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India confirms its first monkeypox death

India confirmed its first monkeypox death—the fourth known fatality from the disease in the current outbreak. 

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Kochi: India confirmed its first monkeypox death in the southern state of Kerala, a state government minister confirmed on Monday. 

The death in India is also the first in Asia. Last week, Spain reported two monkeypox-related deaths and Brazil it’s first. 

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a global health emergency on July 23.

The 22-year-old Indian man died on Saturday, Kerala's revenue minister told reporters, adding that the government had isolated 21 people who had come in contact with him.

"The person reached Kerala on July 21 but visited a hospital only on July 26 when he displayed fatigue and fever," Minister K. Rajan said, adding that there was no reason to panic as none of the primary contacts were showing symptoms.

Kerala's health minister, Veena George, told reporters on Sunday that the man's family told authorities the previous day that he had tested positive in the United Arab Emirates before returning to India.

India's federal health ministry had no comment on the death, except for saying that the government had formed a task force of senior officials to monitor monkeypox cases in the country, where local media have reported at least five infections.

The WHO said late last month 78 countries had reported more than 18,000 cases of monkeypox, the majority in Europe.

It says the monkeypox virus causes a disease with less severe symptoms than smallpox and occurs mainly in central and west Africa. The disease is transmitted from animals to humans.

Human-to-human transmission happens through contact with bodily fluids, lesions on the skin or on internal mucosal surfaces, such as in the mouth or throat, respiratory droplets and contaminated objects.

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NDMA provides relief items to flood-hit areas of Balochistan

The NDMA also provided 117 dewatering pumps for drainage of accumulated rain and floodwater from the localities.

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Islamabad: The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) on Thursday continued to provide relief items to flood affected areas of the country especially Balochistan.

The NDMA ensured emergency assistance to the flood victims including ration and other necessary equipment, a news release said.

The relief equipment provided by the Authority included provision of ration packs for over 40,000 people, tents, mosquito nets, and blankets for the accommodation of 60,000 victims, it said.

The NDMA also provided 117 dewatering pumps for drainage of accumulated rain and floodwater from the localities.

However, during the emergency aid dispatch most of the aid was given to the affected areas of Balochistan.

Moreover, 60,000 liters of drinking water was also provided to flood victims in Balochistan alongwith other aid items including kitchen sets, hygiene kits and chemical spray machines.

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PM stresses for further strengthening of trade ties between Pak-Italy   

The Prime Minister termed Italy a close friend of Pakistan and a reliable partner, both bilaterally and in the EU context.

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Islamabad: Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has stressed the need to further harness the existing potential to enhance trade and investment relations between Pakistan and Italy.

Talking to Ambassador of Italy in Pakistan Andreas Ferrarese in Islamabad, the Prime Minister termed Italy a close friend of Pakistan and a reliable partner, both bilaterally and in the EU context.

The Prime Minister further observed that Pakistan-Italy relations are marked by growing bilateral cooperation as well as commonality of views on a whole range of regional and global issues.

He highlighted the immense cooperation that Pakistan continued to extend to the international community in the wake of the situation in Afghanistan, particularly since August last year.

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Non-Muslim citizens integral part of our national fabric: PM

Pakistan is a pluralistic society in which all are equal citizens of the state.

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Non-Muslim citizens integral part of our national fabric: PM

Islamabad: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif Thursday said that non-Muslim citizens are an integral part of our national fabric.

On his official Twitter handle, the premier, on the occasion of National Day of Minorities, said today we celebrate their valuable contributions and thank them for their service to the country.

The Prime Minister said our founding fathers envisaged Pakistan as a pluralistic society in which all are equal citizens of the state.

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