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Australian border to reopen for first time since outbreak of pandemic

Australia will reopen its international border from November, giving long-awaited freedoms to vaccinated citizens and their relatives.

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Since March 2020, Australia has had some of the world's strictest border rules - even banning its own people from leaving the country.

The policy has been praised for helping to suppress Covid, but it has also controversially separated families.

"It's time to give Australians their lives back," PM Scott Morrison said.

People would be eligible to travel when their state's vaccination rate hit 80%, Mr Morrison told a press briefing on Friday.

Travel would not immediately be open to foreigners, but the government said it was working "towards welcoming tourists back to our shores".

At present, people can leave Australia - which has recorded more than 107,000 cases of Covid-19 and just over 1,300 deaths - only for exceptional reasons such as essential work or visiting a dying relative.

Entry is permitted for citizens and others with exemptions, but there are tight caps on arrival numbers. This has left tens of thousands stranded overseas.

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23 killed after bus plunges into river

Twenty three people drowned when a bus travelling to a wedding in central Kenya was swept off a bridge into a flooded river.

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Nairobi: In an unfortunate incident, at least 23 people were killed after a bus travelling to a wedding plunged into the Enziu River in the eastern Kitui town.

Twenty three people drowned when a bus travelling to a wedding in central Kenya was swept off a bridge into a flooded river.

Reportedly, 12 people had been rescued, including four children. It remains unclear how many passengers were aboard the bus.

Reports added that all the passengers, were choir members of Mwingi Catholic Church and had been travelling for their male colleague’s wedding when the accident occurred in Kitui County. 

Reports further added that the driver was trying to cross fast-flowing waters passing over the bridge but the force was too strong, sweeping the bus beneath the churning currents. 

“We have this terrible, terrible accident that happened here this morning,” Kitui governor Charity Ngilu told reporters on Saturday. 

“The bodies that have already been retrieved right now are over 23. We have more bodies in the bus,” she said, adding efforts to recover the corpses would resume on Sunday morning.  

Officials, however, have started an investigation into the incident.

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Pakistan reports 10 deaths as ongoing impact of COVID-19 weakens  

Around 336 fresh coronavirus cases emerged while 10 people succumbed to the disease in last 24 hours amid 'Omicron' threat.

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Islamabad:  Amid a steady decline in Covid-19 infections, Pakistan's coronavirus positivity ratio further fell to 0.78%, the total death toll reached to 28,777. 

Around 336 fresh coronavirus cases emerged while 10 people succumbed to the disease in last 24 hours amid 'Omicron' threat.

Pakistan’s government will step up COVID-19 vaccination efforts and is expanding the criteria for vaccine booster shots, amid fears of the Omicron variant.

According to the latest figures issued by the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), 336 persons were tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. 

The total number of cases has reached 1,287,161. 

As many as 1,246,464 patients have recovered from the disease.

Punjab

The number of patients swelled to 443,519 in the province with 13,041 causalities.

Sindh

The number of infections has surged to 476,830 in the province, while the death toll has reached 7,626.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The confirmed cases have surged to 180,383 in the province with 5,862 casualties.

Balochistan

There are 33,507 confirmed cases while 360 patients have died from the infection so far.

AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan

There are 34,579 coronavirus cases in the AJK while the death toll has reached 742. On the other hand, there are 10,413 cases in GB with 186 coronavirus deaths.

Islamabad

There are 107,930 cases in the capital city while 960 people have lost their lives.

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Jhang Assistant Commissioner shot dead by relatives

Assistant Commissioner (AC) Jhang Imran Jaffer has been shot dead by his cousins on Sunday in area of ​​Chiniot district, GNN reported.    

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Jhang: In a tragic incident, Assistant Commissioner (AC) Jhang Imran Jaffer has been shot dead by his cousins on Sunday in area of ​​Chiniot district, GNN reported.    

Reports quoting sources said that the slain assistant commissioner had gone to his native village and got himself in a heated argument with his paternal cousins.  

Angry relatives abruptly opened fire on him—killing him on the spot.

Imran Jaffer had been posted as AC Jhang a few months back. 

Reportedly, the dispute started when Imran’s relatives, verbally abused. His relatives opened fire in a fit of rage. The suspects, then, fled the scene immediately.

Chiniot police rushed to the spot after getting information and shifted the deceased to THQ Bhavana.

Police, however, have started an investigation into the incident and the area has been cordoned off. 

IG Punjab Rao Sardar Ali Khan took notice of the murder of Assistant Commissioner Jhang Imran Jaffer in his native village.

IG Punjab has sought report of the incident from RPO Faisalabad.

Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Bazdar expressed grief over the death of Assistant Commissioner and directed the concerned authorities to submit a report as soon as possible. 

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