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Bangladesh Cricket Board approves allowance for women cricketers to cope with COVID-19 shutdown – Times of India

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DHAKA: The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has decided to pay a one-time allowance of 20,000 Taka to its women players to help them cope with the shutdown of all events due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

BCB President Nazmul Hassan, who is also a member of parliament, said the players need support given the current situation. The cricketers who will benefit are the ones who appeared in the 2018-19 women’s National Cricket League and have been in BCB’s selection camps in 2019-20. BDT 20,000 amounts to a little over Rs 17,000.

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“Just like their male counterparts, the majority of women cricketers also look towards domestic events for earnings. Besides, we had training camps scheduled for women players which have been hampered by the prevailing COVID-19 situation,” Hassan said in a press release.

“The cricketers have been forced to pass a period of non-activity and they need our support,” he added.

Last week, the BCB announced a one-time financial aid to their male players, who do not have central contracts or first-class contracts of the board. They are to be given 30,000 BDT each.

“With the tournament and league looking at an indefinite period of shut down, cricketers who are not part of the BCB’s contracts are likely to face financial hardship as they may have only received partial payment from their respective Premier League Clubs.

“This assistance is for that section of the players,” Hassan had said.

According to a report, at least 60 players will get this financial aid.

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Coronavirus Outbreak: Lancashire county cricket club chairman David Hodgkiss passes away after… – Firstpost

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London: Lancashire county cricket club chairman David Hodgkiss has passed away after being infected by the dreaded coronavirus.

He was 71.

Although Lancashire did not give the exact reason of his death in their official statement, a club spokesperson told the ‘Press Association’ that Hodgkiss’ death was “coronavirus-related.”

“Further to the announcement from his family, it is with great sadness that Lancashire Cricket announces the passing of its Chairman, David Hodgkiss OBE,” the club said in a statement.

According to reports, Hodgkiss had some prior health issues as well.

Hodgkiss had been on the board at Emirate Old Trafford for 22 years, serving as a member, treasurer and vice-chairman before becoming the chairman, succeeding Michael Cairns in 2017.

“David served the club with distinction over many years including holding the offices of treasurer, vice-chairman and latterly chairman. He was much loved by everyone at Lancashire Cricket Club and respected throughout the cricketing world,” the statement read.

“Our sincere condolences and thoughts and prayers are with his family. A further statement will be released in due course but at this time we ask that everybody respects the family’s privacy,” it added.

The COVID-19 pandemic has so far killed over 35,000 people globally.

England and Wales Cricket Board Chairman Colin Graves also offered his condolences.

“David was a vital part of cricket in Lancashire and was passionate about growing and developing the sport in the county,” he said in a statement.

“On behalf of everyone at the England and Wales Cricket Board, our thoughts are with his family, friends and everyone at Lancashire County Cricket Club at this sad time,” he added.

Updated Date: Mar 31, 2020 13:03:27 IST

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India, Pakistan grappling with archaic epidemic law – Anadolu Agency

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While discussing whether to introduce more stringent measures to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus, advisors told Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the country lacked laws to instruct provinces to observe lockdown and put curbs on travel in times of a pandemic.

His counterpart in Pakistan, Imran Khan, also faced a similar predicament in absence of any legal cover to deal with the pandemic in a multidimensional way.

Most countries in South Asia are still using a single-page law enacted by the British back in 1897. While it empowers officials to enter into any house and forcibly examine a suspected sick person, it does not authorize the government to enforce a lockdown or even screening of passengers at the airports. There was no air travel when the law known as the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 was enacted to deal with bubonic plague outbreak in India’s commercial capital of Mumbai.

In Pakistan, this law was amended in 1958 and renamed as the West Pakistan Epidemic Diseases Act, 1958. But the only amendments in the text were to replace the word India with Pakistan.

Authorities in both countries, however, soon found a way forward. Declaring the coronavirus a national disaster, rather than an epidemic, they were able to invoke comprehensive disaster management laws to empower the executive to deal with the crisis. A 2004 tsunami and major earthquake a year later that shook the region had led both countries to enact national disaster management laws and set up powerful disaster management bodies to deal with catastrophes.

