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Covid-19 haunts the world with a new variant

Geneva: World Health Organization’s (WHO) monitoring unit revealed that a new “Mu” variant is under scrutiny.

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The health monitoring organization reported that ‘Mu’ was first identified in January 2021, since then WHO has kept it under strict check.

On Tuesday, The Global Health Bulletin reported, “Mu, known scientifically as B.1.621, has been indexed as a variant of interest”.

This new variant has penchant for mutation that shows its capacity to escape immunity and resist vaccine.

Global rate of Covid-19 has plummeted to 0.1 percent.

Besides “Mu”, there are four other variants of deadly coronavirus that are still being monitored.

Meanwhile, South African scientists are probing beta variant of Covid-19 that whether it is contagious or not.

Beta variant, scientifically known as C.1.2 was reported in May and has spread in many provinces of South Africa.

Scientists are in oblivion on its effect on virus’ behavior.

The vaccination drive in country started with a slow pace, and it has, hitherto, vaccinated just 14 percent of its adult population. 

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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.

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COVID-19: Pakistan reports 3,747 new cases, 61 deaths

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.

Punjab                     

The number of patients swelled to 401,373 in the province with 12,039 causalities.

Sindh

The number of infections has surged to 437,311 in the province, while the death toll has reached 6,955.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The confirmed cases have surged to 164,732 in the province with 5,087 casualties.

Balochistan

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.

Islamabad

There are 100,758 cases in the capital city while 873 people have lost their lives.

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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.

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Australia to renounce Afghan test if Taliban ban 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.

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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Pakistan records dip in daily new COVID-19 cases

Islamabad: Pakistan has reported 2,928 new coronavirus cases in last 24 hours, the lowest spike in daily new infections in nearly a week.

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Pakistan records dip in daily new COVID-19 cases

Pakistan is presently experiencing the fourth wave of coronavirus which is said to be deadlier and more contagious than previous three COVID waves.

According to National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), around 2,928 cases of coronavirus were reported while 68 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 27,072.

The total number of cases has reached 1,218,749.

As many as 1,125,952 patients have recovered from the disease with 4,960 critical cases.

Punjab              

The number of patients swelled to 419,423 in the province with 12,345 causalities.

Sindh

The number of infections has surged to 448,658 in the province, while the death toll has reached 7,224.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The confirmed cases have surged to 170,391 in the province with 5,354 casualties.

Balochistan

There are 32,707 confirmed cases while 344 patients have died from the infection so far.

AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan

There are 33,628 coronavirus cases in the AJK while the death toll has reached 728. On the other hand, there are 10,222 cases in GB with 182 coronavirus deaths.

Islamabad

There are 103,720 cases in the capital city while 895 people have lost their lives.

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