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    Is it too early for Pakistan to relax Coronavirus lockdowns?

    Seems that Pakistan govt is going by the logic of 'if u cant beat em....' - so instead of getting tough on lockdowns, they are saying go ahead and do as to you please - as its too much work to get this sorted - or maybe we under-estimated the Pakistani public?


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    Never too early, never too late. Destructive 1st wave is inevitable.

    My 2 cents.

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    I understand that Pakistan is a poor country and saying that there should be an extreme lockdown with no exceptions is just inhumane. Many people will just starve to death

    That being said, it infuriates me when I see well to do Pakistanis go out and attend gatherings (even small ones). I haven’t left my house in 2 months since I came to Pakistan because I haven’t needed to and everyone else in my position should be following that


    Hard to get a handle on this double edged sword

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    Not at all. People need to speak to business owners, daily workers and understand their plight. Like Mamoon said, we have to learn to live with this virus and just do the basic's i.e. wear a mask, wash your hands with soap and use a sanitizer frequently, keep a six-eight distance, maintain social distancing.

    What the Pakistani govt and police needs to do is to enforce social distancing and people blatantly disrespecting social distancing rules need to be given bankrupting fines and jail sentences.

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    Do not need a lockdown as Pakistan is doing well. Alhamdulillah I do not see an exponential growth of cases per day and the deaths have been lower as compared to other countrys. People need to take responsibility and take precautions.

    Not that I want it to happen ofcourse but will Pakistan even have a peak? There is no exponential growth considering reported figures.

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    ISLAMABAD: As the country registered thousands of new Covid-19 patients and witnessed many deaths from the virus on Thursday, the government expressed “satisfaction” over the situation in hospitals, saying it has no immediate plan to go for a stricter lockdown.

    Talking to Dawn after attending a meeting presided over by Prime Minister Imran Khan to review the situation in the country in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and locust attack, Information Minister Shibli Faraz said that though there were reports from some big metropolitan cities about load on certain hospitals due to an increase in the number of Covid-19 patients, the situation and conditions in hospitals overall were “satisfactory”.

    He said the participants and the prime minister were updated on the facts and figures of coronavirus patients and the state of preparedness and position in the country’s hospitals. In response to a question regarding reports in the media about increased pressure on hospitals, the minister explained that the load on few hospitals was because of the general trend in the public to go to one or two main and famous hospitals of the city and some of these hospitals might have 60 per cent occupancy now.

    Mr Faraz said the meeting was informed that presently there were 404 critical patients in the country out of which 161 were on ventilators which meant they still had a large number of ventilators available for patients and there was no need to be panicked in this regard as “we are comfortably placed and well-equipped”.

    The minister said the number of Covid-19 patients was still less than what they had previously estimated. Responding to a question, he expressed his concern over reports of violations of SOPs (standard operating procedures) by the public, but said there was no decision to impose a “strict lockdown” in the country.

    Mr Faraz said there was no confusion among the government ranks or in the mind of the prime minister about the need for continuing economic activities in the country. He said the lockdown was not sustainable in a country with more than 150 million poor population.

    “The situation is tricky. We are very closely monitoring facts and figures which will basically become our guide,” he said.

    Meanwhile, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr Zafar Mirza told Dawn that the next meeting of the National Coordination Committee on Covid-19 would be held on Monday.

    Mr Faraz said the prime minister was given a thorough presentation on the situation due to locust attack in various parts of the country by officials of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and the departments concerned. He said the meeting was informed that presently they had six aircraft which could be used for spray, whereas three other aircraft would also become operational over the next week.

    Moreover, he said, the government had decided to purchase six new aircraft for which advertisements would be placed in newspapers in the next couple of days. In this way, he said, soon they would have a fleet of 15 aircraft ready for spray in the affected areas.

    Mr Faraz said the meeting was informed that they could have a worse situation as they were expecting more swarms from Africa and Iran in the coming days. He said they had sufficient stock of the medicine used in spray. He said locusts were present mostly in Dera Ghazi Khan and Rajanpur and some adjacent areas.

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    Don't really have a choice, the economic impacts are too dire.


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    Question though, if a group of laborers god forbid get the virus, is the government going to pay for their treatment? I am sure they will, but people who keep talking about economic impact do they know that if this ever gets to a point of mass transmission with this particular demographic how much chaos it can cost?

    Please don’t make this a Modi or Ind vs Pak thing, this is bigger than any political point scoring. Sure,if you see holes in what Modi is doing there are other places to discuss. I am only talking about the bigger picture.

    It is cheaper and less risk to provide ration and food for a couple of months or even more to such people than putting the entire community at risk and then if anything goes south paying for the treatment.

    Also yes being in lockdown forever is not a solution but the point is you can drill down the danger zones and get data about the pathways of how this is spreading .Thats the point of a lockdown. If without all this ground work, if you let everything get back to normal with the poor people rhetoric it can get out of hand quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Local.Dada View Post
    Question though, if a group of laborers god forbid get the virus, is the government going to pay for their treatment? I am sure they will, but people who keep talking about economic impact do they know that if this ever gets to a point of mass transmission with this particular demographic how much chaos it can cost?

    Please don’t make this a Modi or Ind vs Pak thing, this is bigger than any political point scoring. Sure,if you see holes in what Modi is doing there are other places to discuss. I am only talking about the bigger picture.