Another problem that cropped up in India was that disasters are handled by the Home Ministry, which is also a coordinating ministry. Thus, its secretary also chairs the National Executive Council (NEC) set up under the National Disaster Management Authority.

But in the case of a pandemic, it is only the Health Ministry that has the expertise and resources to coordinate and prepare a response to stem the outbreak of disease.

On March 14, the Indian government officially listed the COVID-19 pandemic as a disaster. Coinciding with this, Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla issued an order delegating his authorities required to deal with the disasters to Health Secretary Preeti Sudan. 

Invoked disaster law to address the epidemic

The move not only helped the government to invoke the Disaster Management Act, 2005 (DMA) to order lockdown measures and direct provincial governments, it also paved the way to seek assistance available under the State Disaster Response Fund.

In India’s federal structure, health care is run by individual states, with the central government having little say in its management. Only during disasters or war is the central government empowered to issue directions and orders. Even though the DMA came into effect in December 2005, this was the first time that it has been invoked to such an extent.

Ironically, documents show that a two-member high-level committee in 2014 had asked to repeal the archaic 1897 law.

The committee was set up Modi soon after assuming office in May 2014 and included R. Ramanujam, then secretary at the prime minister’s office and V. K. Bhasin, former secretary of the legislative department.

Assigned to study utility of old laws and to remove them form the statute book, they found eight months later that out of total 2,781 central acts, 380 laws enacted from 1834-1949 were still in practice despite having lost relevance. They identified 1,741 laws, including the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, and recommended their complete annulment. The committee also asked that a new comprehensive law be enacted to deal with epidemics.

The Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 involves measures and regulations to inspect any ship or vessel leaving or arriving at any port, but has no provision authorizing governments to screen passengers at airports. The law also imposes up to six months in prison or a fine of up to 1,000 rupees ($13.25) on violators. Though the fine was high in 1897, it is now negligible as a deterrent.

In 1896, the bubonic plague had swept through Mumbai, then known as Bombay. The crisis had prompted the British to quickly draft the law to prevent the spread of a dangerous epidemic. In 1981, the Spanish flu, which had started in the West, made its way to India despite the absence of mass commercial travel. Nearly 20 million people in India are estimated to have perished in that epidemic.

New proposed law in limbo

After three years of deliberations, the Indian government in 2017 unveiled a draft public health bill, including disease prevention, control, management of epidemics, bio-terrorism and disasters. However, it has not introduced it in parliament to replace the century-old Epidemic Diseases Act.

Experts believe that while the new draft legislation, still awaiting its enactment, is also lacking to address modern needs.

In case of a public health emergency, the draft law empowers medical officers to inspect any premises, isolate people, restrict movement, test patients and mandate treatment or vaccination. It also authorizes the government to take measures to prevent, control and quarantine people who might have been exposed to the disease.

But what pinches experts is that there is no mention of the economic ramifications of an epidemic. Author and Chennai-based health activist Dr. Vijayaprasad Gopichandran alleges that the bill is silent on the government’s duties during a public health emergency. “There is no mechanism stated in the bill about the responsibilities of the government in ensuring that the measures are evidence-based and effective, that the duration of time of restrictions is appropriate and that the infringement into the privacy of the population is proportional,” he said.

He added that new legislation needed to address modern methods of outbreak prevention and disease control, such as the establishment of surveillance and early warning systems and a geographical information system to mapping diseases’ spread, arguing that these would be less intrusive methods of disease prevention and containment.

The fast-paced and connected world has amplified the threat of transmission of lethal microorganisms, potentially leading to losses of life and disrupting international travel and trade. This poses a uniquely formidable challenge. While countries have been cooperating on natural disasters across the world, there is no such mechanism to respond collectively to pandemics.

The last two decades have seen swine flu, Ebola, SARS and Nipah, infecting hundreds of thousands of people around the world. There is a case that countries should not only update their health-related legislation but also treat pandemics as disasters to collaborate on and share best practices and research.

