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Pakistan reports first case of highly infectious BF.7 coronavirus sub-variant in Karachi

  • KARACHI: Pakistan reported its first case of BF.7 coronavirus sub-variant in its southern port city of Karachi on Tuesday, making experts urge people to exercise caution since the new strain can spread more rapidly and pose serious health problems to people with weak immune system. The countr...

New Zealand’s Ardern to leave office, sets October election

  • WELLINGTON, New Zealand: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, whose empathetic handling of the nation’s worst mass-shooting and health-driven response to the coronavirus pandemic led her to become an international icon but who faced mounting criticism at home, said Thursday she was leavin...

‘Most infectious Omicron variant circulating in Pakistan’

  • January 17: The News reported, The Aga Khan University (AKUH) Monday confirmed that the most infectious sub-variant of the Omicron variant of Coronavirus ‘XBB.1.5’ has been detected in the country through genome sequencing but cited ‘very good immunity’ among the general population as well extr...

WHO/Europe backs travel checks from US given spread of latest omicron variant

  • LONDON: Given the rapid spread of the latest offshoot of the omicron variant — XBB.1.5 — in the United States, WHO Regional Office for Europe officials on Tuesday recommended travel measures be implemented in a “non-discriminatory” manner. That is not to say that “we recommend testing of patie...

Pakistani TikTokers say not all content on platform ‘indecent’ or ‘cringe’

  • KARACHI: Popular Pakistani TikTokers have opened up about facing flak when they initially started creating content on the video-sharing app, insisting that not all content on the platform can be classified as “cringe” or “indecent,” adding that it offers diverse content for users.  TikTo...

KSA’s growth in 2023 to be fueled by non-oil and oil sector activity: Report 

  • RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s economic growth in 2023 is expected to be fueled by the robust expansion of the non-oil sector and sustained oil activity, according to a report released by consultancy firm Strategic Gears.  The new report titled, Annual Saudi Arabia Economic Outlook,&nb...

China suspends social media accounts of COVID policy critics

  • BEIJING: China has suspended or closed the social media accounts of more than 1,000 critics of the government’s policies on the COVID-19 outbreak, as the country moves to further open up. The popular Sina Weibo social media platform said it had addressed 12,854 violations including attacks on ...

Pakistan ‘successfully’ tackling Omicron XBB subvariant since October, says NCOC

  • ISLAMABAD: An official of Pakistan’s central pandemic response body said on Thursday the country had been “successfully” dealing with COVID-19 cases driven by a highly contagious Omicron subvariant XBB since October and there was no need for extra measures since the situation was under control....

List of countries that mandate COVID-19 tests for China travelers

  • BEIJING/SHANGHAI: China defended on Thursday its handling of its raging COVID-19 outbreak after US President Joe Biden voiced concern and the World Health Organization (WHO) said Beijing was under-reporting virus deaths. The WHO’s emergencies director, Mike Ryan, said on Wednesday in some of t...

China slams ‘unacceptable’ Covid curbs on travelers from its territory

  • BEIJING: China called the mounting international restrictions on travelers from its territory “unacceptable” on Tuesday after more than a dozen countries placed fresh Covid curbs on visitors from the world’s most populous nation. The United States, Canada, Japan and France are among the countr...