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Covid 19 coronavirus: National wants MIQ to be moved outside of downtown Auckland | Instant News

Rydges Hotel is one of the Auckland CBD hotels that is used as a Covid-19 MIQ facility. Photo / Dean Purcell

National is calling on the Government to move the Covid-19 quarantine and manage isolation facilities from downtown Auckland as a way to protect New Zealand’s largest city from a future lockdown.

Chris Bishop, party spokesman for the Covid-19 response, said this could be in the form of a purpose-built facility on the outskirts of Auckland.

There are currently 5,583 people in managed isolation facilities and 76 in quarantine, many of which are housed in facilities within Auckland’s CBD.

The downtown hotels currently used for MIQ are Pullman, Stamford Plaza, Rydges, M Social, and Grand Millennium.

National Party spokesman for the Covid-19 response, Chris Bishop.  Photo / NZME
National Party spokesman for the Covid-19 response, Chris Bishop. Photo / NZME

“The recent Pullman hotel case shows how much risk Auckland is from another community outbreak due to ingrained problems with MIQ,” Bishop said.

“New Zealand can’t afford to let yo-yoing in and out of lockdown and the Auckland economy can’t afford to continue bleeding more than $ 30 million a day.”

Bishop said the Victorian government is currently planning a cabin-style hub outside Melbourne’s CBD to replace its MIQ hotel following a recent outbreak that led to a lockdown.

“This facility will likely be a village with a pre-built one-story building with a separate ventilation system for each room. The returnees share the facilities but do not have the same roof,” he said.

The Pullman Hotel is one of the hotels in the city center that is used as a Covid-19 MIQ facility related to the recent Covid community outbreak.  Photo / Dean Purcell.
The Pullman Hotel is one of the hotels in the city center that is used as a Covid-19 MIQ facility related to the recent Covid community outbreak. Photo / Dean Purcell.

“Having plenty of fresh air reduces the risk of airborne transmission among returnees, while an isolated location makes it harder for the virus to find its way to densely populated urban areas where it can spread more quickly.”

National believes a similar facility should be built on vacant lots near Auckland Airport, Bishop said and called for an investigation to begin immediately.

These costs can be covered by contributions from the Government, the private sector and payments made by returning New Zealand residents.

“A purpose-built facility may prove expensive but the costs will be reduced due to the economic impact which makes Auckland more locked up,” Bishop said.

“The government must act now to address the problem before the Covid-19 outbreak forces another lockdown. We have more than enough wake-up calls.”

University of Otago Public Health professors Nick Wilson and Michael Baker have called for the closure of the MIQ facility in Auckland “to protect major economic centers” and eliminate the use of shared space at the facility.

“It is clear that New Zealand will need MIQ facilities for some time to come with mass vaccination not possible until the end of the year,” Bishop said.

“We have done well to prevent Covid-19 from spreading, but it will come at a price. Maintaining this effort will require innovative thinking, especially as the virus mutates.

Bishop said if done right, the new facility could be turned into housing once it has served its original purpose.


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‘Pakistani-Russian relations have entered a new era and will grow stronger’ | Instant News

A webinar on Russia-Pakistan relations moderated by KCFR Senior Deputy Chair Ambassador Dr Mustafa Kamal Kazi, who said that multilateralism, and not unilateralism, is the solution to complex global problems.

Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Pakistan Danila Ganich spoke to the participants as plenary speaker at the webinar, which was held in dedication for Russian Diplomats Day, said a press release issued by the Karachi Council on Foreign Relations.

Ambassador Kazi, in his introductory remarks, stated that global and regional transformations towards a multilateral order facilitate closer cooperation between Russia and Pakistan for the greater good of the region.

He stressed the importance of the SCO as a platform for regional cooperation and integration, and highlighted BRI and CPEC as components of a new global growth engine that will bring Asia, Europe and Africa closer together. He added that relations between Russia and Pakistan have entered a new era and will continue to grow stronger, enhancing regional cooperation, progress, prosperity and stability in the region.

Ambassador Danila Ganich expressed her belief in positive bilateral relations between Pakistan and Russia on the basis of the consensus that has developed between the two countries. He highlighted that the two countries have common interests, including regional stability and peace in Afghanistan, where they can work together.

He voiced concern about US sanctions on Iran and the US ‘misjudgment of Russia as the only “marginal” player in the Indo-Pacific region. He expressed hope of the new opportunities and avenues for cooperation between Russia and Pakistan that CPEC would bring.

