There are calls for tougher quarantine check at international airports after half of Britian’s imported COVID-19 infections since June 4, were found to have come from Pakistan, The Telegraph reports. Up to two flights from Pakistan arrive in the U.K. every day with Pakistan International Airlines plying on the route since early April. Data from Public Health England showed 30 positive cases in travellers

27 June 2020

Over two dozen Baloch and Pashtun students protesting against the unavailability of internet for online classes were arrested and beaten by the police in the city of Quetta in southwestern Balochistan province. The incident was condemned by Baloch, Pashtun Leaders and also by political parties. The police arrested them for trying to organise a rally when there is a complete ban on public gatherings due

25 June 2020

Yoga guru Ramdev’s ‘Coronil and Swasari’ herbal medicine that claim to cure COVID-19 will not go on sale until the government looks at the research, said the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy Siddha and Homepathy (AYUSH). Ramdev’s company Patanjali Ayurved said their clinically controlled trial-based evidence has shown that the drug has shown a “100% recovery rate within three to seven days” and is

24 June 2020

The “hopes and futures of an entire generation” can unravel across South Asia if there’s no urgent action taken to combat COVID-19, warns a new report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The UNICEF report, titled “Lives upended” notes the disastrous effects of the rapidly advancing Coronavirus pandemic in a region which is home to a quarter of the world’s population. It notes

23 June 2020

The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said the annual pilgrimage will go ahead next month but with a “very limited” number of pilgrims allowed to take part due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They said their preserved the “global public health” and the lack of available vaccinations or a cure for those who have Coronavirus. The ministry said the decision was made “in light of

23 June 2020

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Sunday, reported its highest single-day increase in global Coronavirus cases on Sunday, with the total rising by 183,020 cases within a 24-hour period. The UN health agency said 54,771 cases were reported from Brazil itself which was the largest contributor to the tally. The U.S. followed it with 36,617 cases while India reported over 15,400. North and South America

22 June 2020

“In the past eight years, 25,000 people, most of them women and children, died in the treacherous waters of Mediterranean,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said. Addressing the closing ceremony of the International Migration Film Festival via a video call, Erdogan highlighted the grave dangers faced by migrants while they search for a better life, reports Anadolu Agency. Erdogan also called on the people

22 June 2020

The Chabahar port in Iran’s Sistan-Balochistan province was spared from U.S. sanctions to support Afghanistan’s access to the port. A U.S. State Department spokesperson told Al Jazeera that the “narrow exception” was allowed for “a limited number of activities that support the reconstruction and development of Afghanistan, a key U.S. national security interest.” This means that despite escalating tensions between the U.S. and Iran,

21 June 2020

For the fourth consecutive day, India registered a record increase of Coronavirus cases as its tally surged to 410,461 cases. On Sunday, it also reported its highest single-day jump till date, of 15,413 new patients. It’s the fourth worst-hit country in the world where 13,254 patients have died since the beginning of the pandemic. It took India 143 days since the first reported case

21 June 2020

Turkmenistan’s Foreign Ministry discussed the precautions and measures taken by the country against COVID-19 and other acute infectious diseases. Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov stressed that Turkmenistan is among the very few countries in the region to not have encountered Coronavirus, and said that this is also possible due to the country's “advanced health care system.” He pointed that the country continues to have international

20 June 2020