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Shahbaz regrets the situation in this country | Instant News

LAHORE: PML-N President and Opposition Leader National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif has expressed sorrow over the economic downturn, the plight of the Pakistani people, soaring inflation and unemployment caused by the PTI government. Speaking to a delegation of PML-N parliamentarians in Jakarta on Friday, he said the long queue of 1 kg of subsidized sugar was an insult to human integrity and respect for mothers and daughters of the nation. MPs including former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and others from different parts of the country met with the party president. Shahbaz said how a government that cannot provide people with basic ingredients like sugar and flour will be able to handle the global pandemic. He said he had never seen such chaos during Ramadan in Pakistan. He thanked the MPs for their good wishes and loyal association. MPs congratulated him on his release from NAB custody. Meanwhile, in a statement, Shahbaz congratulated Miftah Ismail on winning the NA-249 election and thanked the people in the constituency for their trust in the PML-N. He praised Miftah Ismail for his hard work and said the whole country was witnessing how Miftah’s victory and vote were snatched away. He said PML-N will continue to speak up for NA-249 issues. He praised the PML-N office holders and the Karachi team for their excellent work. He also thanked JUI-F and ANP leaders and workers for their support.


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Swiss- Covid-19: Government prepares for mass green light event | Instant News

(MENAFN – Swissinfo) The Swiss government wants to allow sporting and cultural events with up to 3,000 spectators from July if the epidemiological situation remains stable.

This content is published April 28, 2021 – 17:50 April 28, 2021 – 17:50 swissinfo.ch/urs

Home Minister Alain Berset said the aim was to give organizers and regional authorities the possibility to plan events according to parliamentary requests.

But the proposal should not be mistaken as a definite step towards further easing of the Covid-19 restrictions, Berset said at a press conference on Wednesday.

Event organizers need to establish strict health and safety rules and have a permit from the canton, which still has to enact separate laws.

Prior to hosting an event with a maximum of 3,000 spectators, 26 cantons can hold trials in June with three events attended by 300-600 people.

Attendance will be limited to people who have been vaccinated against Covid, and those who can prove they have recovered from the disease or test negative.

Starting September, the government plans to allow mass events with 10,000 people.

Economy Minister Guy Parmelin added that the government had allocated a total of CHF150 million ($ 164 million) for the scheme to provide financial support to organizers if the planned event had to be canceled in a short time due to the worsening epidemiological situation, and provided regional authorities also agreed to contribute.



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The government’s proposal has not been confirmed after consultations among the 26 cantons. The rules will then take effect from July to May 2022.

Mass events with more than 1,000 people have been banned from February 2020 to September 2020. The restrictions were lifted for a month before the government reinstated them to contain the Covid-19 surge in late summer.

Last week, the government outlined a detailed plan for removing restrictions. Gradual lifting of restrictions related to the response to the anti-Covid vaccination program.

Death toll

In another development, the Federal Office for Public Health on Wednesday reported the 10,000th death from Covid in Switzerland.

It said 10,001 people with confirmed Covid infections – most of them aged over 80 – had died since February 24 last year.

Berset described the current epidemiological situation as stable but he called on residents to continue to respect hygiene and distance rules.

The latest figures show 19 deaths over the past 24 hours and more than 2,100 infections.



Coronavirus: the situation in Switzerland

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Vaccination rollout accelerated across the country of the Alps to about 50,000 injections a day.

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Blaming the government for the Covid situation, PMA is calling for vaccinations and adherence to SOPs | Instant News

The Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) on Monday urged people to comply with the Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and other related restrictions. PMA also asked the public to be vaccinated at the earliest by registering themselves with the immunization system, and advised the government to increase the number of vaccination centers in the country.

Speaking at a press conference at PMA House Karachi, association officials said they had asked the government and the public over the past three weeks to play their part in controlling Covid-19 in Pakistan. They said they warned in advance that Covid-19 cases could increase during Ramadan if SOPs were not implemented and followed.

“Unfortunately, we remain sloppy and the cases are increasing. We are worried that if we do not take appropriate action, the number of cases and deaths could increase and the enjoyment of Eid al-Fitr could fade, ”said PMA Secretary General Dr Qaiser Sajjad on the occasion.

PMA administrators stated that they are deeply concerned about the rapid spike in Covid-19 patients and the horrific increase in the number of deaths. They say it is also very disturbing for the patient’s condition which is getting worse and the ventilators in the hospitals are on alert, especially in Punjab. “If we can’t control the situation, we may run out of beds for oxygen and ventilators. According to the National Command & Operations Center [NCOC], currently there are about 90,000 active cases in the country, with 570 patients on ventilators, “said Dr Sajjad.

He said there were 634 coronavirus referral hospitals in the country, and 5,810 patients currently being treated at the hospital, adding that according to the NCOC, the number of confirmed cases had reached 800,452 and the death toll stood at 17,187.

