Here are SAMAA TV’s headlines from the 12pm bulletin.
The federal government has warned that it will seal markets where people are not following the coronavirus SOPs. Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Political Communication Dr Shahbaz Gill says special teams will be formed in every province to ensure the public practices social distancing. Those found violating the SOPs will be fined.
The number of coronavirus cases continue to spike in Pakistan. In the last 24 hours, more than 4,600 infections were reported. So far, nearly 83,000 known COVID-19 cases have been confirmed and 1,727 patients have died.
Another doctor has died of the novel coronavirus. Dr Hafeez Maqsood, who was an associate professor at Services Hospital, is the most recent COVID-19 fatality. The 55-year-old doctor had been put on the ventilator.
Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah spoke to the media outside the NAB office in Rawalpindi. He said the coronavirus outbreak is more severe in Islamabad than Karachi.
Pakistanis are unable to benefit from the reduced petrol prices in the country. Most petrol stations in major cities have reportedly run of petrol.
Power is yet to be restored in many areas of Karachi since last night’s dust storm. It has been 15 hours since the electricity went out in Gulshan-e-Maymar. The K-Electric spokesperson, however, says that the power has been restored in all areas except those where electricity theft is common.
Four people were killed and three injured in the Karachi dust storm. Rain was also reported in some areas. Karachi is expected to witness warm weather and another round of wind has been forecast in the city this evening. Thirty-five buffalo farms in Surjani Town caught fire during the storm, killing dozens of cattle.
Prime Minister Imran Khan, army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and federal cabinet members visited the ISI headquarters in Islamabad. They were briefed on national security matters. The PM also lauded the ISI’s efforts and sacrifices in keeping the country safe.
The Economic Coordination Committee has approved firing all employees of the Pakistan Steel Mills. There are 9,350 employees who will be fired within a month and another 250 will be let go within three months. The ECC also okayed an Rs18 billion package for the employees, which amounts to Rs2.3 million per person.
Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar has written a letter to the UK Parliament, asking them to take notice of the atrocities being committed by Indian armed forces against Muslims in Indian-administered Kashmir.
A curfew has been imposed in 40 US states due to protests against the killing of George Floyd. Around 1,600 US soldiers have been deployed in Washington DC. Many celebrities have joined the protests as well.