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London reports biggest rise in new COVID-19 cases

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London, Dec 25: London has seen the highest increase in case rates per 100,000 population among various regions in England with 602.2 in week 51 compared to 361.8 in the previous week, according to the latest figures updated by the Public Health England (PHE).


The weekly report, which monitors Covid-19, influenza and other seasonal respiratory viruses in England, is based on data from week 51 (between December 14 and 20), and for some indicators daily data up to December 22, Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday.


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Case rates per 100,000 have increased across all regions in England and are the highest in London with a rate of 602.2 per 100,000 population, according to the report.


Case rates have increased across all age groups as well, with the highest rate 434.6 per 100,000 population seen in those aged between 30 and 39, the figures also showed.
The hospital admission rate for Covid-19 was 18.66 per 100,000 in week 51, compared to 15.18 per 100,000 in the previous week, said the report.


Hospital admission rates for Covid-19 have increased in all regions except for the northeast of England but this region also has the highest rate of 23.44, said the PHE.


More than 2,100 Covid-19 patients were admitted to London hospitals in a week and cases soared by nearly 56,000, official figures have revealed.


The figures showed a growing number of people struck down with the virus needing hospital treatment, with 357 admitted to hospitals in the city on Dec. 18, and 366 the previous day.’This will not be a normal Christmas for any of us. If you are seeing loved ones, try to keep your distance, wash your hands thoroughly and more often and ventilate as much as possible,’ said Yvonne Doyle, medical director at the PHE.


Tier Four restrictions


London and large parts of England are currently put into the Tier Four restrictions, the highest level.
Under the new tougher measures, residents in Tier Four areas must stay at home, with limited exemptions. People are also urged to work from home when they can, and should not enter or leave those areas.


To bring life back to normal, countries such as Britain, China, Germany, Russia and the United States are racing against time to develop coronavirus vaccines.

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Man chop off policeman nose, ears, lips over spreading his wife’s ‘objectionable’ video

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Lahore, Aug 02: A police constable’s nose, ears and lips were chopped off by a man who accused him of blackmailing his wife and sharing her objectionable video to the entire village, police in Pakistan’s Punjab province, news agency PTI reported.

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Constable Qasim Hayat was severely tortured before Muhammad Iftikhar, the primary suspect, and his accomplices severed his nose, ears, and lips on Sunday in Jhang district, around 200 kilometers from Lahore, the police said as per PTI.

Qasim was rushed to the Civil Hospital Jhang where the medico-legal officer (MLO) confirmed that the constable has got 13 wounds. However, his condition is said to be out of danger.

“The husband and son of the woman were among three suspects who have been arrested”, District Police Officer (DPO) said.

Rashid said that an investigation was underway against Qasim when the suspects took the law into their hands and badly tortured the police constable.

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As per the first information report (FIR), the police constable is said to have had a relationship with the woman and threatened to harm her son if she refused to meet him.

According to the report, Qasim made an offensive video of the woman when they first met and later blackmailed her. When she stopped paying money the policeman broadcast the footage to the entire community.

After the video went viral, a case was registered on the complaint of the woman’s son at a local police station. The police filed a case under the sections 354, 384 and 292 of the Pakistan penal Code. However, he was not arrested.

A cousin of the police official Tahir Imran said that the investigation so far has not been able to prove that Qasim had shared the video, adding that his cousin was attacked despite being on bail.

He went on to say that both sides are neighbors and that he felt that the reason of the quarrel was something else, as is often the case in rural regions.

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True Love! Pakistani landlady marries her servant, compare each other to ‘Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif’

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Islamabad, Jul 31: Love knows no age, gender, or social stature and nothing quite epitomises that human experience like a beautiful story from Pakistan where a landlady fell in love with her servant and married him, Times Network reported.

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Nazia, a homeowner in Islamabad had been living alone and needed help around the house when a friend of hers recommended Sufiyan for housework.

Convinced by his references vouching for him, the “mistress” hired him for a salary of Rs. 18,000 a month.

Nazia, speaking with Pakistani content creator and Youtuber Syed Basit, explained that it was his simplicity that won her over and soon after, she grew to like all of his habits, demeanour and worldview.

Eventually, the landlady popped the question to her helper. “Sufiyan had fainted after hearing the proposal,” Nazia recalled. But he knew to say “I love you, too”.According to her, Sufiyan has proven to be a valuable member who also doubles as a lover. If she falls sick, he tends to her, gets her medicine and cooks.

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Nazia compares him to Salman Khan, while to Sufiyan, she is his ‘Katrina Kaif’.

Their love runs deeper than money and appearance as it is a connection of hearts. Interestingly, she was the first to fall in love in this beautiful tale.

Although they have been at the receiving end of public’s contempt for their relationship outside marriage, it hardly matters for the lovers who stick by each other through everything regardless.

The landowner says she might even transfer ownership of her house to her man.

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Pakistan death toll from rains, flood reaches 320; PM visits Balochistan

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Karachi, Jul 31: Pakistan Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has visited flood-ravaged Balochistan province and assured the affected people of all possible help in their rescue and rehabilitation as the death toll from the monsoon rains and flash flooding across the country on Sunday reached 320, news agency PTI reported.

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Balochistan province is the worst affected due to the heavy rains and flash floods and has recorded 127 deaths so far.

Prime Minister Sharif while talking to the media after visiting Quetta on Saturday announced compensation packages for those killed or displaced during the heavy monsoon rains and flash flooding which have been going on across Pakistan for the last five weeks.

Since mid-June, the monsoon rains have led to swollen rivers and damaged highways and bridges, disrupting traffic all across the country.

Sharif said that some 13,000 houses have been fully destroyed or partially damaged in Balochistan, which recorded the highest death toll, followed by Sindh including Pakistan’s biggest city Karachi where around 70 people have lost their lives in rain-related incidents in five weeks.

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According to the National and Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), there have also been around 60 fatalities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and another 50 in Punjab.

Shahbaz Sharif visited the areas affected the most by the rain-induced floods and met with affected people, promising them all possible help from the federal and provincial governments, including compensation packages of one million rupees for each victim.

Naseer Ahmed Nasar, the Director-General PDMA in Balochistan, said that till Saturday 127 fatalities had been reported across the province.

He said rescue workers found 11 more bodies in the Noshki, Lasbela, Chaghi, and Zhob districts of Balochistan. “We know 46 children and 32 women are also among the dead,” he added.

The Pakistan Army, Frontier Corps, and rescue workers from the PDMA were carrying out rescue and relief operations in all floods-affected parts of Balochistan.

Thousands of stranded people in the Lasbela and Jhal Magsi districts of Balochistan had been rescued in the operation so far while floods had damaged around 13,000 mud-walled houses in Quetta, Pishin, Jaffarabad, Khuzdar, Kohlu, Barkhan, Lasbela and Jhal Magsi districts of Balochistan.

The floods have also led to a suspension of train service between Pakistan and Iran after various portions of railway track between the two countries were washed away.

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