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Headlines 9am: Lockdown expected in COVID-19 hotspots, earthquake in Turkey

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SAMAA | - Posted: Jun 15, 2020 | Last Updated: 1 year ago
Posted: Jun 15, 2020 | Last Updated: 1 year ago

Here are the headlines from SAMAA TV’s 9am bulletin.

  • Federal Planning Minister Asad Umar says the number of coronavirus cases could double by the end of June if the virus continues to spread at its current speed. He says the number of cases could reach 1.2 million by the end of July and that the government might impose a lockdown in the virus hot spots.
  • The Sindh government has yet to decide on setting up a cattle market along the Superhighway in Karachi. Education Minister Saeed Ghani has hinted that the government might allow it with coronavirus SOPs.
  • Karachi will be experiencing hot weather in the next few days, according a Pakistan Meteorological Department forecast. Temperatures are likely to soar to 40 degrees Centigrade on Monday, according to director Sardar Sarfraz. He called it ‘heatwave-like’ weather.
  • A video has been making the rounds on social media of a man’s body being transported on a donkey cart. The video claimed the man died due to lack of doctors at a hospital in Shikarpur. His family was not even given an ambulance to transport the body.
  • The Punjab government will present its budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year today, which is expected to offer tax relief to 23 sectors due to the coronavirus lockdown. Like the federal budget, the Punjab budget will also not increase the salaries of government employees. The education and health sectors are likely to get a good portion of the budget. It will also allow residents to pay their property tax in two installments.
  • Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said people of Azad Kashmir will soon wish that they were part of India after seeing the development in Indian-administered Kashmir under Narendra Modi’s leadership.
  • Foreign Minister Shah Mamood Qureshi has asked the Indian defence minister to come to Azad Kashmir and let Prime Minister Imran Khan travel to Sri Nagar to see who is more accepted by the people. The Foreign Office says India is trying to divert people’s attention from its atrocities against Kashmiri Muslims.
  • The last of six special flights operated from the US to Pakistan has taken off from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.
  • A 5.7-magnitude earthquake has jolted Turkey’s Bingol province, killing one and injuring 18 people. A military observation tower also collapsed.

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