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Government Following China in Order to Eradicate Poverty, Says Pakistan PM Imran Khan

Talking about uplift programmes for the lower strata of society, he said the government will invest in health and education for poor people, besides providing them easy loans to build their houses

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Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan is seen during talks in Beijing, China. VOA

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday said that his government is following measures taken by the Chinese government to bring their people out of poverty.

Addressing a ceremony here, the prime minister said that the ultimate goal of all the steps taken by his government is to eliminate poverty, Xinhua news agency reported.

“We are making policies to give incentives to industrialists and people involved in textile sector, our motive is to let people make money so that they can produce job opportunities and help people get out of poverty, like China did.”

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Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks during a ceremony in Kartarpur, Pakistan. VOA

He said that China created wealth by industrialisation and later utilised it to uplift the lower strata of the society, adding that like China, his government’s main focus is to eliminate poverty by investing in the people living below poverty line.

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He said the government is bringing a comprehensive policy to eradicate poverty in which a coordinated effort will be made by all official welfare departments to provide relief to the poor and needy.

Talking about uplift programmes for the lower strata of society, he said the government will invest in health and education for poor people, besides providing them easy loans to build their houses. (IANS)

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New Virus Can Spread Through Human Contact: China

China: Possible That New Virus Could Spread Between Humans

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Security guards stand in front of the closed Huanan wholesale seafood market, where health authorities say a man who died from a respiratory illness had purchased goods from, in the city of Wuhan, Hubei province, China. VOA

The possibility that a new virus in central China could spread between humans cannot be ruled out, though the risk of transmission at the moment appears to be low, Chinese officials said Wednesday.

Forty-one people in the city of Wuhan have received a preliminary diagnosis of a novel coronavirus, a family of viruses that can cause both the common cold and more serious diseases. A 61-year-old man with severe underlying conditions died from the coronavirus on Saturday.

While preliminary investigations indicate that most of the patients had worked at or visited a particular seafood wholesale market, one woman may have contracted the virus from her husband, the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission said in a public notice.

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Commuters wear protection masks inside a subway train in Hong Kong, China. VOA

The commission said the husband, who fell ill first, worked at the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market. Meanwhile, the wife said she hasn’t had any exposure to the market.

It’s possible that the husband brought home food from the market that then infected his wife, Hong Kong health official Chuang Shuk-kwan said at a news briefing. But because the wife did not exhibit symptoms until days after her husband, it’s also possible that he infected her.

Chuang and other Hong Kong health officials spoke to reporters Wednesday following a trip to Wuhan, where mainland Chinese authorities briefed them on the outbreak.

The threat of human-to-human transmission remains low, Chuang said, as hundreds of people, including medical professionals, have been in close contact with infected individuals and have not been infected themselves.

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She echoed Wuhan authorities’ assertion that there remains no definitive evidence of human-to-human transmission.

The outbreak in Wuhan has raised the specter of SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome. SARS is a type of coronavirus that first struck southern China in late 2002. It then spread to more than two dozen countries, killing nearly 800 people. (VOA)