KARACHI: Six more people have died from Covid-19 and 466 others have tested positive for the disease in the past 24 hours in Sindh, with the death toll from coronavirus infection reaching 4,529 in the province.
Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said in his daily situation report on the health emergency on Saturday that 8,685 samples were tested in the past 24 hours, resulting in 466 people, or 5.4 percent of those screened, diagnosed with Covid-19. .
The provincial government has so far conducted 3,387,386 tests, which resulted in 268,749 positive cases, meaning eight percent of those screened were found to be infected, he added.
Shah said that after the last death, the rate of people diagnosed with losing the fight with Covid-19 was at two percent in Sindh.
He said that 6,570 patients across the province are currently infected: 6,222 in self-isolation at home, 12 in isolation centers and 336 in hospital, while 269 patients are in critical condition, 37 of whom are on life support. He added that 57 more people have recovered over the past 24 hours, raising the number of recovered patients to 257,650, which shows the cure rate to 95.8 percent.
CM said that of the 466 new Sindh cases, 317 (or 68 percent) had been reported in the Karachi Division alone: 228 new city patients were from the East District, 55 from the Southern District, 20 from the Central District, eight from Korangi District, four from Malir District and two from the West District.
As for other districts in the province, Hyderabad has reported 54 new cases, Jamshoro and Shikarpur 10 each, Dadu, Shaheed Benazirabad and Larkana eight each, Ghotki and Naushehroferoze six each, Khairpur, Mirpurkhas, Sukkur and Matiari respectively. – five each, Jacobabad and Kashmore four each, and Badin and Tando Allahyar one each, he added.
The chief executive reiterated his appeal to the Sindh people that they must comply with standard operating procedures established by the provincial government.
KARACHI: The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, has said that Pakistan and India are heading for a positive trajectory of relations after significant developments that began with a letter from the Indian Prime Minister addressing his partners on Pakistan Day, which he responded to today. by PM Imran Khan.
In an interview in Dushanbe, Qureshi said the prime minister, while thanking the Indian prime minister, had reiterated Islamabad’s sincere desire to have peaceful relations with all neighboring countries, including India.
However, this requires the resolution of all the issues circulating between the two countries, including the most important dispute over India’s illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir. He said Prime Minister Imran Khan, in a letter to his partners, said, “If India wants peaceful relations with Pakistan, New Delhi must create an atmosphere that is conducive and possible.”
Referring to the radical changes India introduced in the occupied territories on August 5, 2020 which confuse and complicate the whole scenario, Qureshi said today most in India feel these actions have proven counterproductive and have further alienated the Kashmiri people. He said that if India were to consider providing a supportive environment, Prime Minister Imran Khan had even previously expressed readiness to take more steps in that direction. “Islamabad will never shy away from dialogue because we fully believe that the two nuclear neighbors will commit suicide to engage in any confrontation.”
For other questions, the foreign minister cited a revival of the Pakistan-India 2013 understanding of the ceasefire at the LoC, the Indian PM’s congratulatory letter on Pakistan Day and the fact that Indian Foreign Minister Shiv Shankar Menon did not choose to criticize Pakistan at heart. The Asian Conference, as on previous occasions, was a positive and productive development. He said the revival of the ceasefire in the LoC was a productive development, which would benefit Kashmiris who also lauded the developments. Regarding his meeting with his Indian counterpart, Qureshi said that such a meeting was neither scheduled nor he accepted any such request.
Responding to a question about the Afghanistan peace process, Foreign Minister Qureshi said Afghan President Ashraf Ghani discussed a “new proposal” with him in Dushanbe, which needed to be studied and explored. The foreign minister said, “It is necessary to see how Afghanistan, the Taliban and regional countries respond to the proposal after Islamabad will be able to provide its point of view.”
Qureshi said Pakistan’s important role in facilitating Afghan peace leading to the Doha Peace Agreement and intra-Afghanistan dialogue has been widely recognized globally. In a meeting during the Heart of Asia conference, all countries appreciated Pakistan’s approach and direction. “We will certainly continue to play that role but it is time for the Afghan people to show flexibility to determine the future of their country. We closely observe the absence of interference in their affairs. Islamabad’s only wish is for a peaceful and stable Afghanistan, which is This will primarily help Kabul and consequently Pakistan and the wider region. We want investment to flow into the regional economy and expect regional connectivity to help boost Pakistan’s economy, which depends only on a peaceful and stable Afghanistan. “He added:” We will play what role. anything Islamabad can do to help achieve that goal. “
The new data was greeted by experts as a positive step towards a transtasman bubble. Photo / 123RF
Emerging data shows only three people who traveled directly from Australia to New Zealand tested positive for Covid-19 for eight months.
This has been welcomed by experts as a positive step towards a transtasman bubble – but they say New Zealand needs to up its border game to Australian level to reduce the risk of creating a Covid-19 outbreak.
Data showing the three positive cases came through the Official Information Act request to the Ministry of Health seeking the number of positive cases of Covid-19 since March last year. That shows that there were 39 positive cases in March and April last year – then almost none.
One case was identified in August, one in November and another in January. NZ statistics show that during the same period 23,447 people traveled from Australia to New Zealand.
