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Pakistan uses militant-tracking tech to hunt virus

Pakistan’s intelligence services are deploying secretive surveillance technology normally used to locate militants to instead track coronavirus patients and the people they come into contact with. In a programme publicly touted by prime minister Imran Khan, the government has turned to the powerful Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) for help in tackling the virus, which still […]

Symptomless Covid-19 infection may be more prevalent than thought: Study

The prevalence of ‘silent’ symptomless Covid-19 infection may be much higher than thought, according to a study which assessed cruise ship passengers under isolation during the current pandemic. Researchers, including those from Macquarie University in Australia, noted that the study offers the first analysis of complete Covid-19 testing of all passengers and crew on an […]

UK police say Dominic Cummings made “minor” lockdown breach

British police on Thursday (28) said prime minister Boris Johnson’s top aide Dominic Cummings committed a “minor” breach by driving to a scenic spot at the height of the coronavirus lockdown and closed the politically explosive case. The Brexit campaign master created a political scandal when newspapers discovered that he left London and took a […]

Police rules out action against Cummings for ‘minor breach’ of lockdown rules

DURHAM POLICE has said Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s top aide Dominic Cummings committed a “minor breach” by driving to a scenic spot at the height of the lockdown, and closed the politically explosive case. The force, however, ruled out retrospective against Cummings. The Brexit campaign master created a political scandal when newspapers discovered that he […]

UK has world’s highest Covid-19 death rate, says report

BRITAIN has suffered the highest death rate from the novel coronavirus among the most-affected countries with comparable tracking data, according to new research published on Thursday (28). Official numbers from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released earlier this week show Britain has registered almost 60,000 more deaths than usual since the week ending March […]

BAME campaigners seek ‘Race Equality Strategy’ to tackle ‘deep-seated inequalities’

A group of social campaigners, academics and religious leaders have urged the government to formulate a “Race Equality Strategy” in the light of the disproportionate impact of coronavirus on BAME communities. Studies have been indicating that Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people are more vulnerable to Covid-19 complications, and bringing to fore “longstanding inequalities […]

COVID-19 cases in Pakistan cross 61,000-mark

PAKISTAN crossed the 61,000-mark with 2,076 new coronavirus cases reported in the last 24 hours, the health ministry said on Thursday (28).  As many as 36 more patients died of the deadly viral infection, bringing the total death toll in the country to 1,260. With 2,076 new infections, the nationwide tally of the COVID-19 cases […]

India’s COVID-19 cases jump to 158,333

THE death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 4,531 and the number of cases climbed to 1,58,333 in India on Thursday (28). The country reported 6,566 cases and 194 deaths in the last 24 hours, the health ministry said. The number of active COVID-19 cases stand at 86,110 while 67,691 people have recovered and one patient […]

Government launches ‘test and trace operation’ in England

THE British government has launched its coronavirus “test and trace” service across England, a key pillar in its strategy to ease a nationwide lockdown introduced in late March. The new service, which started on Thursday (28), aims to allow anyone with virus symptoms to be tested, and those who have been in close contact with […]

UK employers will have to pay wages of staff asked to isolate by Covid-19 trace system

BRITISH employers should pay the wages of anyone told to stay at home by England’s Covid-19 test and trace system, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Thursday (28). The service is aimed at allowing the loosening of lockdown measures for most of the population. From Thursday, contacts of those who test positive will be instructed […]

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