Pakistan government is deploying secretive surveillance technology to hunt coronavirus patients and the people they come into contact with. The technology is usually used to locate militants. The government has turned to the powerful Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) for help in tackling the virus. Details about the project have not been released.
Tech giants Apple and Google released an initial version of their software tool that will make it possible for 23 nations to release coronavirus contact-tracing apps. It will alert users when they came into contact with people who were COVID-19 positive. But authorities would have to stop requiring phone numbers from users under the companies’ rules.
Oscars 2021 could be postponed due to the disruption caused by the coronavirus in Hollywood, trade publication Variety reported. The movie industry’s biggest night is currently scheduled for February 28. But with theaters shuttered, blockbusters delayed and productions halted, the prize-giving Academy has already been forced to make significant rules changes. One of multiple anonymous sources told Variety it was now “likely” the ceremony itself will be postponed.
Many people heaved a sigh of relief after Pakistan Railways partially resumed its services on Wednesday. Fifteen trains have been given permission to operate and take people to their homes at the time of Eid-ul-Fitr. The department has been taking only 60% of bookings through online bookings. Passengers have been asked to bring their own masks, gloves, hand sanitisers and soap with them.
As the coornavirus fear subsided in South Korea, the schools reopened on Wednesday after a delay of two months. Students lined up for temperature checks and were given sanitisers to wash their hands as they entered school premises. South Korea endured one of the worst early outbreaks of the virus — at one point the second-worst hit nation.
The Private Schools Association of Karachi has demanded that it should be allowed to reopen schools after Eid. Tariq Shah, the associations’s president appealed that schools should also be granted permission to reopen amid SOPs as everything else in the country is resuming. He further added that according to an international study, students between the age of one to 17 have strong immunity so there is no point in keeping the schools closed.
Pakistan’s shopping malls and markets to stay open on weekends until the Eid, clarified Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed on Tuesday. He added that they are looking out for the entire country and they cant close their eyes and ears to what is happening in the country. On Monday, the court ordered all provinces to open shopping malls so that people can prepare for Eidul Fitr.
United States President Donald Trump recognised the services of a 10-year-old Pakistani-American girl named Laila during a ceremony to honour ‘coronavirus heroes’. According to the US Embassy in Islamabad, Laila and her friends are part of a girl scouts group from Maryland and donated 100 boxes of cookies to nurses and firefighters.The ceremony paid tribute to Americans who have been helping people in the front line fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
Pakistan will be manufacturing the anti viral drug Remdsivir within two months according to Special Assistant on National Health Services Dr Zafar Mirza. The drug will also be available for COVID-19 patients in Pakistan. Dr Mirza said that five companies in the world had been granted the license to manufacture the drug, Pakistani company being one of them.
A cafe in Germany’s Berlin is using pool noodles to ensure social distancing, while mostly public places use floor marks. Every customer that arrives at Café Rothe is given a hat to wear that consists of colourful pool noodles that stop people from closing in on each other. Cafe Rothe’s motto is: “Keep the social distance.”