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Brief: 23-08-2021

  • Educational institutes in Sindh to remain closed indefinitely

As the number of hospitalized Covid-19 patients has increased by almost three folds in the past 45 days, the Sindh government has decided that educational institutes in the province will remain closed till their staff is vaccinated.

  • Islamabad remains only city to have surpassed 40pc vaccinated population target

The federal capital remains the only city out of the 25 major cities having a population of one million to have surpassed the 40pc vaccinated population target set by the government to be achieved by Aug 31.

  • Ulema want rapists punished publicly

Religious scholars belonging to various schools of thought have condemned the rape of a girl in a seminary in Rawalpindi and demanded that perpetrators of such heinous crimes should be given punishment in public through speedy trial.

  • PAF flight lieutenant Dr Mahnoor Farzand dies of coronavirus in Karachi

Dr. Mahnoor Farzand, a flight lieutenant in the Pakistan Air Force (PAF), died of Covid-19 early on Sunday morning, taking the tally of doctors falling victim to coronavirus so far in Sindh to 77.

Since Feb last year, 220 doctors in the country have died of coronavirus.

According to Pakistan Medical Association (PMA), Dr Mahnoor was eight months pregnant and under treatment for Covid-19 at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Malir Cantonment for a week.

“Her father, also tested positive for Covid-19, is currently under intensive care at the CMH,” said Dr Qaiser Sajjad of PMA, adding that Dr Mahnoor had not got herself vaccinated against the pandemic.

  • 25 more die of Covid in KP amid door-to-door vaccination drive

Twenty-five more persons died and 783 Covid-19 patients were detected in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Sunday amid door-to-door vaccination in Peshawar division to prevent the rapid transmission of the virus.


  • 3.4m added to list of Ehsaas beneficiaries

As Ehsaas — an umbrella of 20 programmes of social safety and welfare — has completed a fresh poverty survey for 2021 in the country, the number of Benazir Income Support Programme beneficiaries has increased to 8.2 million.

  • We don’t want Afghan militants in Russia: Putin

President Vladimir Putin on Sunday rejected the idea of sending people evacuation from Afghanistan to countries near Russia, saying he did not want “militants showing up here under cover of refugees”, Russian news agencies reported.

  • Kamala Harris begins Asia trip, to give reassurances amid Afghan debacle

Vice President Kamala Harris began a trip to Asia on Sunday where she will offer reassurances of Washington’s commitment to the region after the chaotic US pullout from Afghanistan and Taliban takeover.“The vice president will make clear throughout the trip that we do have an enduring commitment to the region,” said a senior US official.

  • Covid deaths set record in Iran after lifting of restrictions

Iran’s health ministry on Sunday reported more than 680 daily Covid deaths for the first time, as nationwide restrictions to contain the spread of the virus were lifted.

  • Malaysia’s new PM strikes conciliatory tone in first address

Malaysia’s new Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob struck a conciliatory tone in his first national address on Sunday, saying he would embrace the opposition in an effort to tackle the runaway pandemic and revive a slumping economy.

  • Fawad century, Shaheen’s strikes give Pakistan hope of levelling Test series against WI

Fawad Alam’s fifth Test century and Shaheen Shah Afridi’s new ball potency pushed Pakistan into the ascendancy on a truncated third day of the rain-affected second Test against the West Indies at Sabina Park on Sunday.

COVID-19 Updates

  • With 3,772  new COVID-19 cases, 80 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours
  • 89,919 COVID-19 cases are active in the country
  • The total death tally of Covid-19 stands at 25,003
  • 3,107 people recovered from Coronavirus in the last 24 hours
  • The positivity rate of Covid-19 is recorded at 7.0%
  • Over 211.8 million are infected globally
  • More than 4.4 million have died due to the virus
  • China reports no new local cases for first time since July
  • Pakistan’s Covid-19 deaths cross grim milestone of 25,000
  • Islamabad, AJK and GB collectively record 548 virus cases, 3 deaths
  • KP reports highest number of cases in over 3 months
  • Punjab logs 1,270 Covid infections, 30 deaths
  • Pakistan reports 3,107 recoveries from coronavirus
  • Islamabad remains only city to have surpassed 40pc vaccinated population target
  • New Zealand’s Delta outbreak tops 100 cases
  • Australia PM backs reopening targets, says Covid-19 lockdowns unsustainable
  • North Korea develops its own PCR equipment for Covid-19 tests: media

Gohar Imdad
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