    It is cheaper and less risk to provide ration and food for a couple of months or even more to such people than putting the entire community at risk and then if anything goes south paying for the treatment.

    Also yes being in lockdown forever is not a solution but the point is you can drill down the danger zones and get data about the pathways of how this is spreading .Thats the point of a lockdown. If without all this ground work, if you let everything get back to normal with the poor people rhetoric it can get out of hand quickly.
    You make fair points.

    There's other layers to it though.

    For instance, not only are poor people suffering in the short term with the lockdown, think about the long term aspects for a developing country.

    Some of the small shop keepers may never open again, if in the meanwhile they lose all the money they have, go into debt, or default on previous debt.

    We could see creeping effects on many industries as a result if a long lockdown.

    Which means in the longer run there is more poverty, and as we all know poverty is linked with malnutrition, crime rates etc...

    Definitely not simple decisions.

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    You are not alone. India is doing the same. You can't have a lockdown forever.

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    ISLAMABAD: A meeting of the National Coordination Committee (NCC) will finalise the strategy for tackling the coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown restrictions imposed in the country on Monday.

    The meeting will be attended by all four chief ministers, federal ministers, chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and the provincial health ministers.

    The meeting will decide whether to ease the lockdown across the country or to extend it as the number of cases continue to rise in Pakistan.

    The NCC, in its last meeting on May 7, had decided to extend the lockdown till May 31. However, markets and shopping malls were opened for the public, with SOPs, on the directives of the Supreme Court.

    A meeting of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Saturday under Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar mulled over the country's new “Living with the Pandemic” strategy to cope with coronavirus.

    "The NCOC recommended that the educational institutions be closed till August as the summer season and pandemic would be at peak in July," a statement from the government read.

    The meeting sought provinces' feedback on "negative list" aiming to finalise the recommendations of opening some more sectors of the economy halted due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

    "The forum insisted that the marriage halls should only be allowed with [a] limited number of guests, one dish and strict compliance of standard operating procedures (SOPs)," read the statement.

    Moreover, Umar directed the concerned authorities to calculate the economic impacts of the virus in the first quarter of the current calendar year.

    The meeting was also apprised about the critical care resources that needed to be increased owing to the surging risk of the pandemic.

    https://www.geo.tv/latest/290694-ncc...kdown-tomorrow


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    We have to live with Corona for some time. So it is better get back to work but with precautions. In Pakistan it will be the biggest challenge for our law enforcement agencies to enforce the law but there is no other choice left as no government can feed to poor. I recommend this program for everyone to watch how you can avoid the virus or improve your immune system.



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    It's too important for so many people economically, cannot afford to stay in lockdown sadly. Have to get by with this increased risk.


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    Funny how all those claiming impose strict lockdowns are doctors, they have a steady stream of income and are gainfully employed. Poor people who are not so lucky cannot afford lockdowns. Also is any doctor willing to give 100% guarantee that lockdown will fix the issue? The world is essentially in lockdown for a month or more and yet corona is still rapidly rising.


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    ISLAMABAD: The National Coordination Committee (NCC) will hold an important meeting today (Monday) to determine whether or not the countrywide lockdown should be extended or relaxed, as coronavirus cases continue to surge across the country.

    The meeting, scheduled at 4:30pm, will be chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan and chief ministers of all the four provinces, federal ministers, chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and the provincial health ministers will attend it.

    Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr Zafar Mirza will give a briefing on the spread of the virus and the death rate across the country whereas the focal person on coronavirus, Dr Faisal Sultan, will provide a brief on the overall situation.

    The meeting will discuss and formulate effective coronavirus prevention strategies and will review treatment provided to coronavirus affectees along with the availability of hospital beds, ventilators and other resources required by medical centres.

    In this regard, NDMA officials will also provide a report on available masks and other medical equipment including the Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)s in Pakistan.

    PM Imran will take the nation onto confidence about the decisions taken during the meeting after it ends.

    Also read: COVID-19: Zafar Mirza dispels rumours of saturated health facilities in Pakistan

    The NCC, in its last meeting on May 7, had decided to extend the lockdown till May 31. However, markets and shopping malls were opened for the public, with SOPs, on the directives of the Supreme Court.

    A meeting of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Saturday under Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar mulled over the country's new “Living with the Pandemic” strategy to cope with coronavirus.

    "The NCOC recommended that the educational institutions be closed till August as the summer season and pandemic would be at peak in July," a statement from the government had read.

    The meeting sought provinces' feedback on "negative list" aiming to finalise the recommendations of opening some more sectors of the economy halted due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

    "The forum insisted that the marriage halls should only be allowed with [a] limited number of guests, one dish and strict compliance of standard operating procedures (SOPs)," read the statement.

    Moreover, Umar had directed the concerned authorities to calculate the economic impacts of the virus in the first quarter of the current calendar year.

    The meeting was also apprised about the critical care resources that needed to be increased owing to the surging risk of the pandemic.

    https://www.geo.tv/latest/290815-ncc...lockdown-today


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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    Funny how all those claiming impose strict lockdowns are doctors, they have a steady stream of income and are gainfully employed. Poor people who are not so lucky cannot afford lockdowns. Also is any doctor willing to give 100% guarantee that lockdown will fix the issue? The world is essentially in lockdown for a month or more and yet corona is still rapidly rising.
    And it will rise further if we dont use our brains.

