Pakistan’s daily virus death toll falls to single digits Aug 03, 2020 0 405 12345 DPAIslamabadThe number of people dying of the coronavirus in Pakistan has fallen to a single-digit figure for the first time in three months, officials said on Sunday, calling the drop a hard-earned success thanks to strict social-distancing measures.The South Asian nation recorded only six deaths on Saturday and confirmed 553 new infections, the lowest levels since May, figures released on Sunday revealed.And of all the people who are being tested, less than five per cent proved to be infected during the past three weeks, on average, compared to nearly 25 per cent in June.In total, the country has recorded some 280,000 cases and confirmed nearly 6,000 deaths.So far, more than 80 per cent of people infected with the disease have recovered.In June, the government adopted a policy of sealing off virus hotspots in major cities, after a nationwide lockdown for nearly two months.The authorities have now enforced a week-long shutdown that runs until August 5, to prevent the virus from spreading during the Muslim festival of Eid Al-Adha that was celebrated on Saturday.“We believe our curve has flattened... and it is a hard-earned success,” said Asad Umar, the minister leading the nation’s battle against the pandemic. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Philippines’ COVID-19 cases surge to over 100,000 Aug 03, 2020 0 1358 Virus curfew imposed in Melbourne as S Africa tops 500,000 cases Aug 03, 2020 0 413 Afghan govt urges Taliban to extend ceasefire Aug 03, 2020 0 460 Syria condemns deal between Kurds and US firm as ‘theft’ AFP Damascus Syria on Sunday condemned an agreement between Kurdish-led forces in the country’s northeast and a US oil company, describing it as “theft” and an “affront to national sovereignty”. The foreign ministry .. Ethiopians celebrate first filling of controversial Nile dam DPA Addis Ababa Ethiopians celebrated the first filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on Sunday, flooding the streets of the capital Addis Ababa in support of the often controversial project on the Blue Nile .. Iran reports highest virus cases for nearly a month Tehran Iran on Sunday reported its highest single-day novel coronavirus infection count in nearly a month, warning that most of its provinces have been hit by a resurgence of the disease. The Islamic republic has been .. Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan recovers from coronavirus DPA New Delhi Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan has been discharged from a Mumbai hospital where he was treated for COVID-19 during a 23-day stay, his son said on Sunday. Meanwhile, India’s federal home minister Amit .. Sudan welcomes Pompeo comments on ending terror listing AFP Khartoum Sudan’s government has welcomed remarks from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo this week that he would like to delist Sudan as a state sponsor of terrorism, local media reported. Pompeo has repeatedly ..