He identified development in both countries as a way to become self-reliant and better deal with US sanctions that hinder cooperation and development. He thanked the organizers for the invitation to speak at the webinar.

KCFR chairman Ikram Sehgal, in his closing note, pointed out that the CPEC is basically a Northeastern, Southwestern corridor, and the real corridor is from Russia and Central Asia to the Arabian Gulf, which connects us with Eurasia.

He stated that Pakistan is a geographic axis and should take advantage of its geo-strategic position while remaining neutral to avoid repeated mistakes in the past. In the end, he expressed his gratitude to the Russian ambassador and expressed hope for a sustainable relationship between the two countries.


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National youth & junior shooting C will be moved to Jan | Instant News

KARACHI: The national level junior & junior shooting championships scheduled for December will most likely be moved to January.

“Due to the current wave of Covid-19, the event will likely be moved to January,” said Pakistan National Rifle Association (NRAP) secretary Razi Ahmed while speaking to ‘The News’.

He said that because of the pandemic, athletes could not travel. Hence, they decided to hold this event in three cities simultaneously.

“Karachi and Jhelum are already on the list in this regard but we might as well include Lahore. This is easy because we will use electronic scoring that is connected to all centers, ”said Razi.

He added that a series of national clay shooting championships will be held in Karachi and Lahore in January and February respectively.

“The first one will be held in Karachi and it will be closed for association units. The second event will be open to everyone and held in Lahore, ”said Razi. Then, he added, the National Air-gun Shooting Championship will be held in March.


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The SHC conflicted with the appointment of the SBCA Director General and the Karachi commissioner | Instant News

The Sindh High Court on Monday issued notices to the chief secretary, regional government secretaries and others about a petition against the appointment of the director general (DG) of the Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA) and the commissioner of Karachi.

Petitioner Syed Mehmood Akhtar Naqvi has conveyed in the petition that the Sindh government has submitted additional charges from the SBCA Directorate General to the Additional Secretariat of the Ombudsman Sindh Shamsuddin Soomro. He said that the appointment of a non-technical official as the Director General of SBCA which is a technical post is against the relevant legal provisions and violates the high court’s decision which stipulates that technical posts cannot be filled by non-technical people.

According to the applicant, the assignment of an additional fee to the provincial ombudsman for an additional secretary is illegal and also disadvantages all officers who are entitled to be placed as Director General of the SBCA.

A bench in the SHC division headed by Judge Nadeem Akhtar, after the initial hearing of the petition, issued notices to the chief secretary, regional government secretaries and others, and delivered their comments in the second week of January.

The same bench also issued notices to the chief secretary, a provincial legal official, Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) Administrator Iftikhar Shallwani and others about a petition against giving Karachi commissioners extra fees to Shallwani.

The Petitioner has stated that the KMC administrator is given an additional fee from the Karachi commissioner, which is against the law and damages all officers who are entitled to be assigned as commissioners. The high court ordered the chief secretary and others to submit comments on the petition in the second week of January.

PSM savings

The SHC directed advisors to Pakistan Steelworks union leaders to satisfy the court for its continued petition challenging PSM’s decision to fire more than 4,000 employees.

Hearing the petition from the general secretary of the PSM workers union, the upper house chaired by Judge Nadeem Akhtar asked the applicant’s attorney about the nature of the work of PSM employees because several parts of the steel factory had been closed.

SHC asks the employee’s goals when the PSM is not functioning. The lawyer filed that the union had filed a petition to protect the interests of employees.

The judge observed that none of the employees were part of the petition and the instant petition had been filed by the union. The high court directed both the applicant and his lawyer to satisfy the judge with regard to the continuation of the petition given the extraordinary circumstances due to the decision being sued had been taken by PSM.


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Iqra Aziz was touched by Yasir Hussain’s beautiful gifts and notes | Instant News

Pakistani actress Iqra Aziz can’t stop adoring Yasir Hussain’s gift for her.

Taking to her Instagram Stories, the actress uploaded a picture of the bottle (which looked like perfume but she didn’t specify what it was) with the note attached.

“I love you,” read the note.

“Just got back to Lahore and see what I saw, my husband left this for (me) with a note,” she posted in the caption.

Yasir Hussain recently caused controversy when he went to Lahore and said the city should be as clean as Karachi.

Sharing an Instagram story from Lahore, he wrote: “Karachi ko bhi itna saaf hona chahiye (Karachi has to be clean too).”


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