Coronavirus — Pakistan Reports Decrease in Patients

  • The WHO ranks Pakistan as one of the countries where the new strain of the coronavirus, COVID-19, continues to spread rapidly.
  • Prime Minister Imran Khan said the reduction in cases was a positive result of the government's smart lockdown policy.
  • The skeptics say that the decrease in the number of COVID-19 patients in Pakistan is the result of fewer testing facilities.

The World Health Organization hosted a virtual meeting of the Technical Working Group in Pakistan. At the meeting, the World Health Organization (WHO) clarified that the number of cases of COVID-19 in Pakistan is gradually declining. However, it continues to rank Pakistan as one of the countries where the virus is spreading rapidly.

COVID-19 was confirmed to have reached Pakistan on 26 February 2020, when a student in Karachi tested positive upon returning from Iran. As of 19 July 2020, there have been about 263,000 confirmed cases with 204,000 recoveries, and 5,600 deaths in the country.

During the 24 hours between Friday and Saturday, Pakistani authorities put the number of new cases of coronavirus at 2,165. The total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus epidemic in the country so far is more than 261,000. and the death toll is more than 5,500. There are more than 187,000 people recovering from this deadly virus.

The WHO ranks Pakistan as one of the countries where the new strain of the coronavirus, COVID-19, continues to spread rapidly. The international body also sharply criticized the government last month for its decisions and practical steps to ease the lockdown.

Regarding the reduction in the coronavirus epidemic in Pakistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that it was a positive result of the government’s smart lockdown policy. Recently, Prime Minister Khan has warned the public that if care is not taken on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha at the end of this month, there is a strong possibility of the spread of the disease.

On the other hand, some observers are skeptical of the Prime Minister’s claim that the epidemic situation in Pakistan has been brought under control. The skeptics say that the decrease in the number of COVID-19 patients in Pakistan is not the result of smart lockdown but the result of fewer testing facilities.

It is also said that Pakistan is one of the countries where clinical testing for coronavirus is low. In this context, Asad Umar, a federal minister in the PTI government, has categorically denied such suspicions, and insisted that the reduction in the number of patients was due to smart lockdown.

Imran Khan is the 22nd and current Prime Minister of Pakistan and the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). Before entering politics, Khan was an international cricketer and captain of Pakistan national cricket team, leading the team to the victory in 1992 Cricket World Cup.

According to Our World in Data, the average daily test for coronavirus in Pakistan is 0.1% per thousand. Medical experts have also indicated a further decline in coronavirus testing. In this context, the National Command Operations Center, which controls the epidemic of Coronavirus, says that Pakistan has the capacity to conduct coronavirus testing of 71,800 people on a daily basis.

The number of clinical laboratories for these tests is 133, and they are currently operating at 40%. Last June, the government said Coronavirus testing would be increased to 50,000 in July. The government has not yet reached this target. According to the command center, the highest number of tests conducted in a single day so far was 31,681.

Hina Shah, a doctor attached to PAF Hospital, says that after the constant publicity of Coronavirus, people now turn to the hospital when they become seriously ill, and the hospital remains the last resort.

Hina Shah also says that the whole family suffers from this disease, and is quarantined at home, but does not go to the hospital, as it is not considered socially appropriate and people are suffering from this disease. According to Hina Shah, one of the reasons for the decline in Coronavirus patients is the lack of access to doctors and hospitals.

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