According to sources, a meeting on the coronavirus task force was held under the chairmanship of Punjab Health Minister Yasmin Rashid in which various suggestions regarding increasing the vaccination process were presented.
According to sources, the meeting proposed to impose several restrictions including banning non-vaccinated individuals from entering the shopping malls and hotels.
The proposal to block the mobile SIM cards of those who have not been vaccinated was also considered.
Dr Yasmin Rashid said that protection of people's health and lives is the top priority of the government while getting rid of the coronavirus is possible only through inoculation.
She said that all possible steps would be taken to control COVID-19 speed and the target of vaccination across the province would be met in all cases as per the NCOC guidelines.
Punjab Health Minister said that a target of daily vaccination has been set for each district in terms of population.
On the other hand, Punjab Chief Secretary said that paucities in the vaccination, targets would not be tolerated and the performance of the districts related to vaccination would be reviewed regularly.
The Chief Secretary directed to expedite the process of vaccination in the districts with low immunization and said that the officers of the districts which did not meet the targets would be grilled.
New island emerges near Balochistan’s Kund Malir beach
A new island have popped up near Sonmiani beach of Balochistan— discovered by the fishermen sailing along the coast on Thursday.
The technical advisor on marine fisheries at World Wild Fund (WWF), Muhammad Moazzam Khan said that the new island appeared in west off the coast of Sonmiani near Kund Malir.
“Such phenomena occurs due to geographical changes within the ocean depths,” he said adding that these kind of small islands emerge, remain in place for a while and then diminish back into the waters.
It is pertinent mention here that such Islands had earlier emerged at the same location in 2000 and 2010.
The first known emergence, during November 1945, was concurrent with an earthquake of magnitude 8.0.
The 2nd and 3rd emergences were in March 1999 and November 2010 respectively.
In 2013, an island emerged off Gwadar coast after a powerful 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck Pakistan. However, the island disappeared after some time.
Landsat images of March 1999 and November 2010 emergences indicate appearance of round-shaped island of 4.4 and 5.2 hectare area, followed by erosion and disappearance. The island was composed of mud breccias and circular vents spewing mud slurry and methane gas.
COVID-19: Pakistan reports 3,747 new cases, 61 deaths
Islamabad: Pakistan is presently experiencing the fourth wave of coronavirus which is said to be deadlier and more contagious than previous three waves.
According to National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), around 3,747 cases of coronavirus were reported while 61 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 26,175.
The total number of cases has reached 1,179,305.
As many as 1,060,881 patients have recovered from the disease with 5,606 critical cases.
The number of patients swelled to 401,373 in the province with 12,039 causalities.
The number of infections has surged to 437,311 in the province, while the death toll has reached 6,955.
The confirmed cases have surged to 164,732 in the province with 5,087 casualties.
There are 32,374 confirmed cases while 340 patients have died from the infection so far.
AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan
There are 32,718 coronavirus cases in the AJK while the death toll has reached 706. On the other hand, there are 10,039 cases in GB with 175 coronavirus deaths.
There are 100,758 cases in the capital city while 873 people have lost their lives.
Australia to cancel Afghan test if Taliban ban women's sports
Canberra: Cricket Australia Thursday issued an official notification, stating that they would cancel Test match against Afghanistan unless Taliban lift the reported ban on women’s sports.
On its official twitter handle, Cricket Australia said that it will not host Afghanistan planned Test match in Hobart starting November 27, if news reports of Taliban views on the women’s game were true.
"If recent media reports that women's cricket will not be supported in Afghanistan are substantiated, Cricket Australia would have no alternative but not to host Afghanistan for the proposed Test match due to be played in Hobart," said Cricket Australia in its statement.
An update on the proposed Test match against Afghanistan ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/p2q5LOJMlw— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) September 9, 2021
The Taliban, banned sports for women in the country saying, they don't think women will be allowed to play cricket as it’s not necessary for them to participate.
According to SBS, Ahmadullah Wasiq, deputy head of the Taliban's cultural commission said, “In cricket, women might face a situation where their face and body will not be covered”.
“Islam does not allow women to be seen like this," he stressed.
Meanwhile, players from Afghanistan women’s soccer team are among dozens of athletes who were given visas to live in Australia and have been undergoing quarantine amid coronavirus pandemic.
However, it is a move that could cost Afghanistan its status as a Test-playing nation.
Afghanistan has a national women's cricket team — but its status has been thrown into question along with every other woman in the country after the Taliban ousted the U.S.-backed government.
In August, Taliban allowed men’s cricket to continue and gave approval for the men’s national team to travel to Australia for a test match in November.
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