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Gunmen Attack Pakistan Stock Exchange

On Monday morning, a group attacked the Pakistan Stock Exchange in Karachi, Pakistan’s financial capital, which is the oldest and largest stock exchange in the country.

Armed with guns and grenades, the assailants hit the building, which is located in a high-security area that hosts headquarters of several private banks.

In the subsequent operation to retake the facility, casualties included four attackers, a police officer, and two security guards.

According to Karachi police chief, Ghulam Nabi Memon, ‘Four attackers have been killed; they had come in a silver Corolla car.’ 

Police spokesperson Shazia Jehan said the bomb disposal squad was at the scene and was attempting to get rid of explosive devices.

According to police officers, the bodies of the killed gunmen had food supplies.

Do you think they were planning an extended siege at the facility?

Global Climate Crisis Worsens Amid Pandemic

Humans may be living during the most significant annual carbon crash in world history.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, the most natural course of action has been shutdowns, quarantines, plus travel and trade restrictions.

Subsequently, these actions have contributed significantly to a historic dip on greenhouse gas emissions.

In some cities, the change in environment was so monumental that even smog disappeared from cities due to less traffic congestion.

In other places, rivers flowed clear of the filth and murk that had clogged them for decades.

Sadly, the romantic notion of a healing world is an illusion as atmospheric carbon dioxide levels are at an all-time high in the history of humanity.

Don’t you think that this is strange, given the reduced human actions and interference with nature due to the pandemic and lockdown?

China ‘Seals Off’ Thousands in Anxin County Due to a Small Coronavirus Cluster

Chinese authorities in Hebei province, which surrounds Beijing, have placed nearly half-a-million people under a new lockdown.

The ‘sealing off’ of Anxin County on Sunday, comes amid concerns about a second wave of COVID-19 infections.

The county, located 145km (90 miles) from the capital, has initiated restrictions in residential areas and warned residents about leaving their homes.

Only a single person from every household can go out once a day for supplies, and the person must have a special pass.

All other people, excluding those needing medical assistance, will have to stay indoors until further notice.

Do you think easing restrictions in the first place was the wrong move?

COVID-19 Lockdown in the Philippines Could Lead to 214,000 More Babies

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Philippines initiated strict lockdown measures to keep the virus from spreading.

Now, there is a new menace in the country, a baby boom, and the lockdown has everything to do with it.

According to the executive director of the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines, Nandy Senoc, the measures have severely hampered access to family planning services.

This, in turn, could trigger the highest number of births in the Philippines in two decades.  

Restrictions on movement imposed in March made it impossible for medical personnel and patients to reach health clinics, and this has caused a shortage of condoms and other contraceptives.

Although government health facilities are officially open, in reality, social distancing measures allow only skeletal staff to work.

Do you think it is better to have a baby boom from the lockdown rather than thousands of deaths from the virus?

The COVID-19 Situation: Six Months Later

In just six months, COVID-19 has killed hundreds of thousands of people, with the number reaching the grim milestone of 500,000 confirmed deaths on Sunday night.

The first official alert about pneumonia-like cases in Wuhan, China, was on 31 December 2019, issued by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Since then, there have been 10 million confirmed cases of the virus in over 188 countries and territories globally.

The United States leads with over 2.5 million cases and 125,803 deaths, followed by Brazil with 1.3 million cases and 57,622 deaths.

Because of conflicting definitions of causes of death and testing rates, the actual number of deaths and cases is believed to be higher.

Other reasons for the disparity include underreporting by some countries and delays in reporting.

According to the WHO, cases are climbing by approximately one million every week.

Most countries are easing restrictions to salvage their economies, and this has seen a resurgence of cases.

Do you see that the world is in a Catch-22 situation, where it’s damned if it reopens and damned if it doesn’t?

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