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Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi raises Kashmir issue with OIC chief – Moneycontrol

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The minister claimed that “continued restrictions on communication and movement” in Kashmir “were preventing unfettered supply of medicines and other essentials, as well as dissemination of information needed to combat the disease,” the Foreign Office said.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi held a telephonic conversation with OIC Secretary General Yousef A Al-Othaimeen during which he discussed the situation in Kashmir and the world in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

The Foreign Office said in a statement that exchange between the two covered the situation arising out of COVID-19 pandemic, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s responses, and developments in Jammu and Kashmir.

The minister claimed that “continued restrictions on communication and movement” in Kashmir “were preventing unfettered supply of medicines and other essentials, as well as dissemination of information needed to combat the disease,” the FO said.

He also highlighted concerns regarding the possibility of spread of coronavirus among the large number of Kashmiri youth.

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On March 30, 11 fresh cases of the coronavirus were reported in Jammu and Kashmir, which include three from Jammu and eight from Kashmir, taking the total number of cases in the Union Territory to 49.

Qureshi also talked about the communal violence in New Delhi in February.

The OIC is a 57-member grouping of Muslim majority nations, including Pakistan. The OIC has usually been supportive of Pakistan and often sided with Islamabad on the Kashmir issue.

Pakistan has been unsuccessfully trying to drum up international support against India for withdrawing Jammu and Kashmir’s special status on August 5 and bifurcating it into two Union territories.

India has categorically told the international community that the scrapping of Article 370 was its internal matter. It also advised Pakistan to accept the reality and stop all anti-India propaganda.

Qureshi said the pandemic posed a grave challenge to the entire humanity, including OIC member states.

“The OIC, together with the Islamic Development Bank, needed to play an effective role in helping members cope with the challenges,” he added.

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Chairman of Lancashire Cricket Club falls victim to virus – The Business Desk

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A businessman who was also chairman of Lancashire Cricket Club has died after contracting Coronavirus.

David Hodgkiss, who was 71, had been on the board Old Trafford for 22 years and had underlying health issues.

He took over as chairman of the club three years ago from Michael Cairns.

He played a key role in the redevelopment of the cricket ground over the last 10 years.

Having previously served as treasurer and vice-chairman he played a major role in the renovation of Old Trafford.

This included the construction of The Point and the raising of £9m of funding for the new Hilton hotel.

A statement from the club said: “Further to the announcement from his family, it is with great sadness that Lancashire Cricket announces the passing of its Chairman, David Hodgkiss OBE.

“David served the club with distinction over many years including holding the offices of treasurer, vice-chairman and latterly chairman.

“He was much loved by everyone at Lancashire Cricket Club and respected throughout the cricketing world.

“Our sincere condolences and thoughts and prayers are with his family.

“A further statement will be released in due course but at this time we ask that everybody respects the family’s privacy.”

Mr Hodgkiss was chief executive of steel manufacturer the William Hare Group.

He was awarded the OBE for services to manufacturing and exporting.

Colin Graves, the ECB chairman, said: “David was a vital part of cricket in Lancashire and was passionate about growing and developing the sport in the county.

“He played an integral role in the redevelopment of Emirates Old Trafford and Its status as a leading international ground is a testament to his hard work and dedication.

“On behalf of everyone at the England and Wales Cricket Board, our thoughts are with his family, friends and everyone at Lancashire County Cricket Club at this sad time.”

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British Cyber Security Firm Launches VST Pakistan – Yahoo Finance

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The new joint venture has been formed by VSTE CEO Louis-James Davis, British Asian FinTech entrepreneurs and brothers Shaz Sulaman and Ajaz Sulaman. The announcement follows another key strategic appointment last month of Ian Hetherington – former MD of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and tech pioneer – who joined the board of VSTE as an executive director.

