The world has been battling viruses for months, but “invisible enemies” never give up.
The corona virus seems to have infiltrated almost every country on Earth, to some of the most remote locations. Following are some of the most recent developments in the ongoing pandemic, which have hit the United States and Brazil with great difficulty.
The Americas are still the worst
The US is still ranked first in terms of the number of COVID-19 cases. The country has 4.17 million cases with more than 146,000 people lost their lives due to illness so far, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump blamed the national surge in racial justice protests, travelers from Mexico and young bar visitors.
The second most affected country, both in the world and in America, Brazil reported on Sunday 1,211 more deaths from coronavirus during the last 24 hours, according to its Ministry of Health.
Brazil recorded a death toll of 86,449 with the latest death, the ministry said in a statement.
The number of infections also jumped to more than 2.39 million with 51,147 new cases during the day, he added. The country has registered more than 1.61 million recoveries so far.
With a population of more than 211 million, Brazil is seen as the center of distribution in Latin America.
Asia continues to struggle, even in North Korea
On the continent where it was first discovered, coronavirus continues to spread. North Korea, which is often referred to as the real “ascetic kingdom” because of its minimal relations with the outside world, has also taken a fair share of the virus.
The country on Sunday registered the first suspected case of corona virus, according to the Korea Central News Agency (KCNA). North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un also declared a state of emergency and lockdown in a border city after a patient suspected of being infected with the virus returned from South Korea after being reported illegally crossing the border.
According to KCNA, infected patients were observed.
“Apart from the intensive anti-epidemic prevention measures taken in all fields throughout the country and the strict closure of all channels over the past six months, a critical development has taken place where a virulent virus is said to have entered the country,” North Korean Leader Kim Jong- un said during an emergency meeting.
Kim also noted that maximum measures against the pandemic would be implemented throughout the country.
Meanwhile, China continues to see newly confirmed cases in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, with 18 new infections reported.
China has reported a total of 83,729 cases of COVID-19, with 4,634 deaths.
South Korea has also reported 59 new COVID-19 cases confirmed after a double increase in local transmission and imported infections.
Figures by the South Korea Disease Control and Prevention Center on Thursday brought the national caseload to 13,938, including 297 deaths.
On the Indian subcontinent, the situation also does not look positive. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that the virus was spreading rapidly in parts of India and that the public must remain very vigilant, when the number of infections in India is approaching 140,000. India’s Ministry of Health reported 48,661 new infections and 705 deaths on Saturday.
With a total of 138,522 coronavirus infections, India, a country with 1.3 billion people, is ranked third among the countries most severely affected by the virus after the US and Brazil.
The situation has worsened in Australia
Australia reached a grim milestone on Sunday, recording the highest number of daily deaths from the corona virus, as authorities in the state of Victoria are battling a number of infection groups and intensifying efforts to track their contacts.
Victoria’s leader, Daniel Andrews, told a media briefing that the country had reported 10 COVID-19 deaths in the past 24 hours, the highest casualties of the Australian daily.
Australia has avoided the severe coronavirus outbreaks seen in several countries, with more than 14,400 recorded cases and 155 deaths.
Europe is still suffering
This virus continues to attack violently in Europe, which was once the most severe continent. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 305 to 205,269, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Sunday. The reported death toll has not changed by 9,118, calculations show.
France also noted an increasing number of prominent cases. French health authorities made the COVID-19 test available free without a prescription because they closely monitored the uptick in infections after the removal of the locking action.
France has recorded 30,192 deaths attributed to coronavirus, among a total of 180,528 cases of the disease, according to statistics published on Friday.
The number of new daily infections rose above 1,000 for the second day – around their daily rate when the locking action was reduced in May, after two months of confinement.
Meanwhile, in an unexpected development, good news came from Russia with 5,765 new corona virus cases and 77 deaths reported, a sharp decline from 146 deaths reported the day before.
The national infection count has risen to 812,485, the Russian coronavirus crisis response center said. The number of victims of COVID-19 now reaches 13,269, while 600,250 people have recovered.
South Africa leads the continent in some cases
Confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa reach nearly 400,000 because the country reports a high 572 deaths every day.
South Africa is now one of the top five countries in the world in terms of reported cases of the virus, and that makes up more than half of cases on the African continent with 394,948. Death is at 5,940.
