China reported the highest number of new daily coronavirus cases in nearly six weeks, driven by a rise in infected travelers arriving from overseas and underscoring challenges Beijing faces in preventing a second wave of Covid-19.
A total of 108 new coronavirus cases were reported on Sunday, up from 99 a day earlier and marking the highest number of cases since 143 cases were reported on March 5. The total number of confirmed cases in mainland China now stands at 82,160, while the death toll rose by two to 3,341.
Some other Asian countries that beat Covid-19 are having to do it again as pandemic sees a resurgence. After Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Taiwan flattened the curve, travelers from the US and Europe began reimporting the virus. In recent weeks, those curves are going upward again as new cases continue to rise.
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Wash your hands 👐
🧼 after coughing or sneezing
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🧼 before, during & after you prepare food
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‘Ghosts’ scare Indonesians indoors and away from coronavirus
Kepuh village in Indonesia has been haunted by ghosts recently – mysterious white figures jumping out at unsuspecting passersby, then gliding off under a full-moon sky.
The village on Java island has deployed a cast of “ghosts” to patrol the streets, hoping that age-old superstition will keep people indoors and safely away from the coronavirus.
Known as “pocong”, the ghostly figures are typically wrapped in white shrouds with powdered faces and kohl-rimmed eyes. In Indonesian folklore they represent the trapped souls of the dead.
— Reuters (@Reuters) April 13, 2020
Trump administration sees May 1 as potential date for easing restrictions
The Trump administration sees May 1 as a potential date for easing stay-at-home restrictions across the United States, but officials caution that it is too early to say whether that target would be met https://t.co/QVoEUBTGlk pic.twitter.com/peBMMREx0p
— Reuters (@Reuters) April 13, 2020
Nearly 6,000 held in Karachi for lockdown violation
According to the police, nearly 6,000 people in Karachi have been arrested for violating the lockdown restrictions in the past four weeks.
As many as 580 arrests were made on Sunday while 1,885 cases have been registered against the violators so far.
Govt partners with data analytics startup to fight pandemic
Here’s why social distancing is key! pic.twitter.com/53Cypcwq65
— Tania Aidrus (@taidrus) April 13, 2020
12 new cases emerge in Islamabad
Islamabad has reported 12 new Covid-19 cases, taking its tally to 131 so far.
As many as 67 recoveries were also recorded from different parts of Pakistan according to the government Covid-19 portal.
China sees 108 new virus cases, mostly imported
China on Monday reported 108 new cases of coronavirus infection, 98 of them imported.
Of the new domestic cases, seven were recorded in the province of Heilongjiang bordering on Russia and three in the southern business bub of Guangzhou.
Two more deaths were reported in the former epicenter city of Wuhan, bringing China’s totals since the illness emerged in December to 3,341 deaths among 82,160 official cases.
READ: Public survey exposes shocking misconceptions on our understanding of Covid-19
While the Coronavirus crisis is the only thing on our minds these days, the public remains shockingly unaware of the subject, relying more on hearsay, beliefs, and superstitions rather than actual medical knowledge.
This was exposed in a survey poll of 1000 Pakistanis by research company IPSOS in a study published on Thursday. The survey interviewed people from all over the country, including all provinces, regions and socioeconomic classes.
The poll revealed shocking misinformation on the virus and how to protect oneself from it: A staggering 82 percent of people believe that performing ablution five times a day can protect from Coronavirus.
Read full story here.
Dozens of healthcare providers infected with Covid-19
As the federal and provincial governments are going to discuss possible extension of lockdown at a meeting of the National Coordination Committee, dozens of healthcare providers have been infected with novel coronavirus across the country.
The Pakistan Medical Association , a representative body of doctors, has blamed the low quality personal protective equipment for the tragedy.
However, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr Zafar Mirza on Sunday suggested to the healthcare providers to stop irrational use of the PPE.
Punjab reports 2 more deaths, 130 new cases
Punjab’s Covid-19 death toll has risen to 23 as the province reports two new deaths.
Moreover, as many as 130 new cases were added to Punjab’s Covid-19 tally which now stands at 130. “Our Healthcare staff is dealing with this pandemic efficiently & IA we will be able to avert this crisis but with YOUR cooperation!,” said Punjab CM in a tweet.
As of today No of confirmed #COVID19 cases has reached at 2,594 including 701 Zaireen, 821 Tableeghi Jamaats’ members, 89 prisoners and 983 others.
Our Healthcare staff is dealing with this pandemic efficiently & IA we will be able to avert this crisis but with YOUR cooperation!
— Usman Buzdar (@UsmanAKBuzdar) April 12, 2020
Trump’s developer friend Stanley Chera dies of coronavirus
A friend and donor to President Donald Trump who the president had said was in a coma and seriously ill after becoming infected with the coronavirus has died.
Stanley I. Chera’s death Saturday was reported by The Real Deal, which covers the New York real estate industry. The publication cited unidentified sources who have worked with Crown Acquisitions, the firm Chera founded and ran. Chera was in his late 70s.
A White House official on Sunday confirmed Chera’s identity and ties to the president. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to share details about Trump’s personal friendships.
Tenants can’t be forced out in Punjab for two months
According to a notification by the Punjab home dept., eviction of tenants because of nonpayment of rents or their delays has been banned in the province.
The ban has been imposed by Additional Home Secretary Momin Agha under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure and will remain in place for the next two months.
47 new cases, 3 more deaths reported in KP
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has reported 3 new coronavirus deaths and 47 new cases.
This takes the provincial tally to 744 and its death toll to 34 so far.
47 new cases confirmed in past 24 hours taking the tally to 744. 3 more deaths, all with history of Tableegh travel (52, 65, 80 yrs old), were reported taking the tally to 34. 3 more patients recovered taking tally to 145 in KP. 4,305 total tests conducted #coronavirusinpakistan pic.twitter.com/GNUCFsx4iC
— Health Department KP (@HealthKPGovt) April 12, 2020
New deaths in Italy reach lowest mark in 3 weeks
Italy recorded the lowest number of new coronavirus deaths in three weeks, saying 431 people died in the past day to bring its total to 19,899. It was the lowest day-to-day toll since March 19.
For the ninth day running, intensive care admissions were down and hospitalizations overall were down, relieving pressure on Italy’s over-stressed health care system.
More than 4,000 people tested positive as Italy began its fifth week under nationwide lockdown, continuing a general flattening in its infection curve.
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