Pakistan is trying to add beds, ventilators quickly


Islamabad-Pakistan authorities are competing with time to add beds and ventilators to hospitals amid a surge in deaths and coronavirus infections.

According to Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad, authorities have begun summoning troops to prevent people from violating the rules of social distance.

Pakistan says it will be forced to impose a national blockade if the situation at COVID-19 does not improve this week.

Pakistan reported 70 deaths and 4,825 cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours on Monday.

The day after Pakistan closed a school in a high-risk area, it refused to postpone the exam, ignoring student protests.

Pakistan has reported 17,187 deaths from COVID-19 out of 800,452 cases since last year.

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What else is happening:

The Hague, The Netherlands — The Netherlands has banned passenger flights from India, where coronavirus infections are skyrocketing to record levels.

The government states that the ban will come into effect on Monday night and will initially last until May 1. Flights carrying cargo and medical staff are exempt.

About 7 flights a week arrive from India to the Netherlands.

India, supported by new variants, sets a daily global record for new coronavirus infections.

In the Netherlands, flights from South Africa and South American countries are already banned.

The Netherlands has also pledged € 1 million ($ 1.2 million) to help India tackle the outbreak.

“It’s painful to see the impact of Corona in India,” said Sigrid Kerg, Minister of State for Development Cooperation.

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Tokyo — Japan will strengthen border control at airports after health officials say 21 cases of new double-mutant Indian mutant experts may be more contagious.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said on Monday that all but one of the 21 atypical cases were detected upon arrival at a Japanese airport.

This variant has two mutations in the pointed protein that the virus uses to lock into cells. India is experiencing the worst surge in virus cases in the world. Experts fear that it could exacerbate Japan’s ongoing surge, fueled by another variant previously detected in the UK.

Japan launched emergency measures on Sunday in Tokyo, Osaka, and two neighboring prefectures, closing non-essential businesses such as bars, karaoke, department stores, theaters, and museums, and staying at home until May 11th. Mandatory precautionary measures.

Japan’s third emergency, three months before the opening of the Olympic Games in July, raises the question of whether or how the country can safely hold events.

Mr Kato said Japan will collect and analyze data on variants to strengthen border control and prevent further spread of the infection.

According to the Ministry of Health, Japan has increased by more than 5,400 from the previous day, killing 562,141 and 9,913 on Friday.

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Bangkok — The cinema, park and gym were in a closed location in Bangkok on Monday as Thailand is seeing the worst surge in coronavirus pandemics.

Due to the lack of hospital beds and the failure to secure the proper supply of coronavirus vaccine, the government imposed new restrictions, but there were no national blockades, curfew, or travel bans. Healthcare workers say the measures are not enough to bail out overloaded hospitals.

Thai health officials announced 2,048 new cases and 8 deaths on Monday, resulting in a total of 57,508 cases and 148 deaths. In the Thai capital, infections have been increasing rapidly since early April.

The latest step in controlling the spread of the virus is a fine of up to THB 20,000 ($ 636) if you don’t wear a face mask in indoor and outdoor areas of 48 states, including Bangkok.

Starting Monday, 31 venues in the capital, including cinemas, parks and gymnasiums, have been closed for two weeks, banning more than 20 people. Shopping malls and department stores may have limited business hours.

Thailand also bans visitors from India, except for its own citizens. The ban will come into effect on May 1.

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Perth, Australia — Perth, a city on the west coast of Australia, will lift the blockade for three days after no new COVID-19 infection was detected on Monday.

A blockade of 2 million cities was called on Friday after a man who returned to Australia from a wedding in India infected two people in Perth last week.

Western Australia’s Prime Minister Mark Magawan said Monday that the four-day limit would be lifted at midnight.

“I wish I didn’t have to go into the blockade, but it was and worked. The virus is very unpredictable,” McGowan said.

Night clubs and casinos in the city remain closed, and customers must sit in pubs, cafes and restaurants for four days.

Western Australia is Australia’s most successful region in preventing the spread of the coronavirus and imposes the strictest border restrictions on states that have experienced clusters.

Last week’s case of community infection in Perth was the first in more than a year in Western Australia.

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Hong Kong — Hong Kong and Singapore will launch an air travel bubble in May, months after the initial arrangement to allow tourists to fly between the two cities without providing quarantine was postponed on Monday. Announced.

The flight will start on May 26th. Visitors do not have to go through the quarantine as long as they meet the conditions for traveling within the air travel bubble.

Hong Kong and Singapore had previously announced the start of an air travel bubble last November, but shelved plans a few days before Hong Kong saw a surge in COVID-19 infections. ..

The air travel bubble occurs when both Singapore and Hong Kong are trying to boost tourism in a pandemic where different countries are closing their borders and reducing air travel.

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Washington-President Joe Biden says the United States is determined to support India as it tackles the surge in coronavirus cases.

“Because of the tension in the hospital early in the pandemic, we are determined to help India when needed, just as India sent support to the United States,” Biden said in a tweet on Sunday.

The president did not provide details in a short message. However, early Sunday, the White House said the United States was “working 24 hours a day” and is immediately rolling out India’s drug treatment and rapid diagnostic COVID-19 test kit. Ventilators and personal protective equipment have also emerged, and the United States is also trying to provide oxygen.

The White House says it plans to identify and make available sources of raw materials that are urgently needed to manufacture the Covishield vaccine in India. The United States will also pay to expand the production capacity of Indian vaccine manufacturer BioE, which will be able to produce at least one billion COVID-19 vaccines by the end of 2022.

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Juneau, Alaska-Alaska Airlines has banned its flight, alleging that Alaska Senator refused to comply with Mask’s requirements.

An airline spokesman said the eagle river state senator Lola Reinbolt had been notified and the suspension was immediately effective.

Rheinbolt told Anchorage Daily News that he had not been notified of the ban and hopes to fly on Alaska Airlines in the near future.

Reinbold was recorded at Juneau International Airport last week and appears to be discussing mask policies with airport and Alaska Airlines staff. Reinbold told the newspaper that he was asking about “the exemption of masks by tense employees at the counter.” She said it was reasonable for all employees.

Alaska Airlines has banned more than 500 people.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka-The Sri Lankan government has banned all private events, including meetings and parties, on Sunday and has suspended all state events for the next two weeks due to the steady increase in COVID-19 cases. ..

“All state festivals scheduled for the next two weeks have been cancelled,” the Cheong Wa Dae statement said. “The government bans all private sector functions, meetings and parties under quarantine regulations.” Was decided. “

In Sri Lanka, the number of positive cases has tripled in the last two days. In the weeks, the number of cases fell below 300 and rose to 895 on Sunday.

Sri Lanka has confirmed more than 100,000 cases.

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