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Sindh, Balochistan respond differently to virus threat

Asia Times Of Pakistan's four provinces, Balochistan is most vulnerable to Covid-19 given its 900km border with Iran By  AYAZ KHAN MARCH 16, 2020 Balochistan. Image: iStock/Rainer Lesniewski The Covid-19 outbreak has rung alarm bells. The world is stuck in a whirlpool of new challenges posed by the epidemic. The World Health Organization has declared the Covid-19 outbreak a pandemic as it has engulfed more than 140 counties, including Iran and Pakistan.  Prudently, the governments of Sindh and Balochistan provinces in Pakistan have decided to close all private and government educational institutions. However, both governments have decided to extend the vacations for a month further since positive cases have been increasing, particularly in Sindh. Unfortunately, containing transmission of the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 is not the only problem. The pandemic is accompanied by a serious economic challenge too.  Iran has requested a US$5 billion bailout from the International Mone

Health emergency declared in Balochistan

ALI RAZA RIND CHAGAI: Balochistan government’s focal­person for coronavirus prevention Mir Umair Mohammad Hassani has said that a health emergency had been declared in the province to avoid the spread of novel coronavirus. In a statement issued here on Monday, he said all entry and exit points along borders with Iran and Afghanistan were closed immediately. He warned of action against those found involved in human trafficking along both the borders in Balochistan. Mr Hassani said that if illegal immigrants were found somewhere in a house or in buses legal action would be taken against the people concerned. Source: Dawn

10 new COVID-19 cases push Pakistan’s tally to 194 By  ​ our correspondents  Mar.17,2020 Varying stats paint a dismissal picture of coordination between the federal and provincial governments KARACHI / ISLAMABAD:  Provincial authorities on Tuesday confirmed 10 new cases of the novel coronavirus in Sindh and Punjab, pushing the country’s tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 194. Advisor to Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Information Murtaza Wahab announced the new cases through Twitter. Wahab said a total of 234 pilgrims were tested out of which 119 tested positive in Sukkur. In the rest of Sindh, 36 patients tested positive out of which 34 are under treatment while two have recovered. The lastest five patients recently returned from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In a news conference, Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid confirmed five new COVID-19 cases in the province. Overall, Sindh has 155 confirmed cases while Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has 15, Balochistan has 10, Islamabad four, Gilgit-Baltistan three, Punjab

Slowdown in China’s BRI investments seen to be short run

By Kris Crismundo    March 17, 2020, 6:38 pm Juwai IQI Chief Economist Shan Saeed MANILA  – China’s investments in countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) are expected to recover once the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic eases, an economist from property, technology, and investment advisory firm Juwai IQI said. Juwai IQI Chief Economist Shan Saeed told the Philippine News Agency in an e-mail that the slowdown in BRI investments is temporary, and Chinese investments will be on full swing once it is back apace in the global economy. “We can expect slowdown in BRI investment in the short run. However, we at Juwai IQI believe once coronavirus is tackled and handled carefully, China will go with full force to implement it at a much faster pace,” Saeed said. During the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing last year, a total of USD64 billion of business-to-business agreements alone were signed by BRI participating countries. “In