Pak shuts borders, India cases cross 1,000

By DG Staff

ISLAMABAD 30 March 2020: Pakistan has closed its Eastern and Western borders both for trade and passenger traffic for two more weeks to contain the spread of coronavirus, Covid-19.

There are 1,513 confirmed coronavirus cases in the country with 12 deaths and 28 recoveries, according to Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on National Security Division, SAPM, Moeed Yusuf said, “Both passenger traffic and trade has been stopped at the borders with Afghanistan, Iran and India which includes Kartarpur Corridor as well.”

He added that the international flights to the country were banned till 4th of next month and there will also be prohibition for flights leaving the country for abroad from Sunday, according to Associated Pakistan of Pakistan and Wam.

Moeed Yusuf informed that the Pakistani passengers stranded at different international airports were brought back to Pakistan, while the remaining had received visas from the respective countries to further their stay.

Covid-19 India cases cross 1,000 milestone

NEW DELHI: India today crossed the psychological milestone of 1,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases even as its comprehensive three-week lockdown entered its fifth day.

At the time of writing, India has recorded 1,045 cases, of which 27 patients have died while 86 persons have recovered. That puts the number of active cases at 932, according to India Covid-19 Tracker, a reliable curator of the country’s news about Coronavirus.

India Covid-19 is a crowd-sourced initiative which collects data nationwide and is updated on its site in real time. It gets information directly from states, which is where Covid-19 cases are being reported.

As the milestone of 1,000 cases was crossed, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked for forgiveness from his people for the difficult decisions he had to take, causing them “myriad hardship.”

No Other Option

In his customary monthly radio address, Modi said: “I extend a heartfelt apology to all my countrymen. It is possible that many are annoyed with me for their confinement in their homes. I fully understand your situation. I can feel what you are going through. But in order to battle Corona in a country of 130-crore (1.3 billion) people such as India, there was no other option” to a complete lockdown.

Modi ended his speech on a hopeful note. “We need to win this battle. And we will win. We will meet (via radio) again next month. By then we should have overcome this crisis.”

The Prime Minister yesterday had long video conference with practitioners of India’s traditional medicines or Ayush (Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy). He underlined the importance of fact checking and countering unsubstantiated claims of Ayush having cures for Covid-19.

Kuwait reports 20 new Covid-19 cases

KUWAIT: The Kuwaiti Ministry of Health announced on Sunday that a further 20 people were infected by the new coronavirus, Covid-19, in the last 24 hours.

This brings the Gulf country’s tally of confirmed virus cases up to 255, the Kuwait News Agency quoted the ministry’s spokesman Dr. Abdullah Al-Sanad as saying in a daily news briefing, remarking that the new cases include six Kuwaitis and an expat from the Philippines, all related to travel to the UK.

The remaining 13 cases came due to close contacts with previously unveiled infections; one from Kuwait, nine from India and three from Bangladesh, the spokesman elaborated.

Oman registers 15 new Covid-19 cases

MUSCAT: Oman registered 15 new cases of the new coronavirus, Covid-19, increasing the total amount of cases in Oman to 167, according to the Omani Ministry of Health.

“Two cases are being tested epidemiologically,” the Ministry of Health said in a statement published by the Omani News Agency. It added that 23 patients have recovered.

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