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Pakistan-China Friendship Tunnel inaugurated

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Islamabad:  Budding friendhip between Pakistan and China! Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif on Monday inaugurated the Pakistan-China Friendship Tunnels, which have been constructed by China overlooking the Attabad Lake in Gilgit-Baltistan.

The seven-kilometre-long five tunnels are part of the 24-km portion of the Karakoram Highway (KKH) which was damaged in 2010 due to land slides at Attabad.

Two major bridges and 78 small bridges have also been constructed on the rebuilt section of the highway, reported Radio Pakistan.

The tunnels have been constructed by the National Highway Authority (NHA) in collaboration with the China Road and Bridge Corporation to restore part of the road which had become submerged under the Attabad lake waters.

The project has been completed in a span of three years and two months.

With inputs from IANS

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Know About the Asymptomatic Coronavirus Cases in China

China Releases Data on Asymptomatic Coronavirus Cases

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Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Wuhan
China’s National Health Commission (NHC) announced Wednesday it has more than 1,300 asymptomatic coronavirus cases. Pixabay

China’s National Health Commission (NHC) announced Wednesday it has more than 1,300 asymptomatic coronavirus cases, the first time it has acknowledged cases of people testing positive for the virus but not showing symptoms.

At a news briefing in Beijing, commission spokesman Mi Feng said the 1,367 asymptomatic cases were under quarantine and medical observation.

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The commission had said Tuesday it would begin releasing figures on asymptomatic cases in response to “public concern” about the figures.

Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Wuhan
People wearing protective suits are seen in Biandanshan cemetery in Wuhan, Hubei province, the epicenter of China’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. VOA

The French news agency AFP reports there had been mass calls online for the NHC to release the information after it was reported an infected woman in Henan province had been exposed to three asymptomatic cases.

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While the proportion of people who have contracted the virus but remain asymptomatic is currently unknown, scientists say these “carriers” can still pass COVID-19 onto others who do end up getting sick.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks.  But the virus can also lead to more serious symptoms and even death. (VOA)

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