Pakistan sees increase in positive virus tests

(AP) --- The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.



— CDC advisory urges residents of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut to refrain from non-essential travel for the next 14 days.

— Subways, long-distance train service reopened in Wuhan, China.

— New Zealand reports first death from coronavirus.

PAK: Qureshi phones Bhutanese FM; discusses holding SAARC health minister’s moot on coronavirus

ISLAMABAD, Mar 26 (APP): Minister for Foreign Affairs Shah Mahmood Qureshi Thursday held a telephonic conversation with his Bhutanese counterpart Dr. Tandi Dorji and discussed the challenges and the ways to counter them in the wake of rapid spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

He said that Pakistan considered SAARC an important platform for regional cooperation.

PAK: CPEC projects to provide job opportunities, ensure economic prosperity: PM

ISLAMABAD, Mar 24 (APP): Prime Minister Imran Khan Tuesday said that China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects were vital for the development of Pakistan as these would provide huge opportunities in terms of employment, communication and economic prosperity.

He also stressed upon fast-pace implementation of these projects which was in the interest of country.

The prime minister chaired a briefing on status review of CPEC energy projects, PM office media wing in a press release said.

Pakistan Announces Lock-down Of Major Provinces To Curb COVID-19 Spread

ISLAMABAD, Mar 24 (NNN-XINHUA) – Pakistan announced to lock-down east Punjab province, hours after locking down south Sindh province, to curb the spread of COVID-19, after the number of infected patients rose above 800 across the country, officials said.

All markets and shopping malls, except grocery shops and medical stores, will remain closed in Punjab, during the two-week lock-down period, from Mar 24 to Apr 6, Chief Minister of the province, Usman Buzdar, said.

Pakistan announces lockdown of major provinces to curb COVID-19 spread

ISLAMABAD, March 23 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan on Monday announced to lock down east Punjab province hours after locking down south Sindh province to curb the spread of COVID-19 after the number of infected patients rose above 800 across the country, officials said.

All markets and shopping malls except grocery shops and medical stores will remain closed in Punjab during the two-week lockdown period from March 24 to April 6, Chief Minister of the province Usman Buzdar said in a press briefing.

PAK: President reiterates unwavering support to IOJ&K people on Pakistan Day

ISLAMABAD, Mar 22 (APP): While paying homage to the founding leaders on Pakistan Day, President Dr Arif Alvi expressed unshakable support with the people of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir who had been subjected to an inhuman lockdown and communication blockade for over seven months.

“I assure the people of Jammu and Kashmir that Pakistan will stand shoulder to shoulder with them and will continue its moral, political and diplomatic support for their legitimate right of self-determination,” the president said in a message on Pakistan Day being commemorated on March 23.

PAK: FM urges world to lift sanctions on Iran amid COVID-19 outbreak

ISLAMABAD, Mar 20 (APP): Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Friday said as global community fought an unprecedented pandemic, it was time for world leaders to show compassion towards each other and lift sanctions against Iran.

“Sanctions must be lifted against Iran, in this moment of peril so that it can use its resources to save precious human lives,” the foreign minister said in a tweet as senior Iranian health official revealed 50 citizens contracting COVID-19 every hour.

PAK: PM asks rich economies to write-off debts as Covid-19 set to affect poor states

ISLAMABAD, Mar 17 (APP): Prime Minister Imran Khan has warned richer countries to prepare to write off the debts of the world’s poorer states, expressing fear the coronavirus could devastate the economies of developing nations.

“My worry is poverty and hunger,” Khan said. “The world community has to think of some sort of a debt write-off for countries like us, which are very vulnerable, at least that will help us in coping with [coronavirus].”

Pakistan PM warns new virus may devastate developing nations

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s prime minister said Monday he fears the new coronavirus will devastate the economies of developing nations, and warned richer economies to prepare to write off the debts of the world’s poorer countries.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Imran Khan criticized recent comments by the president of neighboring Afghanistan, which appeared to reference accusations that Pakistan used militants to further its own goals in years past.

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