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As ‘Omicron’ variant spreads, 13 new cases detected in Netherlands 

Omicron—dubbed a "variant of concern" by the World Health Organization, has been detected in 13 people who arrived in the Dutch capital Amsterdam on two flights from South Africa. 

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As ‘Omicron’ variant spreads, 13 new cases detected in Netherlands 
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Amsterdam: The Omicron coronavirus variant kept spreading around the world as 13 new cases emerged in the Netherlands even after more countries imposed travel restriction to try to seal themselves off. 

Omicron—dubbed a "variant of concern" by the World Health Organization, has been detected in 13 people who arrived in the Dutch capital Amsterdam on two flights from South Africa. 

They were among 61 passengers who tested positive for COVID-19 on the two flights, which carried about 600 people. 

Those who tested positive are being kept in isolation at a hotel near the airport.

The new variant of COVID was identified days ago by researchers in South Africa, and much is still not known about it, including whether it is more contagious, more likely to cause serious illness or more able to evade the protection of vaccines. 

Cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in countries on opposite sides of the world Sunday.

Dutch Health Minister Hugo de Jonge made an “urgent request” for people who have returned from southern Africa to get tested for Covid “as soon as possible”.

“It is not unthinkable that there are more cases in the Netherlands,” he told reporters.

Moreover, cases of the heavily mutated variant have now been reported in a number of countries around the world, including several in Europe, such as the UK, Germany and Italy. 

The discovery of Omicron has sparked worries around the world that it could resist vaccinations and prolong the nearly two-year COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

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Pakistan

PM's use of religion as 'cover-up' for economic, governance breakdown a matter of concern: Shehbaz

The PML-N leader's criticism came hours after an article written by the premier titled 'Spirit of Riyasat-i-Madina: Transforming Pakistan'

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PM's use of religion as 'cover-up' for economic, governance breakdown a matter of concern: Shehbaz

PML-N president and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif Monday said he was "really concerned" with the way Prime Minister Imran Khan was "using religion as a cover-up for the massive governance and economic breakdown" in the country, which he attributed to the latter's policies.

"Such a self-serving approach will wreak greater damage upon the polity than is being understood," he said on Twitter.

Shehbaz's criticism came hours after an article penned by the premier titled 'Spirit of Riyasat-i-Madina: Transforming Pakistan' was published in which he talked about the five basic tenets of Islam and how, in order for the country to realise its potential, society will have to struggle to embody these principles as a nation.

 

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No substitute for selfless leadership of Imran Khan: Usman Buzdar

Pakistan has got truthful and honest leader

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No substitute for selfless leadership of Imran Khan: Usman Buzdar

Lahore: Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar on Monday has said that lamp of negative politics of opposition has gone out, there is no substitute for the selfless leadership of Imran Khan.

In a statement, Usman Buzdar has said that opposition leaders have become restless due to from power. “In Shaa Allah this restlessness will continue even after 2023. They do criticism just for the sake of criticism for improving their political impression,” he added.

He said that the people who polluted politics with corruption their place is jail. The chief minister said that there is not any substitute of selfless leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan. Pakistan has got truthful and honest leader. We performed those tasks in 42 months which previous governments could not perform in years.

"Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has done great work in three and a half years which the previous governments could not do in decades", Usman Buzdar concluded.

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Twitter expands feature that allows users to flag misleading content

The feature was first tested in the United States, Australia and South Korea

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Twitter expands feature that allows users to flag misleading  content

Twitter said on Monday it will expand its test feature which allows users to flag misleading content on its social media platform to Brazil, Spain and the Philippines.

The company had introduced the pilot test of the feature in August last year, as a part of its effort to reduce misinformation on its platform.

It was first tested in the United States, Australia and South Korea.

Since it was first announced, Twitter said it has received around 3 million reports from users who have used it to flag tweets which they believe are in violation of its policies.

The social media giant last year launched another program called Birdwatch, which lets participants write notes and provide additional context to misleading tweets, though those notes are held on a separate website.

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