    If Pakistan tried the "dekhiyay pls" approach then rates would have been much higher

    We need a happy medium but the Govt can only do so much. People need to behave also.


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    Im seriously shocked and amazed at some posts. There is no way, no way you can have a lockdown/social distancing rule in Pakistan.

    Do you have any idea how people live in the villages/rural areas? The majority of the Pak people live there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pakistani pride View Post
    Im seriously shocked and amazed at some posts. There is no way, no way you can have a lockdown/social distancing rule in Pakistan.

    Do you have any idea how people live in the villages/rural areas? The majority of the Pak people live there.
    But we must continue educating people about this - ignorance cannot be bliss.


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    If 3 months of lockdown couldn’t stop cases from rising, there is no point in continuing it. More than the lock-down its the public who needs to respect social distancing and staying at home as much as possible.

    Lockdown simply isn’t possible in Pak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    Over 600,000 people may be infected with virus in Lahore

    LAHORE: More than 600,000 people could be afflicted with the novel coronavirus in Lahore alone, a summary sent to Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar estimated.

    As per the summary based on results of “smart and random sampling”, 6 per cent of the total samples collected in some areas tested positive for the deadly disease. Whereas, in other areas, 14.7 per cent of the total samples turned out to be positive.

    There isn’t a single area in the provincial capital where there is no case of Covid-19, the summary said.

    It contained the recommendations put forth by members of the Technical Working Group that carried out the exercise in the city. The recommendations included imposition of a complete lockdown in the city for four weeks.

    Meanwhile, CM Usman Buzdar has directed the authorities concerned to ensure strict implementation of the standard operating procedures in markets and bazaars in view of the prevailing situation of Covid-19.

    He called for effective monitoring of implementation of the SOPs. He urged people to follow the guidelines set by the government in order to remain safe from coronavirus.

    The CM said the government allowed the operation of businesses while realising the economic hardships of the common man.

    https://arynews.tv/en/lahore-600000-...d-coronavirus/
    Document dated 15/05/2020 - and still decision taken to relax lockdown.









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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Document dated 15/05/2020 - and still decision taken to relax lockdown.







    The 600,000 figure is just a projection based on sampling of 4,000 people.



    Secondly if the 600,000 figure is correct, then that means the fatality rate of covid-19 is FAR lower than previously thought and around the range of the common flu. If that is the case, people do not advocate for entire countries to be lockdown when there is a spell of flu going around.


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    And Lockdown is relaxed even more, by the way does virus spread only on Saturdays and Sundays now? If not then either do a proper lock down or end this drama completely and life should be as normal as it can be and leave everything Allah k bharosa and leave everyone to look after his own safety and follow SOPs, but their should be zero restrictions on anything from government. what this 2 din ka per week lock down will achieve, kya in 2 din wo daily wagers ko hakomat de ge paisay, ya Saturday Sunday ko unko bhook payas nai lgti, never saw such confused policy and confused leader, i am not saying k have total lock down but atleast make a clear policy, ye half teetar half bter policy will take us no where.

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    Pakistan could face food, social security challenges if lockdown extends, warns SBP

    The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has warned that the country could face food and social security challenges in wake of extension in lockdowns, which are imposed to curb the rise of COVID-19 cases.

    Citing the United Nations report, the SBP said that roughly 40 percent of the population in Pakistan faces multidimensional poverty. “This raises challenges of food and social security in an extended lockdown scenario,” said the SBO in a video message.

    The central bank pointed out that Pakistan’s debt levels remain elevated, which constraints the government's ability to spend on relevant sectors. “We have limited monthly and quarterly information regarding key sectors such as GDP, livestock, and SMEs, this impacts the ability to give an accurate picture of certain parts of the economy in real-time.”

    The SBP informed that the consumption rate in Pakistan is the highest among the regional economies, which means that the country’s GDP growth is vulnerable in a limited mobility scenario.

    “Lastly, informality in our job market is very high (i.e. 72 percent), which increases the risk of layoffs and decreases in earnings,” it said.

    SBP further said the government expenditure on health and education is relatively low compared to regional countries. “Having a strong healthcare system and adequate level of awareness among the public is important in the current scenario,” it said.

    http://www.brecorder.com/news/100026...ends-warns-sbp


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    But we must continue educating people about this - ignorance cannot be bliss.
    I understand you but one has to be realistic. Major part of Pakistan is poor and not educated. That is a result of corruption and no system. How will you all of a sudden create awarness among the masses for a virus?

    Main concern for the major part of Pakistanis is how will they get food on the table every single day.

    Huge parts has no water, how on earth wilp they wash their hands?

    All these moral soldiers can talk and talk is easy but a lockdown in Pakistan will never work.

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    Haven't been follwoing the development lately but came across this tweet:



    ?????

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    Clearly not real numbers as they haven’t even tested that many people. Could be a worse case model.

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    Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has insisted a lockdown is not the solution to the country’s coronavirus outbreak – even as the number of new cases continues to rise.

    In a televised address on Monday, he said Pakistanis would have to "learn to live with the virus", as the poorer sections of society could not afford to not go to work.

