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Karachi, Hyderabad witness steady increase in COVID-19 cases

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  • Another 171 people test positive for COVID-19 in a single day in Pakistan.
  • Positivity ratio surges to 1.53%.
  • 57 patients of infectious disease have been shifted to ICU.

The positivity ratio of COVID-19 cases in Karachi and Hyderabad, once again, crossed 10% amid a steady increase in cases across the country, data from the National Institute of Health (NIH) showed on Monday.

According to the stats, 171 new infections were detected after 11,212 coronavirus diagnostic tests performed across the country, which placed Pakistan’s positivity ratio at 1.53% and the overall case count at 1,532,153.

Moreover, at least 57 patients with infectious diseases have been shifted into the critical care unit during the last 24 hours.

According to the NIH stats, Pakistan’s active case count reached 3,369.

The case count has increased across the country, particularly in Hyderabad where the positivity ratio reached 16.67%. As per the stats, the positivity ratio in different cities is as follows:

CityPositivity Ratio
Karachi10.08%
Mir Pur Azad Kashmir5.26%
Islamabad 2.07%
Mardan 3.39%
Abbottabad 1.2%
Lahore 1%

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UNICEF will donate $20 million to youth initiatives in Pakistan.

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Signing of a letter of intent between Prime Minister’s Youth Program and UN International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) about the United Nations Generation Unlimited (GenU) program was witnessed by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

In order to empower youth via education, technical training, and entrepreneurship as well as to work toward early education and training, the Secretary General of the UN announced the Generation Unknown initiative in 2018.

Twenty million euros will be invested in youth-related projects by GenU as it prepares to launch its full operations in Pakistan.

To help ensure that young people have equal access to training and education, sign the document. A joint operational strategy framework will be developed in this regard by GenU and the PM Youth Programme.

PM watches UNICEF and PMYP sign a letter of intent.

Prior to this, the prime minister was visited by a UNICEF delegation led by Abdullah A. Fazil, UNICEF’s Pakistani representative. Moreover present in the conference was Rana Mashhood, Chairman of the PM Youth Program.

The PM Youth Programme and UNICEF are working together to increase the capacity of Pakistan’s youth, as the delegation informed the prime minister.

The prime minister expressed gratitude to UNICEF for their efforts on behalf of children’s welfare in Pakistan and throughout the world.

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The IHC upholds Bushra Bibi’s request to be transferred from Bani Gala to Adiala Jail.

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Bushra Bibi’s request to be transferred from Bani Gala to Adiala Jail was granted by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday.

The former first lady Bushra Bibi’s application to be transferred from Bani Gala sub-jail to Adiala was heard today.

Details reveal that the Islamabad High Court heard a motion to restore the denied petition about the relocation of Bushra Bibi, the wife of PTI founder, from sub-jail Bani Gala to Adiala.

The application for the reinstatement of appeal was heard by Justice Miagul Hassan Aurangzeb. When state attorney Abdul Rehman entered the courtroom on behalf of the state, Usman Riaz Gill represented the former first lady.

State counsel did not object to the appeal being restored during court proceedings. At the following hearing, the court asked for assistance in determining what conditions must be met for a location to be designated as a sub-jail.

The court also mandated that Bushra Bibi’s medical examination be scheduled. The court subsequently delayed the hearing and gave instructions to fix the appeal for April 22.

Recall that the attorneys for former first lady Bushra Bibi, Barrister Salman Safdar, Usman Riaz Gill, and Khalid Yusuf Chaudhary, had filed an application to restore the dismissed appeal a day ago, but the Islamabad High Court had denied their request to pursue the case.

The petition contended that the traffic gridlock at the Sarina Chowk checkpoint was the reason for the delay in getting to the court.

The attorneys did not purposefully take their time getting to court. They warned that the petitioner would suffer irreversible loss if the petition was not resurrected.

IHC Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb has voiced his displeasure at the absence of attorneys from the court.

According to Judge Aurangzeb, the former first lady would have been imprisoned if Bushra Bibi’s attorneys had prevailed in this case. The attorneys themselves were opposed to Bushra Bibi’s incarceration.

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oath-taking ceremony for the Balochistan cabinet postponed

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The Balochistan cabinet’s oath-taking ceremony, which was supposed to take place at the Governor’s House today (Thursday), has been rescheduled.
The Governor’s House spokeswoman announced that the Balochistan cabinet’s swearing-in event has been postponed. Nevertheless, there was no explanation provided for the ceremony’s postponement.

It is important to note that the 14-member Balochistan cabinet, which consists of two members from the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) and six ministers from the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) was set to take the oath of office today, Thursday.

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