The struggle in the most developed countries in Africa is an alarming sign for other African countries with far fewer resources because the spread of infection is accelerating.
Since it first appeared in China last December, coronavirus has spread to at least 188 countries and regions. The US, Brazil, India and Russia are currently the hardest hit countries in the world.
The pandemic has killed more than 644,500 people worldwide, with more than 16 million confirmed cases, according to figures compiled by Johns Hopkins University. More than 9.26 million have recovered from this disease.
Stocks made progress Monday with cement companies stealing attention, following news of the construction sector subsidies, which strengthened bets on strong earnings in the cyclic and allied industries in the upcoming yield season, dealers said.
Benchmark Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) KSE-100 stock index rose 1.18 percent or 428.16 points to close at 36,618.57 points, while KSE-30 reached the highest level of 1.32 percent or 207.34 points to end at level of 15,901.05 points.
Topline Securities in a note said, “Taking the cue from the rise in international markets and international oil prices, the market opened on a positive note making an intraday high of 531 points.
Cement and steel remained in the spotlight during the announcement of the Rs30 billion subsidy for Pakistan’s Naya Housing Scheme and reported that the Prime Minister was scheduled to visit the Diamer-Basha dam site to review project progress, lead the CHCC, DGKC, and MUGHAL to close at each other’s top circuits, broker added.
Of the 403 active scripts, 236 rose, 151 retreated, and 16 remained unchanged, while volume swelled to 468,906 million large shares, compared with 292,709 million shares in the previous session.
Saad Rafi, head of equity sales at Al Habib Capital Markets, said, “Expecting higher demand from cement and steel, the benchmark index maintains upward momentum”. “Prime Minister Imran Khan is expected to announce the start of Basha Dam to further accelerate the steps of these groups.”
Rafi said financial results will start flowing from next week where select purchases are likely to be recorded in the sector. Tahir Abbas, research director at Arif Habib Limited, said, “Cement and steel stocks led the positive column after the government announced a construction package, helping to lift economic activity together with the sale of these sectors and allies”.
Over the weekend Prime Minister Imran Khan revealed plans to build around 100,000 homes, which played an important role in maintaining the green zone market for nearly 12 sessions, Abbas added.
Salman Ahmad, head of institutional sales at Aba Ali Habib Securities, said, “Many positive developments helped market trading in the plus zone and entered the third week”. Stocks rose after the announcement of the construction package, Abu Dhabi’s commitment to postpone the amount of loans to Pakistan, the stability of crude oil prices, and the historic rise in remittances despite COVID19, Ahmad added.
Fahad Rauf, deputy head of research at Ismail Iqbal Securities, said, “The buying action continued at PSX following the Prime Minister’s announcement of housing initiatives over the weekend and as a result cement stocks reached 31 percent of all trading volumes”. Worker remittances increased 51 percent year-on-year in June 2020 to $ 2.46 billion, while cement contributed most to the index increase, cumulatively adding 161 points, Rauf added.
Rafhan Maize, earning Rs345 to close at Rs7,470 / share, and Indus Motor Company, securing Rs52.76 to end at Rs1,191.14 / share, was the highest gainers, while Island Textile, losing Rs107.97 to closing at Rs1 , 331.69 / share, and Premier Sugar, spilling Rs45.77 until it closed at Rs564.56 / share, appearing as the main loser.
Maple Leaf posted the highest volume with 76,450 million shares, gaining Rs1.5 to end at Rs30.78 / share, while the Cement Board recorded the lowest turnover with 8.794 million shares and rising Rs0.51 to end at Rs8.81 / share.
The Nikkei Asian Review tracks the spread of new corona viruses originating from the city of Wuhan in central China.
The global case has reached 12,826,729, according to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
The death toll throughout the world has reached 567,123.
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Following the latest developments (Tokyo time):
Monday, July 13
12:45 a.m. Japanese shares rose, following a Wall Street rally on Friday as a positive analysis of a potential COVID-19 drug by Gilead Sciences offsetting investor concerns over a surge in viral cases, while car stocks were lifted by upbeat industry data from China. The Nikkei benchmark rose 1.73% to 22,677.25 at midday break.
12:30 a.m. Japan and the US share information about the corona virus case at a US military base in Okinawa prefecture, a government spokesman said after 62 new cases confirmed on three bases.