    There have been around 75,000 Coronavirus cases, and 1,500 deaths in Pakistan so far.

    From the start of the outbreak, Mr Khan has expressed his opposition to lockdown measures. Restrictions that had been imposed in March by local authorities have now largely been lifted, with streets and markets crowded, despite doctors expressing concerns the healthcare system will be overwhelmed.

    Mr Khan also appealed to the public to follow social distancing rules, but also said even more businesses would now be allowed to open up.

    The move comes as the results of randomised testing in the city of Lahore were released – suggesting around 5% of the city’s population could be infected, amounting to more than half a million people – vastly higher than the official number of cases across the whole country.


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    Pakistan can't afford prolonged lockdown, says Punjab health minister

    Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid said that a poor country like Pakistan cannot afford to have a prolonged lockdown.

    Commenting on the summary sent to the Punjab CM, she said: "Experts were of the opinion we extend the lockdown. [But] you can only distribute ration for two to three months."

    She added that the lesson citizens should learn from this is to take precautionary measures. "You have no idea who has Covid-19, you have to save yourself. The more precautions you take, the better."


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    Lockdown not a solution for pandemic, reiterates PM Imran

    Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that the entire world has now understood that lockdowns are not a solution for the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Addressing the nation, he said: "When a country imposes lockdown restrictions, the spread of the virus is slowed down.

    "But we must also realise that Pakistan is a poor country and that we had no choice but to reopen the country. The entire world has understood that lockdowns aren't a solution.

    "The United States, which now has the highest number of cases and deaths, has reopened their country [...] they decided to reopen their country with SOPs."


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    Developing nations can't afford lengthy lock downs. Imran has a point.



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    Time to impose a lockdown has gone, says Nasir Shah

    Sindh Information Minister Nasir Hussain Shah has said that the time to impose a lockdown is now gone and now all citizens can do to curb the spread is take preventive measures.

    While addressing a press conference, Shah said that a complete lockdown should have been implemented earlier, when the disease had started to spread. If the virus had been taken seriously when cases started to emerge in the country, the spread could have been curbed, Shah said.

    "Why didn't people take it seriously? Because they were being told by one side that this virus is not to be feared.

    "When the [Sindh] chief minister came on TV to share the situation of the province, he was accused of promoting panic."


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    WHO recommends Pakistan reimpose intermittent lockdowns as COVID-19 cases rise sharply

    The World Health Organization has recommended Pakistani authorities reimpose “intermittent lockdowns” of targeted areas to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, stating the country did not meet the global body’s conditions for lifting restrictions.

    A surge of new cases has hit the South Asian nation after the government lifted its lockdown on May 9 citing economic pressures. A total of 108,316 cases and 2,172 deaths, have been recorded, with Monday seeing a single-day record of 105 fatalities.

    In letters sent by the WHO on June 7 to health authorities of Pakistan’s two most populous provinces, Punjab and Sindh, it stressed the need to mitigate the risk of the health system collapsing.

    More than one in five people have tested positive for COVID-19 over the last two weeks, compared with one in 10 before the lockdown was lifted, government statistics showed.

    “WHO strongly recommends the government adapt the two weeks off and two weeks on strategy,” said the letter signed by WHO’s Head of Mission in Pakistan Dr Palitha Mahipala.

    It was not immediately clear if the same advice was also sent to other provinces or the federal government.

    The letter said the WHO recommends six conditions for lifting restrictions, including the disease transmission being “under control”, being able to detect, test, isolate and treat every case and trace every contact, essential places having established preventive measures, and communities being educated, engaged and empowered to “live under a new normal”.

    Pakistan, the letter said, met none of the conditions.

    Punjab and Sindh authorities both endorsed the WHO’s concerns and said the provincial cabinets would discuss the recommendations.

    It is “extremely important” to develop capacity to conduct beyond 50,000 tests daily, the letter stated.

    Pakistan, a country of over 207 million people, has tested a maximum of 24,000 people daily.

    https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-he...KBN23G2ZQ?il=0

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    As the spread of Covid-19 reaches a record high in Pakistan, the relaxation of lockdown restriction is also peaking.

    While the government continues to give the impression that a set of social distancing rules evolved for marketplaces are being enforced, there is no evidence of that.

    Floor markings, which some high-end medicine and grocery chains had drawn to ensure physical distance among customers, are gone, and guards who controlled the number of customers entering a store at one time have vanished.

    The anomaly has been pointed out by the World Health Organization (WHO) in its latest communication to Pakistani provinces, saying they relaxed lockdowns before the peak in infections had arrived.

    The Pakistani response is typified in the comment from the Punjab province’s health minister Yasmin Rashid. She was quoted by a TV channel as saying that “while the WHO may say what it likes, we have to proceed in the light of our own circumstances”.

    Rashid’s comments echo Prime Minister Imran Khan’s stand from day-one - that given the extent of poverty in Pakistan, lockdown was never an option.

    This view of the federal government flies in the face of the healthcare community, which has been consistently pushing for a strict and continuous lockdown.

    The issue was politicised right from the start when the government of Sindh province, which is led by the opposition PPP party, went for a strict province-wide lockdown. After the first three months, it had to ultimately relax restrictions in the wake of continuing opposition from the federal government.

