Here are the headlines from SAMAA TV’s 3pm bulletin.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has called a meeting of the National Coordination Committee to discuss the extension in coronavirus lockdown on May 31. Senior government officials, officials from the National Disaster Management Authority and military leadership will attend it.
Gyms and other fitness facilities across Sindh have reopened. Every person entering the facility will be screen at the door for the virus and will have to wear a mask.
The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority has sent a summary to the Petroleum Ministry, proposing a Rs7.6 per litre cut in petrol prices for June.
Around 60 doctors in Faisalabad have contracted COVID-19, according to the Young Doctors Association. PTI leader Malik Karamat Khokhar and Sindh Al-Khidmat Foundation President Dr Tabassum Jaffery have also tested positive for the virus. A woman doctor has died in Lahore after contracting the virus reportedly.
The Lahore Private Schools Association has demanded the government allow them to reopen schools from June 1. They say more than 75 million students are being deprived of education and the livelihood of around 1.5 million teachers is hanging by a thread due to the suspension of schools’ operations.
The Sindh government has ordered educational boards to reopen their offices.
The novel virus has claimed 1,223 more lives in the US. Brazil is also struggling to contain the virus. Nearly six million have been infected with it, while more than 3.6 million patients have died worldwide.
Locusts have wreaked havoc across Balochistan, destroying crops in 31 of its districts. Information Minister Shibli Faraz has warned that more swarms will arrive in Pakistan from South Africa in July.
The Sindh High Court has ordered the provincial government to submit a report on June 11 on the steps it has taken so far to curb locust invasions.
The Met Office has predicted heavy rainfall across the country in the coming week. Farmers, especially those growing rice and cotton, have been advised to take precautionary measures.
An 11-member French investigation team is at the site of the PK-8303 crash in Karachi. The Pakistani aircraft investigation experts are with them. The French team will take the voice box recovered from the wreckage back to Paris with them.
The Sindh High Court has denied issuing notice to the government in the PIA plane crash crash, saying it is not necessary until the cause of the crash is ascertained. The court also dismissed a petition for grounding all PIA planes.
PM Khan and Information Minister Shibli Faraz held a meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office to discuss the current national situation.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has accused India of sabotaging regional peace by continuous acts of aggression.
Minnesota, a US state, has entered the fourth day of unrest in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death. Floyd was killed by a city cop.
An Islamabad accountability court has issued arrest warrant of former PM Nawaz Sharif in the Toshakhana case. The court approved former president Asif Ali Zardari’s plea for exemption from today’s hearing.
Federal Minister Ali Zaidi has appealed to the public to follow SOPs to stem the coronavirus outbreak.