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Rapid testing enables KP health dept to boost surveillance of Covid patients


PESHAWAR: The health department has been diagnosing coronavirus patients quickly with the help of antigen detection rapid diagnostic test (Ag-RDT) as 12 more people have died of Covid-19 and 276 new patients have been reported in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The new testing method, started a fortnight ago, has enabled the health department to get fast results

Capital’s 9,000 healthcare workers register for Covid-19 vaccination


ISLAMABAD: With the government deciding to purchase 1.1 million doses and the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) having started making preparations to administer Covid-19 vaccine to frontline workers, as many as 9,000 healthcare workers in the federal capital have registered themselves for vaccination. On the other hand, Islamabad reported 150 new patients and three

Several cities await power supply as restoration efforts continue


LAHORE: The impact of Saturday’s nationwide power breakdown persisted on Sunday as a number of rural and urban areas remained without power supply despite efforts by the field formations of the state-owned National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC). The NTDC is responsible for power evacuation from plants and supplying to the distribution system of distribution

Couple wounded in Indian shelling


MUZAFFARABAD: A couple was injured in Bhimber district of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) due to “unprovoked” ceasefire violation by the Indian army, marking the first civilian casualties of 2021, officials said on Sunday. Mohammad Khalil, 65, and his spouse Faryad Bibi, 58, were wounded in Khaitar Baroh village on Saturday evening after the Indian

Sindh demands setting up of commission to probe power outage


KARACHI: The Sindh government on Sunday demanded formation of an inquiry commission with representation of provinces to ascertain the cause of the electricity breakdown that plunged the entire country into darkness for several hours. Provincial Energy Minister Imtiaz Ahmed Shaikh demanded setting up of an inquiry commission and removal of the National Transmission and Despatch

Govt telling lies to cover up power sector failures: opposition


LAHORE: Opposition parties on Sunday accused the ruling PTI of telling lies to cover up its failure in the power generation sector as a major fault in the electricity distribution system plunged the entire country into darkness a day ago. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) secretary general Ahsan Iqbal said the worst-ever power shutdown proved that

PTV MD’s suspension garners controversy


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Television (PTV) Managing Director Aamer Manzoor had opposed sacking of seven professionals before being suspended by PTV Chairman Naeem Bokhari. On Jan 1, the PTV board charge-sheeted and suspended Mr Manzoor for “exercising powers beyond prescribed limits.” According to media reports, PTV’s board of directors took the decision to suspend Mr Manzoor at

Drive against polio begins as Covid cases cross 500,000 mark

Drive against polio begins as Covid cases cross 500,000 mark

• 285,000 workers to vaccinate 40m children• Strict health protocols to be observed• NCOC reports over 2,800 single day cases, 46 deaths ISLAMABAD: As countrywide Covid-19 cases surpassed the 500,000 mark and the number of deaths reached 10,644 on Sunday, Pakistan will start the current year’s first polio campaign under strict precautionary measures and protocols

Covid health consequences correspond with personal decisions, warns Asad Umar


Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar has once again urged the nation to follow precautionary measures for curbing the spread of the coronavirus, stating that “health consequences are strongly correlated with our decisions and personal choices”. In a series of tweets on Monday, the minister said: “When the second wave accelerated, we

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