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WHO says rising COVID cases in Asia are just ‘tip of the iceberg’

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  • Director-general of the World Health Organisation warns that rising cases in Asia are deadlier than what the numbers suggest. 
  • He reminds people that with the rise in COVID cases, number of deaths also increase.
  • Urges countries to take preventive measures and administer vaccinations. 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that the increasing COVID-19 cases in Asia are just the “tip of the iceberg” even though the cases have been seeing a decline over the last few weeks.

Taking to Twitter, the Director-General of WHO Dr Tedros Adhanom wrote: “These increases are occurring despite reductions in testing in some countries, which means the cases we are seeing are just the tip of the iceberg.”

He suggested that the real spread of the virus is “way more alarming” than what the numbers are showing.

Issuing the warning in very blatant terms, he reminded people that with the rise in COVID cases, the number of deaths has also increased. For this reason, precautions are a must, he said.

The world is seeing an enormous amount of cases in areas where no preventive measures are being taken, Tedros added. The cases are particularly high in places where vaccines are not being administered on a large scale.

He asked all countries to be vigilant and continue to keep the standard operating procedures (SOPs) in place, administer vaccinations, and take measures to protect the public and health workers.

“The pandemic is not over,” Tedros reminded everyone. 

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Zaidong, the ambassador, said China will fully back Pakistan’s counterterrorism operations.

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Reaffirming on Thursday that China will provide Pakistan with unwavering support in its fight against terrorism is Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Jiang Zaidong.

In an interview that was broadcast on television, the ambassador promised to cooperate with Pakistan and said that China will protect the interests and safety of the citizens of the two friendly nations.

Zaidong underscored that efforts to undermine the two nations’ bilateral relationship would be thwarted by China’s cooperation with Pakistan.

Also, he emphasized how crucial China-Pakistan relations have become strategically given the changing nature of the world.

In highlighting the transformative impact of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the ambassador reaffirmed his nation’s commitment to seeing it through.

In addition to creating thousands of employment, he said, “the CPEC has facilitated significant advancements in power generation and transportation infrastructure with over $25 billion in direct investments and substantial infrastructure development.”

Zaidong stressed the value of sharing ideas and knowledge between Pakistan and China, acknowledging their shared security objectives.

Stressing that both countries have a common future, he envisioned their partnership having a greater social impact.

Concerning the terrorist attack on Chinese nationals [working on the Dasu dam], the ambassador expressed gratitude to the Pakistani people for their condolences and sympathy and commended the government for its prompt action.

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Mild rain in Lahore improves the weather

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Early on Friday, light rain in the province capital Lahore and its surrounding areas improved the weather.

But rain also led to power outages in several areas of Lahore, as multiple feeders of the Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) blew, leaving whole sections of the city without power.

Details show that rain was observed in a number of locations throughout the city, including Model Town, Gulberg, Garden Town, Mall Road, Lakshmi Chowk, Gulshan Ravi, Jail Road, and Sanda.

However, the Met Office has forecasted an additional day of rain for the city during the next 24.

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The government will begin coordinated action against lawbreakers in the Katcha region

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On Friday, Mohsin Naqvi, the interior minister, announced that the government would begin a coordinated operation in the Katcha region to eradicate the miscreants for good.

He stated that collaborative efforts in the Katcha region will make use of contemporary technologies, including drones.

According to Mohsin Naqvi, all security agencies, including the police, should make sure that SOPs are fully implemented in order to protect Chinese nationals living in Pakistan.

He declared that any carelessness in this respect will not be accepted at all while presiding over a meeting to review the National Action Plan’s implementation at NACTA headquarters in Islamabad.

According to Naqvi, failure to follow the SOPs for the safety of foreign nationals will result in severe disciplinary action.

“We have to outfit our departments with cutting-edge technology to eradicate terrorism,” stated the interior minister. He declared that the provinces will receive all the assistance from the federation in this area.

Anti-state forces will be permanently driven out of the Katcha region, according to Naqvi. The interior minister expressed satisfaction with the anti-smuggling operations and stated that all ministries need to make sure that smugglers face stern legal action.

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