11:05 a.m. After successfully tackling the initial coronavirus outbreak by quickly offering test kits, South Korean drug makers direct their views to a greater challenge: developing the coronavirus vaccine and treatment.
10:40 a.m. South Korea confirmed 62 new cases, up from 44 days ago. Total infections reached 13,479 with 289 deaths.
10:30 a.m. The Philippines reported the highest number of deaths one day, with 162 new deaths, bringing the total to 1,534. Meanwhile, 2,124 new infections were confirmed, bringing the total to 56,259. The final calculation is on Sunday, but the figures are reported Monday morning because the Ministry of Health needs time to verify the data.
10:00 a.m. China reported eight new COVID-19 cases at the end of July 12, up from the previous seven days. All new cases are imported infections involving foreign travelers. Beijing reports no new cases have been confirmed for the seventh day in a row.
7:50 a.m. Florida reported a record increase of more than 15,000 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours on Sunday, when the Trump administration renewed its push for schools to reopen. If Florida is a country, it will be ranked fourth in the world for the most recent cases a day behind the US, Brazil and India, according to a Reuters analysis.
1:05 a.m. WHO reports a daily increase in global coronavirus cases, up more than 230,000. The biggest increase occurred in the United States, Brazil, India and South Africa.
Sunday, July 12
4:45 p.m. Russia reported 6,615 new cases of the corona virus, bringing the total infection count across the country to 727,162, and 130 deaths due to COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths to 11,335.
4:00 pm Tokyo reported 206 coronavirus infections, marking the fourth consecutive day record of more than 200 new cases.
3:14 p.m. Thai researchers plan to begin human trials of a potential vaccine for the new corona virus in November and are preparing 10,000 doses, said a senior official, aiming for a vaccine that could be ready for use by the end of next year. Following favorable results in trials on primates, the next step is to make doses for human trials, said Kiat Ruxrungtham, director of the Chulalongkorn University vaccine development program in Bangkok.
1:08 pm Vegetable fake meat makers in Asia are see sales soar because consumers are looking for safe and healthy alternatives after a coronavirus outbreak.
7:07 a.m. Brazil, the number 2 coronavirus hot spot in the world after the United States, recorded 1,071 new deaths from the outbreak on Saturday, with a total of 1,839,850 confirmed cases, the Ministry of Health said.
6:38 a.m. US President Donald Trump, who has avoided wearing a mask in public even when a coronavirus pandemic spreads, wore it on Saturday at a military medical facility outside Washington where he would meet injured soldiers and frontline health care workers.
4:14 in the morning Disney World Parks in Orlando, Florida, reopened as the southern US state recorded more than 10,000 news on the same day. The park has been closed for four months.
2:51 a.m. The iconic Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan tested positive for COVID-19 and was transferred to the hospital. “I have tested positive COVID … transferred to the hospital … the hospital notified the authorities … the family and staff are undergoing tests, the results are waiting,” the 77-year-old said on Twitter.
12:07 a.m. The most seriously ill COVID-19 patient in Vietnam, a British pilot who at one point appeared to be near death, left the hospital on his way home after a dramatic recovery that drew national attention, Reuters reported. Stephen Cameron, a pilot for the national airline Vietnam Airlines, became a sensation in Vietnam, where a combination of targeted testing and an aggressive quarantine program had brought the number of viruses to 370 cases very low, and there were no deaths.
Saturday, July 11
10:40 a.m. The US military has placed two Marine bases on Okinawa in closing with 61 confirmed cases of the corona virus, the prefectural government said. The US military told Okinawa officials that the cases were confirmed between Tuesday and Saturday at US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma and Camp Hansen, the prefectural government said.
10:06 a.m. Chinese vaccine developer CanSino Biologics is in talks with Russia, Brazil, Chile and Saudi Arabia to launch phase 3 trials of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine, said one of the company’s founders. China’s success in suppressing COVID-19 infection has made it difficult to carry out large-scale vaccine trials, and so far only a few countries have agreed to work with it.
9:30 p.m. With the coronavirus pandemic destroying the business clothing industry, Japanese clothing groups Forward Holdings and online fashion retailers Zozo will partner in efforts to create new revenue streams based on big data, the Nikkei has learned.
