as China battles Delta outbreak

Millions of people were confined to their homes in China on Monday as the country tried to contain its largest coronavirus outbreak in months including seven positive tests found in Wuhan, where the virus first emerged in late 2019.

  • Britain win shootout to reach semis

Britain beat Spain in a penalty shootout to secure the last semi-final spot in the women’s Olympic hockey tournament on Monday, joining India, Argentina, and the Netherlands in the last four.

  • Axelsen dethrones Chen to bag badminton gold

Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen swept the men’s singles Olympic gold medal on Monday, unseating Chen Long of China who claimed the title at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Axelsen and Chen, two of the world’s most brutal smashers, ended their match 21-15, 21-12 after nearly an hour of flash shots and mesmerizing rallies. Afterward, Chen embraced and spoke in Chinese with Axelsen, who was still sobbing when he left the court.

COVID-19 Updates

  • With 3,582  new COVID-19 cases, 67 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours
  • 75,373  COVID-19 cases are active in the country
  • The total death tally of Covid-19 stands at 23,529
  • 1,355 people recovered from Coronavirus in the last 24 hours
  • The positivity rate of Covid-19 is recorded at 7.19%
  • Over 198.2  million are infected globally
  • More than 4.2 million have died due to the virus
  • Over 170 million recovered from COVID-19
  • Rapid virus spread through Indonesia taxes health workers
  • Germany’s confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 1,766
  • Over 1m vaccine doses administered across Pakistan on Aug 2: NCOC
  • Islamabad, GB and AJK collectively report 500 new cases
  • Punjab reports 652 cases, 16 deaths
  • 1,355 Covid patients recover in Pakistan
  • 458 Covid cases detected in KP, 125 in Balochistan
  • China’s Wuhan to test ‘all residents’ as Covid returns
  • Japan limits hospitalization of Covid-19 patients to most serious as cases surge

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