    So, Covid or no Covid, Pakistan is a lockdown-free country for now.


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    Islamabad, Pakistan - The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended that Pakistani authorities reimpose a strict, intermittent lockdown targeting localities with high coronavirus spread, as cases in the South Asian country increase exponentially since most restrictions were lifted last month.

    In a letter sent to the provincial governments on Sunday, WHO Pakistan chief Palitha Mahipala said the country did not meet any of the organisation's six technical criteria for easing a lockdown.

    "As of today, Pakistan does not meet any of the pre-requisite conditions for opening the lock down," says the letter, shared with Al Jazeera on Wednesday.

    Pakistan's government, led by Prime Minister Imran Khan, had imposed lockdown restrictions of varying strictness in different provinces, but lifted most measures in late May, ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr.

    The lifting of restrictions ushered in a skyrocketing of reported coronavirus cases, with daily infections rising from about 1,700 per day before the relaxation to 5,385 new cases on June 9, a single-day record.

    So far, five of the nine days in June have posted single-day case increase records.

    Pakistan currently has 113,702 cases of the coronavirus, with 2,312 deaths recorded so far, according to government data.

    In its letter, the WHO said Pakistan's rate of coronavirus-positive patients was too high (24 percent), indicating that not enough testing was being done.

    The global body recommended that Pakistan ramp up daily testing to more than 50,000 per day.

    Current testing capacity is about half that number, with 23,799 patients tested for the coronavirus countrywide on Tuesday, according to government data.

    The WHO also said the country's surveillance system to identify, test, isolate, medical care and contact tracing was "weak".

    "There is limited capacity to provide critical care [only 751 ventilators are allocated for COVID-19] and the population is not ready to adapt to change behaviour," Mahipala wrote.

    Prime Minister Khan has long resisted reimposing any lockdown measures, ruling out the possibility in remarks made earlier this week.

    "Although lockdown restrictions slow down the spread of the virus, we must also realise that Pakistan is a poor country and that we had no choice but to reopen the country," he said in a televised address to the nation on Monday.

    "The entire world has understood that lockdowns aren't a solution."

    The WHO's letter included modelling of projected cases based on various forms of lockdown. Imposing a two-weeks-on and two-weeks-off cycle of restrictions would bring Pakistan's estimated case peak down to about 400,000 cases.

    Continuing on the current path, the model projects, would result in more than 800,000 infections at the peak of the virus' spread.

    "These difficult decisions will require the need to balance response directly to COVID-19 which includes intermittent lockdowns of targeted areas ... as a first option and should be dealt on a priority basis, while simultaneously engaging in strategic planning and coordinated action to maintain essential health service delivery, mitigating the risk of system collapse," the letter says.

    Doctors at major hospitals in three major Pakistani cities told Al Jazeera they were approaching or had reached their capacity for treating COVID-19 patients in isolation and intensive care wards.

    Political opponents have criticised Khan's response to the crisis, with the Pakistan People's Party - which controls Sindh province - in particular calling for stricter restrictions to be imposed.

    "WHO letter to Sindh government raises valid concerns and suggestions," said Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, chairman of the PPP, in a tweet.

    "Will be discussed by Sindh govt before being taken up at national level. We've long called for national policy to be linked to facts and our own capacity."

    Provincial chief ministers will hold a virtual meeting with the Prime Minister's National Coordination Committee on the coronavirus response to discuss the WHO's recommendation on Wednesday.

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    • Says world body is looking at virus situation through ‘health lens’
    • Country reports over 6,000 cases and 100 deaths in 24 hours
    • 23,799 tests conducted in same period

    ISLAMABAD: Amid recommendations by the World Health Organisation that an intermittent lockdown should be introduced across the country as the number of cases of the novel coronavirus is increasing rapidly, Pakistan has said WHO is seeing the situation through ‘health lens’, but the government has to look at a number of other aspects before taking such a decision.

    Pakistan reported 6,343 Covid-19 cases and 101 deaths during the past 24 hours, taking the national tally of cases to 117,172 and fatalities to 2,317.

    In a letter, the WHO said Pakistan had been ranked among the top 10 countries in the world reporting the highest number of new cases of Covid-19 and advised the government to enhance daily testing capacity to 50,000 to assess the actual prevalence of coronavirus across the country. As a strategy to help contain the massive transmission of coronavirus, the letter said: “WHO strongly recommends the two weeks off and two weeks on strategy as it offers the smallest curve.”

    Referring to the WHO letter, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health Dr Zafar Mirza said Pakistan had been making appropriate policy choices from the beginning keeping in view its national context.

    “We started early and took preventive measures with regard to entry of virus from outside through stringent screening at our airports. Our first case was confirmed on Feb 26 while the epidemic was in full swing among our two immediate neighbours many weeks before i.e. China and Iran. While we had 26 cases our prime minister called a meeting of National Security Committee and announced major lockdowns many of which are still enforced e.g. ban on mass gatherings, closure of educational institutions, marriage halls, sports events, etc,” he said in a statement issued here on Wednesday.

    “National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), established under the auspices of National Coordination Committee (NCC) for Covid-19, meets every morning at ministerial level and with the help of technical experts review the disease data and trends very minutely and take a holistic view of the situation along with the provinces and develop recommendations for the NCC that is chaired by the prime minister and participated by all the chief ministers and the prime minister of AJK. All decisions are made in NCC with consensus,” he added.