5:30 p.m. Generous billionaire Bill Gates is calling for COVID-19 drugs and finally vaccines must be available for the countries and people who need them most, not for the “highest bidder,” saying relying on market forces will extend a deadly pandemic.
3:06 pm Tokyo reported 206 new coronavirus infections, exceeding 200 for the third day in a row.
10:11 AM New cases in the US rose by almost 69,000 on Friday, according to Reuters calculations, setting a record for the third consecutive day. Even so, Walt Disney Co. stuck with a plan to reopen a theme park in Florida. Eight states – Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Montana, Ohio, Utah and Wisconsin – also reported record highs for one-day infections.
9:38 a.m. Health care systems around the world need to be improved to control the transmission of disease and deal with a large number of sick people during a pandemic, as well as guard against future outbreaks, the World Health Organization said on Friday.
7:31 AM China said on Friday that it was suspending imports from three Ecuadorian shrimp producers after detecting a coronavirus in a recent shipment, prompting one producer to accuse China of “tarnishing the reputation” of the industry.
6:02 AM A forward team of two from the World Health Organization left for China to investigate the origins of a pandemic that has killed more than 550,000 people worldwide, the UN said on Friday.
5:20 a.m. The White House called on the Food and Drug Administration to authorize hydroxychloroquine to handle the horrific cases of COVID-19 after regulators withdrew permits a few weeks ago. The new effort was made after a controversial study found anti-malaria drugs were associated with lower mortality rates. President Donald Trump praised research on Twitter this week, urging the FDA to “Act Now.”
2:31 AM Japanese airline ANA end his recruitment activities for fiscal 2021 because a prolonged pandemic makes planning for the future difficult.
1:49 a.m. The World Health Organization reports a record increase in global corona virus cases, with a total increase of 228,102 in 24 hours. The biggest increases came from the United States, Brazil, India and South Africa.
To catch up with previous developments, see the latest update last week.
LONDON: Ticket prices for flights to Pakistan from the UK tripled because Pakistan’s national airline, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has been banned from flying to three destinations in the United Kingdom, the European Union and the United States.
Flights back from London, Manchester and Birmingham to Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi usually cost an average of £ 500-650 but after the PIA was suspended from operations by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (UKCAA), ticket prices have tripled to the £ 1500 mark 2700
According to Skyscanner, a travel website, the cheapest return ticket from London to Lahore is offered by Turkish Airlines at a cost of £ 1445 which is nearly 300,000 PKR. British Airways, which recently began operations in Pakistan, offers the same flights for more than £ 2000 which will cost travelers more than 400,000 PKR.
A flight by Qatar Airways and Emirates will set back a single traveler of more than £ 2500, which is an unprecedented price for a return ticket from the UK to Pakistan. Other flights by Qatar Airways and British Airways will cost £ 2796.
This happened during a severe crisis for the PIA which was caused after Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan claimed that around one third of Pakistani pilots had dubious licenses. The announcement caused panic around the world, leading to a series of events that have resulted in the suspension of PIA flights and the landing of pilots working globally which were issued licenses by the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority.
There are more than 1.5 million Britons from Pakistan in the UK who regularly travel to Pakistan and are very disappointed with the increase in ticket prices. According to the British government, at any time nearly 100,000 British Pakistanis are present in Pakistan. After the closure of Covid-19, nearly 60,000 Britons flew on charter flights from Pakistan to three destinations in Britain.
Abdullah Sheikh, a Pakistani student in the UK who regularly travels to Pakistan, said: “I want to go to Pakistan but cannot go because we travel through the PIA and now we cannot. I used to go 3-4 times a year but now these prices have significantly changed our travel plans. “Abdullah added that stopovers at other airports have made it difficult for elderly and vulnerable travelers who find it difficult to take several flights to get to Pakistan.
In a conversation with The News, a travel agent, Mahboob Hussain, from a travel agent who only deals with PIA tickets, said: “I only do business with PIA, now my company does not have business anymore. I worked with PIA to promote my national airline, but now I am being punished for my patriotism. Other airlines benefit greatly. Who is responsible for the death of the PIA? We will not get an answer. “
Hussain said that while the PIA had issued a number of refunds for canceled flights, he was still waiting for more information about the remaining refunds.
