Shops in Faisalabad are still operating with their shutters down for the police but open for people. A lockdown has been imposed in the city to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus across the country. Section 144 has been imposed in Faisalabad, which means that there is a restriction on gatherings of more than five people and movement has been restricted too.
Prime Minister Imran Khan announced that he will start a campaign to mobilise overseas Pakistanis for funds to fight against the novel coronavirus in the country. A series of tweets by the Prime Minister’s Office said that the premier along with the support of his Special Assistant on Overseas Pakistanis Zulfi Bukhari will personally handle the matter. He will address Pakistanis abroad as well.
Saudi Arabia announced the suspension of taraweeh prayers during Ramazan at mosques and will only be performed at home. The suspension will not be lifted until the eradication of the coronavirus, according to a report in Al Riyadh. The Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs, Dr Abdul Latif Al Sheikh mentioned that they ask Allah to accept their prayers whether held at homes or at mosques.
China has imposed restrictions on the publication of academic research on the origins of the novel coronavirus. The restriction is imposed according to a central government directive and online notices published by two Chinese universities that have since been removed from the web. Under the new policy, all academic papers on Covid-19 will be subject to extra vetting before being submitted for publication.
A sheet of paper bearing Paul McCartney’s handwritten lyrics to “Hey Jude” sold for $910,000 in an online auction held Friday. The auction was to mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ historic split. The handwritten document contains partial lyrics along with annotations including the word “break” used to aid the song’s recording. The document penned by McCartney was sold for more than five times its pre-sale estimate.
The Civil Aviation Authority has ordered thermal scanners to be installed at the domestic lounge of the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi. The airport management has been ordered to implement the order before domestic flights in the country resume. It has also been instructed to ensure all precautionary measures are taken. The CAA confirmed that the machines will be installed at airports in Peshawar, Lahore, Islamabad, Multan and Faisalabad by April 13.
Pakistani cab drivers are providing free transportation to health workers fighting against COVID-19 in Spain. According to a report by DW Urdu, over 150 Pakistani cab drivers are part of the initiative. Nadia Jamil had previously shared how the drivers are getting in touch with the medical staff to help them out. The cab drivers are carrying on the initiative in numerous cities.
Stars of the famous sitcom ‘Friends’ record secret 90-minute special episode after the reunion was deferred due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Courteney Cox, who plays Monica Gellar on the show, filmed a ‘mock rehearsal’ along with director Ben Winston, over the live video- conferencing application Zoom. It was revealed further that the special episode will be released prior to airing of the reunion that has now been stalled.
A total of 13 areas in Lahore have been sealed because they have reported a higher number of coronavirus cases. Raiwind had already been sealed and 12 other areas were sealed Saturday. These are Sikandria Colony, Bhatta Chowk, Bedian Road, China Scheme, Mughalpura, Samnabad, Shahdara, Small Industries, Bahria Town and some areas in Saddar, Gulshan-e-Ravi and Rustam Park.
The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has blocked eight mobile phone numbers over Ehsaas programme fraud. Many people filed a complaint with the PTA that they received messages from these numbers asking for their details to register for the Ehsaas Emergency Cash programme. The PTA has sent these numbers to the FIA to investigate who is behind these scams.