COVID-19 to cause record emissions fall in 2020: IEA
COVID-19 is expected to cause global energy emissions to fall a record eight percent this year due to an unprecedented drop in demand for coal, oil and gas, the International Energy Agency said Thursday.
The IEA’s Global Energy Review was based on an analysis of electricity demand over more than 100 days, during which much of the world has entered lockdown in a bid to control the pandemic.
It predicted that global energy demand would fall six percent in 2020 — seven times more than during the 2008 financial crisis and the biggest year-on-year drop since World War II.
PM Imran & Bill Gates Discuss How to Resolve Covid-19 Situation Over Phone
Prime Minister Imran Khan has spoken to Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to discuss the latest developments surrounding the COVID-19 response.
During the telephonic conversation, the prime minister expressed appreciation for the support provided by the Gates Foundation and other international partners during the unprecedented crisis and emphasized the continued urgency of the situation, a statement issued by the PM Media Office said.
He stated that Pakistan is making all efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic with a robust and coordinated response.
The prime minister emphasized that Pakistan is facing a dual challenge of overcoming the pandemic and saving people, particularly the most vulnerable segments of the population, from hunger due to lockdown.
He underlined that the government had put together a $8 billion package to support the affected people and businesses. The steps taken by the government have helped in containing the spread of coronavirus in Pakistan.
The prime minister’s call for “Global Initiative on Debt Relief” for the developing countries was in the same context.
Gates mentioned how COVID-19 is a threat across the world. He commended Pakistan’s efforts in protecting the lives and livelihoods of vulnerable populations.
Prime Minister Imran Khan and Bill Gates also discussed their shared priority of polio eradication. They discussed the important role that Pakistan’s polio staff and infrastructure were playing in the fight against COVID-19.
The polio teams were supporting the training of front line polio health workers on COVID-19, and using contact tracing, testing and communications methods to curb transmission.
In the context of the pandemic, they also discussed that routine immunization programs for children, especially polio vaccination could not be ignored, as well as, the need for capacity enhancement of the National Institute of Health.
Situation Report: New Coronavirus Cases Ramp Up as Testing Capacity Increases in Sindh
Pakistan saw a total of 874 new coronavirus cases in the country, up 5.8% from last day when new additions were reported to be around 806.
Of all the new cases, almost half or 404 cases were reported from Sindh only, while Punjab added 234 to its tally. KP reported 153 new coronavirus cases and Balochistan added 63 new positive cases to its total.
Recent increase in national numbers can be mainly attributed to Sindh’s sharp increase in cases — but they have also increased their testing capabilities — as close to 4,000 tests are done in Sindh now everyday, against around 2,200 tests that are being done in Punjab on daily basis.
Sindh cases are now nearing those in Punjab, and are on track to over-take Punjab as highest number of Coronavirus cases in a province.
Recent increase in national and provincial tally — while increasing at a good rate — is marked as restricted spread of the outbreak, as growth numbers have remained below 10% since April 6, 2020; that is for over 20 days now.
This number (of growth rate in new cases), when compared with other countries, is pretty decent.
Similarly the death rate has remained below earlier projected numbers. But this is to grow, as number of patients in ICU or on a ventilator are increasing every day.
The number of hospitalizations decreased in Pakistan, for the first time in 10 days. That’s mainly due to a major number of discharged patients yesterday — as 627 cases were marked as fully recovered and discharged from the hospital in the past 24 hours.
The total number of patients hospitalized reached 3,560 — down from 3,687 from a day ago. Of those admitted in a hospital, 99 are in critical condition while 54 patients are on a ventilator.
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