Bill Gates has called for Covid-19 drugs and an eventual vaccine to be made available to countries and people that need them most, not to the “highest bidder”. The billionaire philanthropist said that relying on market forces would prolong the deadly pandemic. He stated that leaders needed to make hard decisions about distributing based on equity.
Newly reopened theme parks in Japan are asking riders not to scream on roller coasters. The recommendation against screaming — along with use of masks — is included in guidelines issued by the country’s theme-parks associations as a means of preventing the spread of the coronavirus, and most parks are following suit. Parkgoers have been struggling to comply with the no-screaming requirement.
Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, 77, tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday and was admitted to hospital in Mumbai. Amitabh’s son, Abhishek Bachchan has also tested positive for the virus. The father son duo took to Twitter to announce the news and have stated their symptoms are mild. Big B also requested everyone who came in close proximity to him to get tested.
Qatar and UAE airlines have announced mandatory coronavirus tests for passengers from Pakistan three to four days before the scheduled departure. The mandatory pre-flight requirement for Qatar airways will take effect from Monday, July 13th. Passengers from Pakistan must show they were tested for COVID-19, 72 hours before their flight departure and present a negative result.
The Chief Minister of Punjab, Usman Buzdar has approved the construction of a “Dubai-like” modern city near Lahore. The new city in the north of Lahore, spread over more than 100,000 acres will be called Ravi Riverfront Project. It is anticipated that the private sector would invest about Rs5 trillion in the venture. However, final approval will come from Punjab Cabinet.
Child celebrity Ahmad Shah, has become the youngest Pakistani to have his own Gold and Silver play button, which you get when you have a million subscribers on YouTube. Ahmad, who is only five years old, gets views by the hundreds of thousands on his videos, with his most viewed video having over eight million views.
Poverty and hunger resulting from the novel coronavirus crisis can lead to more deaths than the disease itself, Oxfam warned. According to an Oxfam report, The Hunger Virus, Covid-19 is “deepening the hunger crisis in the world’s hunger hotspots” like Venezuela and South Sudan. Additionally, the health crisis is giving birth to new “epicentres of hunger” across the world.
Pakistan International Airline’s (PIA) recovery from its downward spiral since the revelation of dubious licences seems difficult, as the United States also revokes privileges. The US transport authority has revoked the permission granted to PIA to operate a number of special direct flights to the US. PIA spokesperson Abdullah Khan confirmed that the airline had been notified of the withdrawal via email.
Turkish actress Esra Bilgic has decided to turn off her comments for one of her snaps in a bikini, after having enough of moral policing by Pakistani trolls. Since the popularity of her show “Dirilis: Ertugrul”, Esra has repeatedly been trolled for her Western choice of clothes. Many viewers were not able to separate the star’s on-screen persona from her personal life.
For the 18th consecutive day, testing in Pakistan has registered a reduction after hitting a record-high on June 19, according to the data of the ministry of national health services regulation and coordination. The ministry, which provides daily statistics, noted that on July 7 Pakistan carried out 21,951 tests across the country, which is only 30% of its total testing