    The SAPM said Pakistan was the sixth largest country in the world and the largest country in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region which consisted of 22 countries.

    “We are a low middle income country with 2/3rd population dependent on daily incomes. Conscious of the disease spread and mortality and having put in place a very robust national coordinating and decision making mechanism at the highest level, we have made best sovereign decisions in the best interest of our people. We have to make tough policy choices to strike a balance between lives and livelihoods. We have consciously but gradually eased generalised lockdowns but at the same time we have focused on enforcement of SOPs [standard operating procedures] in shops, industry, mosques, public transport, etc,” he said.

    “Mask donning has been made compulsory in the country. Along with this we have developed a robust tracing, testing and quarantine policy to identify hotspots and cordon off them. Currently, there are more than 700 such smart lockdowns in place. Other plank of our strategy is ramping up of our health system capacity to cater to the growing number of patients. Our choice of policies has been guided by the best evidence available about the disease spread and our best assessment of the fast deteriorating socioeconomic conditions in the country,” he added.

    Dr Mirza said: “WHO is a UN specialised technical agency on health and they are our long-standing partner in health including in this pandemic which we appreciate. We understand that it is their role to provide recommendations to member states but understandably theirs is the health-lens whereas governments have to take into account a holistic picture and make decisions on relative risk assessment basis and this has been the case in Pakistan all along.”

    Beds and ventilators

    According to the NCOC data, the total number of beds allocated for Covid-10 patients in Sindh is 8,094, of which 548 are with oxygen, while 304 ventilators are available in the province. However, 83 patients were on ventilators on Wednesday.

    In Punjab, there are 9,275 simple beds dedicated for Covid-19 patients, of which beds with oxygen are 3,500. There are 387 ventilators in the province and 159 patients were on them on Wednesday.

    In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 5,110 beds have been allocated for Covid-19 patients, of which 628 are with oxygen facility, besides 313 ventilators. However, 70 patients were on ventilators on Wednesday.

    In Balochistan, the total number of beds stands at 2,148, of which 68 are with oxygen. Twenty-nine ventilators are available in the province, but not a single patient was on ventilator on Wednesday.

    In Islamabad, 520 beds have been allocated for Covid-19 patients, of which 262 are with oxygen. There are 94 ventilators in the capital and 10 patients were on ventilators on Wednesday.

    In Azad Kashmir, 379 beds, including 68 with oxygen facility, and 43 ventilators have been dedicated for the Covid-19 victims, but no patient was on ventilator on Wednesday.

    In Gilgit-Baltistan, the total number of beds stands at 151, of which 43 are with oxygen. There are 28 ventilators in the province, but no patient was on ventilator on Wednesday.

    According to the NCOC data, as many as 23,799 tests were conducted during the last 24 hours. Moreover, 250 additional ventilators have been sent to the provinces.

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    Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday warned that strict action will now be taken against those found to be violating the government's standard operating procedures (SOPs) for curbing the spread of the coronavirus, adding that he will be monitoring the situation from the Prime Minister's Office.

    Pakistan currently ranks among the top 10 countries in the world reporting the highest number of new cases of Covid-19, according to the World Health Organisation. The international body has advised the government to enhance daily testing capacity to 50,000 to assess the actual prevalence of coronavirus across the country.

    In his address to the nation about the country's coronavirus situation, the premier detailed the steps the government will now take to address the growing number of cases.

    The premier said that he will now begin receiving daily reports from the provinces regarding the implementation of SOPs.

    "Today I have a report from Punjab and Sindh regarding the implementation of SOPs. These reports detail the steps taken by mosques, courts, public offices, public parks, industries, shopping malls, local and private transport.

    "I will get these reports daily and on the basis of these, the administration and the Corona Relief Tiger Force will take action. When we will be informed of violations, we will close them down. The purpose of a 'smart lockdown' is to shut down areas where the virus spreads."

    The premier issued a warning that whether it be a shop, a mall or a factory, if they are caught flouting rules they will be closed down.

    "We didn't enforce this strictly before because we were still gathering data. But now that it is in our hands, we will take action."

    He also announced that the government is in the process of preparing a special package for healthcare workers.

    "To my doctors, nurses and paramedical staff, I want to say that we know it is a difficult time, but you are doing God's work."

    Prime Minister Imran acknowledged that the fatalities will increase but added that the death rate in Pakistan from the virus was among the world's lowest. "Less than one per cent of patients [...] these are those that are aged or have underlying conditions such as blood pressure or diabetes.

    "Other than that, I want to say to my health workers that think of this as a jihad. The government is ready to extend all the necessary facilities to you and will introduce a special package."

    Further, the government will also deploy data managers at all hospitals in the country to give continuous feedback, he said. "We can't take the right steps until the data or the information we are receiving is incorrect."

    The premier urged the public to strictly follow SOPs. "By doing this, the country can be saved from the danger of cases increasing exponentially [...] we will be able to cope.

    "I say this with a heavy heart that the public is showing a lot of carelessness [...] this way of thinking is dangerous."

    The premier reiterated that the government expects cases to peak in July, adding that the public must now consider taking precautionary measures their "duty".

