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Death toll of COVID-19 crosses 2,000 mark with 98,943 confirmed cases in Pakistan

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The death toll of COVID-19 has risen to 2,002 with 98,943 confirmed cases in Pakistan, according to data updated by the country’s health ministry Sunday morning.

A total of 4,960 new cases and 67 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, the ministry said.

Overall, 63,476 patients are under treatment in different hospitals while 33,465 people have recovered completely, which is 33.8 percent of the total confirmed cases.

The country’s eastern Punjab province is the most affected region with 37,090 cases followed by southern Sindh province with 36,364 cases.

The northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province reported 13,001 cases, with 561 deaths. At least 6,221 cases have been reported in southwest Balochistan province, 4,979 in the capital city Islamabad, and 927 in north Gilgit-Baltistan region.

Punjab recorded 683 deaths so far followed by Sindh where 634 infected people have lost their lives, the statistics said, adding that Pakistan has conducted 23,100 tests during the last 24 hours officially.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan urged on Saturday the people to follow the standard operating procedures formed by the government against COVID-19.

(XINHUA)

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Cambodia confirms 1 more imported COVID-19 case, 126 in total

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Cambodia’s Ministry of Health (MoH) announced on Sunday that one more person was tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of the confirmed cases in the kingdom to 126.

The new patient is a 30-year-old French-Cambodian man, who returned to the capital city Phnom Penh on May 24 from France, with a connecting flight in South Korea, the MoH said in a statement.

Upon his arrival, the man had been tested negative for the virus and then, he had gone into a 14-day self-quarantine at home, the statement added.

Doctors took his samples for the second test at the Pasteur Institute of Cambodia on the 13th day of the self-quarantine period, and the result showed on June 6 was positive, MoH’s secretary of state and spokeswoman Or Vandine said.

Currently, the man is undergoing treatment at an isolation ward in the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital, she added.

Vandine said the country has so far recorded a total of 126 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 123 patients cured and three remained in hospital.

(XINHUA)

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One more coronavirus death, fewer new cases confirmed in Spain

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The Spanish Health Ministry on Saturday confirmed one more death from COVID-19 and fewer new cases.

A total of 27,135 deaths from COVID-19 has been reported so far, said the ministry, adding that 67 deaths have been recorded over the past seven days.

Fewer people tested positive for COVID-19, said the ministry, which reported 164 new infections, down from 177 the previous day, taking the national tally to 241,310.

More than half of the new cases, or 86 out of the 164 cases, were reported from areas in and around Madrid while 12 of Spain’s 17 Autonomous Communities registered fewer than 10 cases each.

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Bayern Munich crush Bayer Leverkusen to stay firmly on title course

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Bayern Munich came from a goal down to ease past hosts Bayer Leverkusen 4-2 on Saturday and remain firmly on course to retain the Bundesliga title with four games remaining.

The Bavarians are within touching distance of their eighth consecutive league crown and have also set a league record with 90 goals after 30 match days.

Bayer Leverkusen’s 17-year-old Florian Wirtz stole some of the spotlight at the end, becoming the youngest Bundesliga scorer when he netted in the 89th minute.

Lucas Alario fired the hosts into the lead after 10 minutes as Bayer Leverkusen, without the injured Kai Havertz, scored with the first chance of the game.

But Bayern Munich recovered from the early shock.

Kingsley Coman curled in the equaliser in the 28th minute before the visitors struck twice in three minutes to turn the game around.

Leon Goretzka completed a sensational passing move in the 42nd minute and Serge Gnabry chipped the ball over goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky on the stroke of halftime.

Bundesliga top goalscorer Robert Lewandowski headed in Thomas Mueller’s 20th assist of the season.

Lewandowski took his tally to 30 league goals but is still 10 shy of the all-time league record of 40 set by Gerd Mueller in 1971-1972.

Both he and Mueller were booked and will have to sit out their next game against Borussia Moenchengladbach.

“We needed a bit of time to get into the game and the goal was a wake-up call for us,” said Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick, whose team has won 23 of the 26 matches since he took over earlier this season.

“The way we came back from a goal down shows the attitude and mentality of the team.”

It was Bayern Munich’s ninth straight win, but there was also some cheer for Bayer Leverkusen in spite of their setback in the race for a UEFA Champions League spot.

German youth international Wirtz made a name for himself with a superb 89th minute strike past goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

It made him the youngest Bundesliga scorer at 17 years and 34 days.

Borussia Dortmund’s 1-0 win over Hertha Berlin later means Bayern Munich lead the table from Borussia Dortmund by seven points.

RB Leipzig are third, 11 points behind, after conceding a last-gasp equaliser in their 1-1 draw with bottom club Paderborn.

Bayer Leverkusen stayed fifth.

In other matches, Mainz beat hosts Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0 while Dusseldorf drew 2-2 with visiting Hoffenheim.
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North Macedonia’s minister urges media to end unconfirmed reports on COVID-19

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North Macedonia’s Health Minister Venko Filipce on Saturday urged media outlets to end unconfirmed reports on COVID-19 situation in the country.

Via a Facebook message, Filipce said that many media outlets had published reports containing unofficial and inaccurate information related to the number of the new coronavirus cases in the country.

“For 100 days, we have been informing the public in a precise and transparent manner, revealing all details about new COVID-19 cases in order to provide the media with accurate information,” Filipce wrote.

He called on the media to stop preparing reports with speculation and unverified information on the number of infections in the country, adding that these reports led the public to lose trust in institutions.

North Macedonia has seen an increase in the number of new coronavirus cases recently as a result of failure to comply with the measures on gatherings, Filipce said in a press conference on Friday.

On Saturday, the health ministry reported 125 new coronavirus cases over the last 24 hours, increasing the total number of confirmed cases to 2,917, with 1,640 recoveries and 151 fatalities.