Otago University epidemiology professors Dr Nick Wilson and Dr Michael Baker support the data which add strength to the argument for the bubble but add a note of caution. Academics last year conducted research on alternative ways to manage incoming travelers.
Wilson said a “prudent” system was needed for quarantine-free travel between Australia and New Zealand.
It includes a development process so that every incoming Australian traveler is required to download a Ministry of Health app to scan a QR code, activate its bluetooth function and agree to use it at every opportunity during the first few weeks.
He said a saliva test at the airport would also reduce risks, as would a ban on attending large-scale events and conducting spot checks on travelers with fines for those who circumvent the rules.
“I hope they talk about these things now. The economic benefits are huge.
“In general, I would be more concerned with New Zealand border controls than Australia. We just have a loose process.”
He said quarantine rules in Australia offered a higher level of protection from the virus, including rules such as restricted arrivals in their rooms upon arrival. In New Zealand, areas of risk include bus travel for exercise, movement in MIQ facilities, smoking mingling in outdoor areas without masks, and other areas.
He said New Zealand’s approach had been locked in a “pathway dependency”, meaning the government was struggling to deviate from systems developed as the pandemic approached.
Wilson said the vaccination programs in both countries are also encouraging and as the percentage of the population being vaccinated has increased, so has the belief to free travel.
Baker said the figures were “very supportive evidence” for the transtasman bubble. That’s not suggesting risk-free travel but a new system – as outlined by Wilson – could reduce risk to a manageable level.
“It’s never ‘without risk.’ There will always be risk. It’s about managing it successfully.”
He said he prefers to use the term “green zone” to identify low-risk countries, whereas those with high risk are in the “red zone”. He said a greater job in “red zone” countries managing those traveling to New Zealand would reduce the likelihood of border breaches.
“This is an opportunity to compare our borders with Australia. The world needs a model of success. This is a great opportunity to show a model that can be rolled out globally.”
Baker said those who travel should accept that outbreaks of the communities they visit can lead to being trapped there.
“That would be a trade-off – all travelers have to do this with their eyes open. Things can change very quickly.”
University of Auckland associate professor of microbiology Dr Siouxsie Wiles said the data showing the three infected travelers from Australia were encouraging.
“There’s always a complication that not everyone infects others – and some become super spreaders.”
Wiles said it was important for those traveling from Australia not to share planes with those transiting from other countries because of the possibility of contracting Covid-19 while flying.
He said one possible risk to manage was the opening up of space in MIQ and an increase in travelers from less safe countries.
Health Minister Chris Hipkins said he was aware of the figure and Australia was seen as a lower risk for origin cases, which is why so much work has led to the transtasman bubble.
“But as we have said before, low risk is not without risk. While we are always clear, we want to open this particular bubble as soon as we can, it will not happen until both countries feel equally comfortable with the risk.”
Hipkins said the time it takes to travel to Australia has reinforced New Zealand’s positioin for a “wider reopening of travel”, including issues such as insurance, a clear message for those who have to seek cover, and the impact on airlines and airports that face numbers. more passengers. arrival in the Covid-19 environment.
“Strengthening our position in terms of travel between here and Australia will help us set a sustainable pattern for the future.”
BusinessNZ chief executive Kirk Hope said there was a desire to bubble travel with Australia.
“But if those costs raise the alert level in Auckland, it’s a zero-sum game. The economic costs outweigh the benefits.”
Action Party leader David Seymour said questions remained about the quality of New Zealand’s border controls even as Australia had upgraded its system.
Seymour said New Zealand needed to stop seeing the world as having an equal risk around the world and develop a system that is responsive to the “hot spots” of Covid-19.
Until that happened, he said it echoed an Australian question: “New Zealand, where the hell are you bleeding?”
A Health Ministry spokesman said the data – along with other information – was being used to develop New Zealand’s response to Covid-19. “This includes potential travel bubbles and when this could occur.”
Data showing the three positive cases was collected through the ESR database based on people being asked about the last three countries in which they spent time.
Merdeka.com – The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, tested positive for Covid-19, just two days after being vaccinated.
“At this time, the prime minister’s office has only confirmed that the esteemed prime minister has tested positive for Covid-19 and is self-isolating, we will release more details in due time,” the prime minister’s office explained on Saturday. 3).
Prime Minister Khan, 68, received an injection of China’s Sinopharm vaccine on Thursday, as the country struggles with a third wave of coronavirus infections.
Khan has recently held a number of regular meetings, including attending a well-attended security conference held in the nation’s capital, Islamabad.
He spoke at the conference without wearing a mask, and attended another event to inaugurate a housing project for the poor with the same appearance without a mask on Friday.
The South Asian country of 220 million people is facing a sharp spike in coronavirus infections.
According to figures released by the government on Saturday, 3,876 people tested positive for Covid-19 in just 24 hours – the highest daily infection rate since early July 2020 – bringing the country’s total infections to over 620,000. In addition, the daily death toll on Saturday was 42, bringing the total to 13,799.
Pakistan launched vaccinations for the general public on March 10, starting with the elderly after a bad response from frontline health workers, who expressed concern about the Chinese vaccine.
China’s Sinopharm and CanSinoBIO vaccines, Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, and Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine have all obtained emergency permission for use in Pakistan. [pan]