    "On behalf of my team and health workers, I urge you to think of SOPs as a duty which can save the lives of others. The lives of people suffering from blood pressure, diabetes and the elderly will be in peril if we don't take precautionary measures.

    "I will monitor this, and I am hopeful that if we begin taking precautionary measures from here on out, we can avoid a difficult situation."

    He lauded his team for its handling of the coronavirus outbreak, saying he was proud of how the situation was tackled.

    PM lashes out at opposition
    At the onset, the prime minister lashed out at the opposition, saying it appeared they "wanted more Covid-19 deaths and the economy to fail" so that they could have a reason to criticise the government.

    "The country was facing difficult times, but I felt as though they wanted to cash in on that. As coronavirus deaths are increasing, they are saying that the government's policies are incorrect, it is confused and doesn't know what to do."

    He said he was glad that his government didn't succumb to the pressure, adding that the country was "saved because a complete and extended lockdown" was not enforced.

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    Islamabad, Pakistan - Atiqullah did not know what else to do. He spent three days scouring the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar for a ventilator for his 60-year-old father, who had tested positive for the coronavirus and was in a critical condition.

    "The doctors were trying their best but we couldn't find a bed in the Intensive Care Unit [ICU]," he told Al Jazeera. "For three days we were trying to get him shifted into an ICU because he was in such a serious condition."
    More:

    Ultimately, he found a bed in an isolation ward at the Lady Reading Hospital - the city's largest government hospital - but there was still no ventilator available.

    "There was no space in any ICU, anywhere in the city, not just at Lady Reading," he said.

    Finally, unable to afford to pay for his father to receive treatment at a private healthcare facility, Atiqullah, a 30-year-old hospital orderly, had no choice but to sit at his bedside and watch him die.

    Pakistan has seen its coronavirus epidemic explode in the last two weeks, seeing multiple consecutive days of record deaths and case rises across the country, pushing hospitals in major cities to the brink of their allocated capacity.

    On Thursday, the country saw 6,397 new cases take its tally to 125,933, with a single-day record 107 deaths taking the death toll to 2,520 since Pakistan's outbreak began in late February.

    The real number of infections is likely far higher, with Pakistan currently testing about 25,000 people a day, which is half the number of daily tests recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).

    In a country that is home to 220 million people and a ramshackle health infrastructure that offers just six hospital beds per 10,000 people, doctors say they fear that the healthcare system could be on the brink of collapse.

    Doctors ask for 'breathing space'

    "There has not been a single day in the last week where we had a single bed available," said Dr Naveed Ahmed Khan, a surgeon at Peshawar's Hayatabad Medical Complex, one of the city's largest hospitals and a designated coronavirus care facility.

    "Only if someone died or was discharged could we replace them with a new patient."

    Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, sees a large number of patients coming in from all over the province due to the relatively poor health infrastructure elsewhere, doctors say.

    "Our hospital's condition is already overburdened and the health system is very weak," said Muhammad Kashif, a doctor at Lady Reading Hospital. "Right now, you won't find a single ICU bed in all of Peshawar. Our health system, if, God forbid, things remain as they are, it will definitely collapse."

    Ahmed Zeb Khan, a doctor at a government facility in the northwestern town of Charsadda, says doctors have been pleading with authorities to reimpose a lockdown to gain some "breathing space" to increase hospital capacity.

    "We have told the government over and over again to increase the capacity of the ICU and isolation wards, because you did not impose a [proper] lockdown and now we have no breathing space," he said. "Until that happens, the system is overburdened, and we are going towards a collapse."

    In the southwestern city of Quetta, there has been a rapid increase in cases, according to official data.

    Healthcare workers in Pakistan are putting their lives on the line as they battle the country's increased number of cases.

    At least 3,635 healthcare workers have tested positive for the coronavirus since the outbreak began, according to government data. Thirty-five of those doctors, nurses and health staff did not survive.

    "Our healthcare workers are exhausted, they have been working for three months straight without a break," said Peshawar's Dr Kashif. "The number of doctors that are dealing with coronavirus, there are too little. They need to induct more doctors."

    Waseem Baig, a spokesman for the provincial health department in Quetta, said the two hospitals in the city designated for coronavirus patients were both full.
    Shortage of hospital beds

    Doctors in major cities across the country echoed Baig's concerns, saying their hospitals - both public and private sector - were at or nearing their capacity for coronavirus patients.

    Official government figures paint a different picture of Pakistan's hospital capacity, showing that only 1,681 critical care beds are currently occupied countrywide, compared with a total capacity of 6,664.

    The figures, however, can be misleading if seen at the country-level, given that while there are critical care beds available, there appear to be acute capacity shortages in larger cities where the caseloads are higher.

    "People generally go towards bigger cities for treatment," explains Ahmed Zeb, who is also a doctors' union spokesman. "The burden falls on cities like Peshawar, where the burden is extremely high."

    In Karachi, the country's largest city, patients travel for hundreds of kilometres seeking treatment, said Dr Seemin Jamali, head of the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), the city's largest government hospital.

    Currently, the JPMC has room for "two or three" more patients on critical care beds, as they work to add capacity to the system.

    Misinformation about the coronavirus has also been a concern for doctors, with at least three incidents of violence reported across the country by angry relatives of patients who died from the virus.