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Somalia confirms 85 new COVID-19 cases as tally hits 2,289

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Somali health ministry on Saturday confirmed 85 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of infections to 2,089.

Fawziya Abikar, the health minister, said 13 patients recovered from the respiratory disease in the last 48 hours, bringing the total number of people who have been discharged from hospitals to 431.

The minister said three people succumbed to the disease, bringing the total number of fatalities to 82.

Abikar said 58 of the latest cases are male while 27 others are female.

The Horn of African nation has instituted measures to contain the possible spread of COVID-19, including closing schools, banning large gatherings and suspending international and domestic passenger flights.

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Firm unveils smoother, quicker painting product

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A leading paint manufacturing company in Nigeria says, it has unveiled a premium painting solution ‘Berger Swift Painting’ (BSP) to tackle incidences of prolonged painting and dusty environment.

Mr Anjan Sircar, Berger Paints Nigeria Plc (BPN), Managing Director, said in a statement on Saturday in Lagos, that the product was introduced to tackle incidence of imperfect painting inherent in the country.

Sircar said BSP was introduced to deliver quicker, neater and smoother painting in the most efficient and effective way with the use of mechanised and advanced tools.

He said the new service was borne out of the company’s ingenuity and constant quest for innovative products and services.

Sircar noted that the company had always been on the forefront of trail brazing in products and service delivery.

Berger Swift Painting is a new concept in the Nigerian Painting Industry.

“The concept is expected to revolutionise the Industry in Nigeria. Berger Paints Nigeria Plc is the first paint company to offer this novel service in Nigeria.

The new service will completely change the process of painting in the country.

“It will ultimately make project execution quicker, neater and smoother.

“You don’t have to worry about paint spillage or dusts on the furniture, there is on-site support to help move and cover your furniture to ensure your space remain neat.

Berger Swift Painters are well trained, well kitted and safety conscious.

“They follow all hygiene protocols to ensure safety of lives and properties.

“This is more apt at this period of Covid- 19 Pandemic.
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painters will properly sanitise their hands and use appropriate nose masks.

“Apart from havoc posed by fake products in the Nigerian Paint Industry, prolonged duration of painting, dusty environment while painting and poor finishing are other challenges faced by customers.

The introduction of Berger Swift Painting Service will solve all these militating challenges by delivering quicker, neater and smoother painting.

“The new service from BPN’s stable is expected to bring Nigeria at par with the Western World in the area of quality service delivery,” he said.

He said the company which commenced operation in Nigeria on the 9th January 1959 has grown to be a leader in the voating and allied Industry in Nigeria.

According to him, it has over the years built a reputation as the first in setting standards in the paint industry in Nigeria.

“It has pioneered a wide range of specialty products that are much sought after in this dynamic and ever-changing market,” he said


Edited By: Angela Okisor/Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)

 

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Firm launches ‘plastic responsibly’ initiative in Nigeria

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A strategic communications firm, CMC Connect (Perception Managers), on Saturday said it had launched an initiative called ‘Plastic Responsibly’ to educate Nigerians on the dangers of littering plastics in the environment.

Sunkanmi Ogunniyi, Associate Group Head, CMC Connect (Perception Managers), made this known in a statement made available to newsmen in Lagos.

He said the initiative was aimed at educating Nigerians on the dangers of irresponsible plastic disposal in the community.

“The initiative focuses on driving attitudinal change by causing plastic lifestyle modifications.

“The key actions for the initiative are responsible production, use, disposal and recycling.

For us at CMC Connect, the inimical effects of plastic pollution are enough to cause significant worry for Nigerians and we must, therefore, collectively aim to reduce its hazards and threats to biodiversity.

“Such threats includes drainage blockage which causes perennial flooding, especially in major urban centres of the country,” Ogunniyi said

He said that CMC Connect through the initiative would engage in advocacy, community engagements, outreaches, research and volunteer activities by working with like-minded individuals and entities.

Ogunniyi urged corporate organisations and all tiers of governments to partner with them in the quest to keep the environment protected.

“We commend the efforts of the Lagos State Government led by Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu in its quest to ban the use of single-use plastic through its agency the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA).

“We strongly recommend that other states and indeed the Federal Government emulate this laudable move by swiftly enacting laws that prevent plastic abuse in our environment,” he said

He said subsidiaries of CMC including BCW representing the third largest Public Relations (PR) network in the world, Re-ignite Public Affairs, iOctane Digital Experience Agency and Tangalo Africa, an Agric Media communications company.


Edited By: Angela Okisor/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)

 

 

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Pakistan’s confirmed COVID-19 cases top 90,000

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The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan has risen to 93,983 with 1,935 deaths, according to the data updated by the country’s health ministry Saturday morning.

A total of 4,734 new cases and 97 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, the statistics revealed.

Overall, 59,467 patients are under treatment in hospitals while 32,581 have recovered, which is 34.7 percent of the total confirmed cases.

The country’s eastern Punjab province is the most affected region with 35,308 cases followed by southern Sindh province with 34,889 cases.

The northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province reported 12,459 cases and 541 deaths. At least 5,776 cases were recorded in southwestern Balochistan province, while 4,323 cases were reported in the capital city Islamabad.

Punjab province recorded 659 deaths, followed by Sindh with 615 deaths, the statistics said, adding that Pakistan has conducted 660,508 tests officially so far.

The Pakistani government started to ease the lockdown from May 9, aiming at mitigating the influence on the labor class and the poor in the country.

Earlier on Thursday, Pakistan decided to take strict administrative actions for the implementation and enforcement of the standard operating procedure formed by the government to contain the spread of the coronavirus amid a surge in new COVID-19 cases across the country.

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