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Brief: 23-07-2021

  • Coronavirus cases cross 1 million as threat of fourth wave looms

Pakistan reports 1,425 COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the countrywide tally of positive cases to 1,000,034. NCOC says 11 new deaths recorded in Pakistan in the last 24 hours, taking the nationwide death toll to 22,939. The number of active coronavirus cases stands at 53623, while 923,472 people have recovered in Pakistan.

  • 62 more return home from Saudi jails

Sixty-two Pakistanis languishing in prisons of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) were brought back home via a special flight on Tuesday after Prime Minister Imran Khan intervened and arranged funds for their repatriation.

“On my instructions, funds were arranged & a special flight brought back 62 prisoners from KSA today, so they could be back with their families for Eid,” Mr. Khan tweeted and posted their picture.

“Helping Pakistanis in prisons abroad & assisting in their return to Pakistan is my govt’s commitment to our people,” the tweet added.

  • Rain-induced floods, land sliding block Karakoram Highway, disrupt life in Gilgit-Baltistan

As a result of rain-induced floods, the land route between Gilgit and Rawalpindi has also been blocked, and tourists, in particular, are facing difficulties.

 The Karakoram Highway remained closed for traffic for the second consecutive day due to land sliding at Tatta Pani and Lal Pari areas of GB’s Diamer district, according to the Diamer police control room. As a result, several tourists were stuck.

  • UET appoints first female engineering professor

The University of Engineering and Technology (UET) has appointed the first female engineering professor in 100 years.

Dr. Saima Yasin has joined the Chemical Engineering Department, becoming the first professor of engineering at the oldest and largest seat of higher learning in engineering and technology since its establishment, initially as the Mughalpura Technical College in 1921.

  • Survey says 42pc people in Sindh suffering from depression due to Covid

A survey on the psychological impact of the coronavirus crisis has revealed that 42 percent of respondents in Sindh reported depression.

The Sindh Mental Health Authority (SMHA) survey, conducted in coordination with the Edhi Foundation and researchers from four universities in Karachi, is the first such attempt in Pakistan to assess the situation.

All over the world, the rate of mental illness has increased since the beginning of the pandemic. While research on the psychological impact of Covid-19 across Pakistan is still limited, the outbreak which started in February 2019 and the ensuing restrictions have led to problems such as unemployment, closure of schools, limited socialization, and disruption in many routine activities — all contributing to the psychological burden of the population.

  • Tajikistan tests combat readiness as Taliban advance in Afghanistan

The 230,000 members of the Central Asian country’s security forces were alerted for the test at 4 am on the order of President Emomali Rakhmon. Dushanbe also relocated 20,000 troops to strengthen its force on the border with Afghanistan. The military inspection was the first of its kind in the ex-Soviet country’s 30-year history. It involved testing all weapons used by the Tajik army, including ground, aviation, and artillery forces.

  • India raids media companies critical of govt handling of Covid-19 crisis

Indian tax authorities raided a prominent newspaper and a TV channel that has been critical of the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, triggering accusations of intimidation.

    COVID-19 Updates

  • With 1,435  new COVID-19 cases, 11 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours
  • 53,623 COVID-19 cases are active in the country
  • The total death tally of Covid-19 stands at 22,939
  • 543 people recovered from Coronavirus in the last 24 hours
  • The positivity rate of Covid-19 is recorded at 5.6%
  • Over 192.5  million are infected globally
  • More than 4.1 million have died due to the virus
  • Over 170 million recovered from COVID-19
  • China reports more local Covid-19 cases in eastern province of Jiangsu
  • Pakistan crosses grim milestone of 1 million Covid-19 cases
  • Islamabad, GB and AJK collectively report 161 Covid cases, 3 deaths
  • KP, Balochistan report 127 Covid cases, 4 deaths
  • 115 virus cases, 3 deaths recorded in Punjab
  • Pakistan reports 543 Covid-19 recoveries
  • Taiwan to lower Covid-19 alert level as cases drop
  • New Zealand suspends quarantine-free travel with Australia
  • Italy introduces Green Pass restrictions to curb Covid-19 surge

Gohar Imdad
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