“Over the past 24 hours, 4,825 cases have been reported positive and 70 deaths have also been reported. A day ago, 118 deaths were reported, and two days ago, a record 157 deaths were reported since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country. These numbers show that the Covid situation in the country is getting serious. “

Blaming the government for the worsening Covid-19 situation in Pakistan, he said that on February 24, Pakistani authorities had relaxed most restrictions on commercial activities, schools, offices and other workplaces, allowing them to function at full power.

“PMA is against this decision. We declared it a hasty decision. We argue that the government should prioritize public health, over financial issues, and have advised the authorities to lift restrictions gradually and only if the number of cases continues to decline, “he said, claiming that just days after the hasty decision, the number of cases began to rise. and since then we are facing the third wave.

He admitted, all of this happened due to negligence in taking preventive action. He said that now the deadly virus is spreading rapidly in Sindh, particularly in Karachi and Hyderabad, adding that the situation could worsen in both cities if the government fails to strictly enforce SOPs.

“Passengers arriving from other provinces in Sindh have to be closely monitored through the scanning process at the entry point. Likewise, people who come from abroad must also be checked for Covid-19 to avoid spreading it. We appreciate the Sindh government for prohibiting intercity transportation. “

The PMA board said people should adopt precautionary measures for the sake of their families and the whole community. “Wear a mask every time you go out because masks are a vaccine against Covid-19, maintain social distancing and wash or clean your hands at appropriate intervals.”

They say a vaccine is the most protective shield against Covid-19. “PMA advises the public to be vaccinated as soon as possible. Don’t listen to or pay attention to the misconceptions and myths related to the Covid-19 vaccine. It’s not dangerous at all. People who do not get vaccinated can face the complexities of the disease. “

PMA treasurer Dr Qazi Muhammad Wasiq and Karachi Secretary General Dr Abdul Ghafoor Shoro were also present at the occasion, while PMA President Dr Salma Aslam Kundi spoke by telephone and urged the public to comply with instructions to avoid situations like India in Pakistan.


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Karachi’s PPP Rally was canceled following the worsening COVID-19 situation | Instant News

The PPP on Sunday said it was canceling a general meeting scheduled in Karachi ahead of the NA-249 by-election, citing coronavirus concerns.

The party has made full preparations for a general meeting ahead of the by-election in which their candidate Abdul Qadir Mandokhel competes with 29 other candidates.

The development followed PML-N’s cancellation of their campaign in the city.

PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz was due to arrive on Saturday but authorities announced she would no longer fly, shortly before she was scheduled to travel.

The ECP rejected a request to postpone the poll

Three days ago, district electoral district officer Nadeem Haider said that the Election Commission of Pakistan had rejected requests made by the PPP, MQM and PTI asking for a postponement of the NA-249 by-election.

“There is no change in the date of the by-election. The opinion poll will be held on April 29, “said DRO.

The Sindh government, PTI and MQM in a letter to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), have asked for a postponement of the NA-249 by-election until the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic has subsided.

The move was opposed by PML-N.

The ECP has ordered strict implementation of the coronavirus SOP during its poll in NA-249. Special staff will also be deployed to implement the Corona virus SOP.


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The Sindh Health Minister warned of the lockdown in Karachi if the COVID-19 situation worsened | Instant News

A health official checks passengers’ temperatures amid concerns over the spread of the new coronavirus, at the Karachi Cantonment train station in Karachi. – AFP / Files

The Sindh government could impose a lockdown in certain areas of Karachi if the coronavirus situation worsens, Sindh Health Minister Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho warned on Thursday.

The health minister said the Sindh government had recommended banning transportation between provinces; However, the National Command and Operations Center rejected the suggestion.

Sindh Health Minister Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho spoke via video message. – Facebook / nibdpk / Files

Due to the third wave of the coronavirus – and as the country sees a spike in COVID-19-related deaths – Dr Pechuho noted the burden on the health system has increased.

Sindh has recorded 275,081 coronavirus cases in all, 4,562 deaths, while 261,298 people have recovered from the disease, according to official statistics.

British virus variant in Karachi

The day before, Dr Pechuho said that a highly contagious variant of the British coronavirus had reached Karachi, in a soothing video message on Twitter.

The health minister said that of the samples tested from patients in the city, 50% tested positive for the British variant.

Pechuho said the British variant of the coronavirus was “spreading very fast” and after spreading in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab, causing death and infection of many people, the virus has now reached Karachi.

Dr Pechuho once said that due to the approaching month of Ramadan and the Eid festival, many people went out to shop.

He said that at the perilous time the British variant spreads, safety precautions are very important.

“Follow the SOP and do not leave the house unless absolutely necessary,” said the minister of health.


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