Prince William follows in mother Princess Diana’s footsteps in Pakistan

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Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leave the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore, Pakistan October 17, 2019. (Reuters)
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Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore, Pakistan October 17, 2019. (Reuters)
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Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, shake hands with children participants of the British Council's DOSTI (friendship) program at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore, Pakistan October 17, 2019. (Reuters)
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Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, play cricket during their visit at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore, Pakistan October 17, 2019. (Reuters)
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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, plays a shot during her visit at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore, Pakistan October 17, 2019. (Reuters)
Updated 17 October 2019

Prince William follows in mother Princess Diana’s footsteps in Pakistan

  • Kate and William took part in a cricket match including former captains of the Pakistan men and women’s teams
  • They will head later in the day to the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital, founded by Imran Khan

LAHORE: Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate on Thursday joined locals in a cricket match in the Pakistani city of Lahore before a trip to a cancer hospital that his mother, Princess Diana, visited a year before her death.
The Pakistani government hopes the couple’s four-day official visit will boost the country’s image as a tourist and business destination, after decades of sectarian violence and political unrest.
William and Kate, who have frequently donned traditional Pakistani dress by local designers during their trip, have highlighted education and the impact of climate change in the country.
At a meeting earlier in Lahore, one of Pakistan’s largest cities and its cultural capital, the chief minister of Punjab state Usman Bazdar told the couple their visit “will further strengthen relations between the two countries.”
Kate and William then took part in a cricket match including former captains of the Pakistan men and women’s teams, Azhar Ali and Sana Mir. Pakistan’s bowling coach Waqar Younis, also a former men’s captain, umpired the match.
They will head later in the day to the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital, founded by Imran Khan, a family friend of the Prince and the current prime minister of Pakistan. Diana made a high-profile visit to the hospital, a year before her death in a car crash in 1997.


Global coronavirus cases top 7 million as outbreak grows in Brazil, India — Reuters tally

Updated 06 June 2020

Global coronavirus cases top 7 million as outbreak grows in Brazil, India — Reuters tally

  • 2 million infections reported in United States alone
  • Deaths from the novel coronavirus approaching 400,000

Global cases of the novel coronavirus topped 7 million on Saturday, as case numbers surge in Brazil and India, according to a Reuters tally.
About 30% of those cases, or 2 million infections, are in the United States. Latin America has the second-largest outbreak with over 15% of cases.
Globally, deaths from the novel coronavirus are approaching 400,000.
The United States accounts for about one-quarter of all fatalities but deaths in South America are rapidly rising.
The number of deaths linked to COVID-19 in just five months is now equal to the number of people who die annually from malaria, one of the world’s most deadly infectious diseases.
The first COVID-19 death was reported on Jan. 10 in Wuhan, China but it was early April before the death toll passed 100,000, according to the Reuters tally of official reports from governments. It took 23 days to go from 300,000 to 400,000 deaths.
The United States has the highest death toll in the world at almost 110,000. Fatalities in Brazil are rising rapidly and the country may overtake the United Kingdom to have the second-largest number of deaths in the world.
The total number of deaths is believed to be higher than the officially reported 400,000 as many countries lack supplies to test all victims and some countries do not count deaths outside of a hospital.