Speaking to The News, a spokesman for the British Civil Aviation Authority (UKCAA) said: “Following the decision on 30 June 2020, by EASA to suspend permission for PIA to operate services to the European Union, PIA flights from Birmingham, London Heathrow and Manchester airports were suspended with soon.
“The British Civil Aviation Authority is required by law to withdraw PIA permission to operate in the UK while awaiting the restoration of EASA with their agreement that meets international air safety standards.”
Recently, the US also banned PIA from flying to and from the US. PIA Spokesman Abdullah Hafeez acknowledged that this was a major setback for national airlines. He said: “We continue to engage with them and sincerely hope that with trust-building actions, decisions will be reviewed.”
The Minister of Aviation’s statement about a dubious license from a Pakistani pilot came in the background of an investigation into the recent crash of a PIA PK 8303 flight from Lahore to Karachi which resulted in the death of 98 people.
KARACHI: The price of gold in the local market rose by Rs300 / tola on Saturday.
According to data released by the All Sindh Nerve Jewelers Association, the gold level rose to Rs97,500 / tola. Likewise, the price of 10 grams of gold raised Rs258 to Rs83,591.
On the international market, the price of gold rose $ 4 / ounce to $ 1,730 / ounce.
Local jewelers claim the price of gold in the local market remains Rs6,000 / tola lower, compared to the level of gold in the Dubai market.
Islamabad: Adnan Tabatabai, chief executive, Center for Applied Research in Partnership with Orient, briefed participants on the impact of the pandemic in Iran saying that locking is not an option, because Iran’s economy is not in a position to keep the population fed.
Tabatabai spoke at an online dialogue entitled: “The rise of the corona virus in neighboring Pakistan – challenges and policy responses,” organized by the Institute for Sustainable Development Policy (SDPI) here on Wednesday.
Tabatabai said that diplomatic channels should be used primarily for the return of people stranded abroad. Data between organizations needs to be integrated and mobile hospitals need to be prepared in border areas, he said.
He said that all regional countries gave valuable support to Iran to get out of the big crisis.
He said that the Iranian government failed to act when the pandemic erupted. However, everything began to improve during April. He observed that the Iranian economy was too fragile to buy locking solutions, therefore it was important to keep the path to China open because they functioned as saviors of the Iranian economy. The complex bureaucratic response is responsible for the delay in Iran’s response, he said. Dr Zubair Iqbal, a former Member, Planning Commission, said that the pandemic had hit Afghanistan in its worst form since the lack of peace and stability in the country left very little room for meaningful assistance for the people.
He said that India also faces a “lockdown or no lockdown” dilemma because providing assistance to large segments of the population for longer periods is almost impossible.
Khalid Alyassin, Advisor and Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Kuwait, said that Kuwait is a country with a large migrant population, so the government has announced a number of steps to enable them to face challenges. He said that Kuwait was a loyal supporter of regional cooperation, especially to counter the challenges posed by the global pandemic.
Tara Sepehri Far, representative of Human Rights Watch, said that public trust is the key for the government to deal with the crisis effectively. The crisis has exacerbated the existing disparity, he said, adding that different segments of the population experienced different pandemics and this needed to be understood to deal effectively with the situation.
PESHAWAR – The Peshawar Development Authority Board (PDA) has permitted the construction of tall buildings in the PDA’s jurisdiction.
The approval was given at the PDA’s 3rd council meeting held here on Tuesday with Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan on the chair.
With this agreement, construction of buildings with more than ten floors will also be permitted.
It is worth mentioning here that under existing PDA laws, construction of buildings with more than ten floors is not permitted.
Approval is needed to allow the construction of high-rise buildings given the growing urbanization in the provincial capital and to withstand increased consumption of agricultural land for construction purposes.
In addition to the Minister of Finance of Taimur Jhagra Province, CM Special Assistant on Regional Government Kamran Bangash, CM Advisor on Information Ajmal Wazir, Regional Government Administration Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Environment and Planning, the meeting was also attended by the Principal Secretary of CM, Deputy Commissioner Peshawar, Director General PDAs, Peshawar Regional Government Representatives and other high ranking officials.
On that occasion, the chief minister called the construction of tall buildings as an urgent need to meet the increasing needs of fast-growing urbanization in the city and said that it would also attract more investment in the real estate sector.