Shaz Sulaman and Ajaz Sulaman will spearhead VST Enterprises strategic launch and growth into Pakistan developing relations with the Pakistan Government, various NGO’s, corporate organisations, financial and banking institutions including the State Bank Of Pakistan. They will be instrumental in developing the role out of the VCode® and VPlatform® technology. The ground breaking cyber security tech – which is already being used by the United Nations – will see VCode® and VPlatform® deployed across a wide range of applications including Government ID programs, taxation, benefit authorisation and medical records. VCode® technology will also be used across corporate organisations for secure access based permissions and identity authentication. It will also be used to combat fraud, money laundering and counterfeiting which is currently costing the Pakistan Government billions of US dollars.

“We are delighted and thrilled to have both Ajaz and Shaz Sulaman working in partnership with us to launch VSTE Pakistan, they are a formidable team. Their collective business expertise, tech knowledge and contacts in Pakistan will be of major strategic importance to our global expansion.

Pakistan is an emerging economy with a population of 220 million people and is a rapidly developing country in terms of technology adoption with a projected growth rate of between 5-6% between now and 2026. There are considerable opportunities for VSTE Pakistan to work closely with the financial services sectors, business, industry and The Pakistan Government with limitless opportunities.”

Cyber technology application developer and systems architect Ajaz Sulaman has over 28 years experience in rapid application development (RAD). He has worked extensively within the financial services sectors of multinational blue chip organisations and banking institutions including JP Morgan, UBS, Credit Suisse and HSBC investment bank and BP Oil (Commodities Trading London).

Ajaz brings a wealth of technical knowledge implementing global strategic solutions, third party interfacing and extensive front, middle and back office tech operations.

“We are delighted to be forming this new joint venture of VSTE Pakistan with Louis-James Davis and VST Enterprises. Pakistan’s tech sector is one of the biggest growth markets as the country embraces emerging new technologies. VCode® and VPlatform® technology will not only help develop and improve technology within the banking, Government and financial services sector, but will also help to tackle fraud, counterfeiting and piracy. Fundamentally it will also be instrumental in empowering technology to the underprivileged and underbanked in the banking and benefit sectors.”

VSTE is the cyber security company which has developed VCode® and VPlatform®, the cyber security equivalent of human DNA. VCode® is a unique coding technology that can be used to provide ultra secure financial transactions, virtual mobile wallet payments as well as providing secure identification services and authentication. The unique VCode® and VPlatform® technology allows users to authenticate themselves in a secure and encrypted way. The company is paving the way in FinTech, counterfeiting, anti piracy, financial authentication and secure ID services.

Serial entrepreneur Shaz Sulaman is the classic “Dragons Den” style entrepreneur who started his career as a graduate trainer manager on the shop floor at Dixons Stores Group before climbing the corporate ladder to become Regional Operations Manager for electrical retailer Comet. With the explosion and growth of the mobile phone market, Shaz joined Billionaire Phones 4U founder John Caudwell as Director Of Sales where he went on to become part of the operating boarding and was responsible for the growth of Phones 4U from 30 stores to 350 within 30 months. In 2004 he was appointed Deputy CEO of private investor group Northway Investments Ltd where he worked on a diverse portfolio of investments. Today he is the founder of Three Peaks Capital, a hybrid VC and angel investment firm which specialises in early stage pre launch and launch stage business funding as well as seed run investments into established start ups.

“We are delighted to be forming a joint venture with Louis and VST Enterprises. These are exciting times ahead in the tech world, not only are VCode® and VPlatform® ground breaking in their technology, but the number of applications and areas that it can be used within are limitless. Rarely has there been a technology developed at the cutting edge of its field in cyber security that can be used in so many multiple applications across both the private and public sector. Pakistan is a huge growth market and has a substantial appetite and desire for cyber technology. Both myself and Ajaz believe VSTEP will be a huge success.”

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VST Enterprises (VSTE) is the company behind the VCode® and VPlatform®. Headquartered in Manchester, the company has international offices in New York, Reno, Hong Kong, Armenia, New Delhi and South Africa and operational in 16 countries.