He directed the relevant authorities for the steps needed to devise a comprehensive mechanism to regulate the construction of high-rise buildings.
The meeting also approved the submission of the Peshawar Model Housing Scheme proposed from the Provincial Housing Authority to the PDA for implementation and implementation.
The meeting also approved the provision of funds to PDAs through readjustment in the local government sector for the construction of the missing link from Ring Road from Warsak Road to Nasi Bagh.
This project will cost more than one billion rupees. The meeting also approved the relocation of the PDA headquarters from Hayatabad to Regi Model Town Peshawar. Likewise, it was decided to submit the commercialization of the City of Peshawar University in accordance with the decision of the Provincial Assembly to the PDA.
Islamabad: Amid the coronavirus locking scenario, gliding is becoming popular among young people and students who have no other activities to enjoy in the suburbs of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. On the other hand, police officers are vigilant and use to carry out continuous crackdowns on kite flyers and specifically on kite sellers to ensure the kite flying ban is prohibited, but despite all these police efforts, kite flying is contradictory with the past, became popular in the adjacent twin areas of the city from Taxila to Gujjar Khan and Peshwar to Chakwal.
Since locking Coronavirus in twin cities, police have carried out a crackdown on kite sellers in twin cities and one day was left when police station officials around Rawalpindi did not confiscate hundreds of kites and metallic threads along with kite sellers .
As per police records, over the past two months, hundreds of cases have been registered regarding violations of the kite flying ban and later, hundreds of thousands of kites were captured. In spite of all these cohesive efforts, kite flying is still increasing and specifically, this activity has moved from twin cities to rural areas including Rawat, Kalyam Awan, Gujjar Khan, Kallar Sayedan, Adiyala, Chakwal, Daultala, Mandra, Sukko, Wah-Sadar, Attock.
After the police crackdown, kite transportation has become a new business for kite sellers who are used to transport kites and metal threads to desired villages and areas at exorbitant prices especially amid a ban on public transportation.
Majid Ali, father of two sons, said, “I can’t understand where children get this kite from when the police are tight and vigilant in selling kites and cracking down on kite sellers from the past two months. Kites available for children to fly kites either raise questions for police crackdown or smart network of kite sellers on the streets and Mohallas to transport kites and kite threads in a youth and children’s approach . “
Shahjehan, a Rehmatabad resident (Schema-III) said, “The police crackdown on kite flights only raised the price of kites for us. The kites that were available only for 20-30 rupees were previously available for more than Rs100 after this police crackdown. “
Jehanzaib Ali, a Chakwal resident said, “After the closure and closing of the market, we have nothing to do but watch TV and use mobile phones; However, flying a kite has been the best time killer in the middle of a lockdown scenario. There is no doubt the price after the public transportation ban and the police crackdown have risen; however, kites are available in some local houses and shop owners. “A police official who asked not to be named said police crackdown on kite sellers had become a source for printing money by threatening them to be included in the case. Hundreds of kite sellers were reported to have been confiscated along thousands of kites and twines, but all the commodities seized went to unknown locations. Over the past two weeks, two children have reportedly been moved to hospital with critical injuries to their necks with metallic threads from the kite in Taxila but kite flying is still increasing in the city.
PESHAWAR: The Awami National Party (ANP) said on Saturday that an increase in cases of coronavirus infections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had scared the general public.
ANP provincial secretary general Sardar Hussain Babak said in a statement that the basic reality was completely different from the picture the government described about the virus. The ANP leader said that despite the fact that it was a global pandemic and the government was not responsible for the outbreak, it should take timely steps to protect citizens. He said the PTI government did not seem to understand and lacked policies and strategies to control the virus and protect the citizens. He said the government should stop all activities that are less necessary and focus on providing better health facilities to the community. He said the government was confused about handling the situation and, therefore, failed to take the necessary steps. The ANP leader said the government must provide updates to people every day about coronavirus infections and steps taken to contain it in all parts of the province. He asked the provincial government to seek clarification from the federal government about the allocation of Rs8 billion for corona control. “It is important for people to know that where is the head of the amount that has been allocated to control the virus and how many parts of the KP are in the allocation,” he argues. He said that the opposition would support all provincial government movements when it decided to fight for provincial rights.