VCode® represents the next generation of code scanning technology – an evolutionary step forward from traditional barcodes and QR Codes. VCode® has an infinite range of applications and capabilities from secure identification and ID, to geo location and geo fencing, asset tracking, authentication and permission based authorisations, fan and customer engagement through to biometrics and facial recognition.

VCode® can be used across a wide range of applications to securely purchase music, video and film content to concert and sports event tickets. It can also be used to screen exclusive film content, sales promotion and marketing and create dynamic marketing and fan engagement campaigns. Its wider uses also include anti counterfeiting and anti piracy.

A VCode® can be scanned from over 100 metres, with a 70:1 distance to size scan ratio, at 170-degree angles, on and from moving objects, and upon any multimedia or television screen and even when the VCode® is microscopic on bank notes or minerals. This allows users to access exclusive content, check the validity and authenticity of an item and make purchases while on the move. VCode® provides military grade encryption with over 2 Quintillion combination codes.

Supporting the VCode® app is the VPlatform® – a secure cloud based portal that allows users to create VCode® and manage the content they lead to. The VPlatform® also provides users with real time analytics on who scanned their codes, when and where the scans took place, providing vital consumer data. The VPlatform® enables push notifications and rewards to be sent back to individuals who have made VCode® scans, offering opportunities for brands to significantly enhance their engagement levels with their client base.

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Message from Ricky Skerrit,t President of CWI to all cricket fans and supported of the West Indies – Cricket World

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Ricky Skerritt, President of Cricket West Indies

Ricky Skerritt, President of Cricket West Indies

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Dear Cricket Lovers and Members of the West Indies Family,

As lovers of this remarkable sport called cricket, there is nothing we all enjoy more than getting outdoors and watching a great game; witnessing an enthralling battle between bat and ball and seeing our favorite players and teams rise to glory as we join each other in celebration. And if we cannot be there in person, we find every possible way to see or hear the broadcast.

However, today there is a new reality that we are now facing. There is no live cricket available, because all around the world we are in a new battle to prevent the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus. As such, we all now need to join the same team as we unite in this global battle with each other, for each other. We must now couple our passion for cricket with our love for the health and safety of our family, friends, community, and ourselves.

As cricket fans, you have supported our West Indies players throughout the years, and now we ask you to offer your full support to members of our essential services and first responders. These valiant men and women have worked tirelessly in the face of very trying circumstances and great challenges. We have heard the stories of their heroic deeds, and watched as they stand on the medical front line to save lives and comfort the sick. They deserve the highest praise, respect and commendation.

To our players, who represent us so proudly on the field of play, I remind you that you are the true custodians of the game. Please do your best to be fit, healthy, and ready when you get the green light to return to play. I strongly believe that in the midst of the unprecedented stressful challenges that we are now facing, we can find opportunities to fine-tune and refocus our own attitudes towards cricket, our livelihoods, our relationships, and our lives.

I pray that we will all stay safe and secure and I ask that you follow the rules and regulations as issued by your local health authorities and law enforcement personnel – play your part for the team and be good role models for your communities. But before then, we must all play our role in being wise and prudent as we look after our loved ones and those in need.

The great game of cricket will certainly make a comeback – when that day will be, we cannot say – but now is the time for us all to unite in this Covid-19 fight.

Sincere regards,

Ricky Skerritt,

President of Cricket West Indies

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Lancashire Cricket Club Chairman David Hodgkiss Dies With COVID-19 – ABP Live

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“Further to the announcement from his family, it is with great sadness that Lancashire Cricket announces the passing of its Chairman, David Hodgkiss OBE,” read a club statement.

New Delhi: Lancashire cricket club chairman David Hodgkiss has died after contracting coronavirus. He was 71. Hodgkiss, who had been on the board at Emirate Old Trafford for 22 years, is understood to have had underlying health issues, reports ESPNcricinfo.

He had first joined in 1998 and took over as chairman in April 2017 from Michael Cairns. He also served in the roles of honorary treasurer and vice-chairman during his association.

“Further to the announcement from his family, it is with great sadness that Lancashire Cricket announces the passing of its Chairman, David Hodgkiss OBE,” read a club statement.

“David served the club with distinction over many years including holding the offices of treasurer, vice-chairman and latterly chairman. He was much loved by everyone at Lancashire Cricket Club and respected throughout the cricketing world.

“Our sincere condolences and thoughts and prayers are with his family. A further statement will be released in due course but at this time we ask that everybody respects the family’s privacy,” it added.

Daniel Gidney, Lancashire’s chief executive, paid his respects on Twitter, and said: “I am absolutely devastated to lose my great friend. RIP David.”

Colin Graves, ECB Chairman said: “David was a vital part of cricket in Lancashire and was passionate about growing and developing the sport in the county.

“He played an integral role in the redevelopment of Emirates Old Trafford and its status as a leading international ground is a testament to his hard work and dedication.

“On behalf of everyone at the England and Wales Cricket Board, our thoughts are with his family, friends and everyone at Lancashire County Cricket Club at this sad time,” he added.

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Cricket, Last Thing On Mind: PCB Chief Ehsan Mani On Asia Cup – Cricket Addictor

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The world has come to a standstill due to novel coronavirus pandemic. Sports events included. At this time, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ehsan Mani has said, cricket is the last thing on anyone’s mind and nothing is certain about the Asia Cup 2020.

The showpiece Asian tournament was slated to be hosted by Pakistan in September. But it might well get postponed due to the coronavirus widespread. A meeting between the boards and ACC was due to decide on the neutral venue and commencement of the event.

We have not decided on a date for meeting: ACC

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Ehsan Mani has been appointed as the new PCB chairman replacing Najam Sethi. (Image Courtesy: PCB)

But as the situation stands, PCB chief said, they have not decided on date yet. Although, the ACC is monitoring the situation closely. He said that, there is time for Asia Cup left, and a meeting can be held once the situation improves.

“There has not been any discussion on the matter yet. Nothing has been decided,” Mani was quoted as saying by Sportstar. “We haven’t decided on a date for the meeting either. The ACC is monitoring the situation and will take a call accordingly.”

“At this point in time, cricket is the last thing in anyone’s mind. But the member nations and the ACC are keeping an eye on how things go. There is still some time left for the Asia Cup, so a meeting on that could only be held once the situation improves,” the official said.

‘Let us not speculate on postponement or cancellation’

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A picture from Asia Cup 2018. (Photo by Tharaka Basnayaka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The Asia Cup 2020 has not been postponed or called off yet. With a decision yet to be taken, one of the senior members of the board has asked not to speculate anything, as of now.  “Let’s not speculate things. As of now, there is no word on postponement and cancellation and that’s how it is,” one of the senior functionaries of a member board said.

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Coronavirus claims 7 lives in 24 hours in Pakistan, total count reaches 23 – The Statesman

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The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic in Pakistan has increased to 23 after seven fatalities were reported in a day, while the number of confirmed cases jumped to 1,775, according to the media report on Tuesday.

Of the 1,775 cases, Punjab province reported the highest at 651, followed by Sindh at 566, Dawn news reported

Addressing a press conference on Monday, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on National Security Moeed Yusuf said, “Flight operations will be resumed gradually as we want to ensure that we would stop the transmission of virus. Similarly, domestic flights and trains will be resumed after analysing the situation.”

Speaking to the media, the Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Health Zafar Mirza said that the rate of local transmission had increased to over 29 per cent, reported Dawn news.

Last week, at a press briefing, “Yusuf said, “No international flights will be allowed to land in Pakistan for two weeks.”

The country has closed all public and private educational institutions, marriage halls, cultural centres, cinemas, and cancelled all sports activities and official events and also blocked its western border crossings with Iran and Afghanistan.

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) chairman Lt Gen Mohammad Afzal said that supplies, sufficient for five weeks, had been provided to Islamabad, Gilgit-Baltistan and Pakistan occupied Kashmir.

More than 35,000 people have died worldwide from the coronavirus pandemic since it emerged late last year in China, most of them in Europe.

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