    "This is a pandemic and people don't believe us," said Jamali, whose hospital was attacked twice in the last month.

    "They think that we are getting paid by the WHO to declare deaths as being due to the coronavirus."
    Pakistan doctor 2 - Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Karachi

    Debate over lockdown

    The countrywide increase in cases coincides with an almost complete lifting of lockdown restrictions by the government on May 22.

    "Since the lockdown was ended, right after [the Muslim festival of] Eid we saw the cases rising rapidly," said Baig. "We saw our first 1,000 cases [in the province] in 50 days, and now we have seen 1,000 cases in just the last three days.

    "We need a lockdown, nothing else. People are coming into the hospitals, we don't know who is infected and who isn't," he said.

    On June 7, in a letter to provincial authorities in Pakistan, the WHO warned that if a new intermittent lockdown was not imposed, the country could see cases rise to more than 800,000 in July before beginning to level off.

    "As of today, Pakistan does not meet any of the prerequisite conditions for opening the lockdown," said the letter, which detailed six criteria under which such decisions should be taken, including controlling disease transmission, effective contact tracing and community awareness.

    On Thursday, however, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan repeated his position that the country could not afford a strict lockdown due to its economic implications.

    "Some people say 'lockdown, lockdown, lockdown!' as if that is a solution," he said in a televised address to the nation.

    "Our situation is different from the US, China [and others], because 25 percent of our people are in poverty. So if we do a lockdown, the curse of it falls on the poor."

    PM Khan called on citizens to observe social distancing guidelines to control the spread of the virus but also issued a warning.

    "In the coming days, sadly I must say, that the number of deaths will increase in Pakistan."
    Pakistan coronavirus: Concerns grow over use of low-quality masks

    'No space'

    Epidemiologists say Pakistan will have to find a solution that incorporates its limited capacity for imposing lockdowns and inadequate healthcare infrastructure.

    Dr Adnan Khan, a public health researcher and infectious disease specialist, says Pakistan needs to implement higher rates of testing, and more effective testing of contacts of coronavirus positive patients. The WHO has assessed Pakistan's isolation, tracking and testing regime as being "weak".

    Moreover, he said the authorities could maximise the current capacity in the system by only admitting patients to hospital who are in need of critical care, freeing up space to increase the capacity for such beds.

    "You need to do triage," Khan told Al Jazeera. "Do basic intake, check their fever and oxygen stats, and then you turn away anyone who is dealing reasonably well, and check in with them again the next morning.

    "There is a capacity that even now can be expanded by three to four-fold if it is done rationally."

    It is that lack of space in the system that appears to be contributing to higher rates of deaths, particularly in major cities like Peshawar.

    "[If things continue like this] they will not be able to handle it," said Atiqullah, hours after burying his father.

    "The resources were there to prevent the spread of the virus, but the problem was the ICU," he said. "The problem that there is no space."

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    ISLAMABAD: Lockdowns and restrictions required to stem the spread of coronavirus are expected to cause a loss of 1.4 million to 18.53m jobs in the country.

    According to the Economic Survey 2019-20, in case limited restrictions are imposed, as many as 1.4m jobs will be lost, which is 2.2 per cent of the employed workforce.

    In monetary terms, the wage losses will translate into Rs23.6 billion. Under moderate lockdowns, employment loss could be up to 12.3m, around 20pc of the employed labour force, and wage loss will be Rs209.6bn. And if complete shutdown is clamped, it is expected that 18.53m people or 30pc of the labour force will be rendered unemployed, with job loss worth Rs315bn.

    In the current situation of global economic disruption, the possibility of laying off Pakistani workers by foreign employers can’t be overruled.

    The government claims to have devised a strategy to tackle the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on labour and employment. According to the survey, the federal cabinet has approved the Rs1.24 trillion Prime Minister Economic Relief Package to deal with the coronavirus outbreak and its repercussions in Pakistan.

    The relief package is aimed at providing financial support to different sectors of the economy affected by the economic slowdown.

    The government has allocated Rs200bn for the labour class that is severely hit by the pandemic. To support the industrial sector, especially the export sector, it has been decided to release tax refunds of Rs100bn, besides deferring interest payments to strengthen the liquidity position of the enterprises. For the small and medium industry and the agriculture sector, another Rs100bn is set aside with deferred interest payments. Concessional loans will be extended to farmers to bring down input costs for the farming community.

    The government has also announced a Rs100bn package for the construction industry to keep the country afloat amid the coronavirus pandemic. The construction industry is considered the backbone of any economy because it provides enormous employment opportunities to skilled and unskilled workers. This sector also provides stimulus to its allied industries and the economy as a whole. Hence the government in collaboration with the provinces is making all-out efforts to generate economic activity in the country by adopting a strategy of smart lockdown with established standard operating procedures (SOPs), says the survey.

    Apart from this, the provincial governments have also announced relief packages to mitigate the adverse impact of the pandemic.

    The Punjab government has announced a Rs10bn relief package to financially support 2.5m families of daily wage earners.

    The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government approved a Rs32bn stimulus economic package to provide relief to the masses and business community. It includes Rs11.4bn, benefiting 1.9m deserving families and Rs5bn exemptions from taxes for the business community.

    The Sindh government has announced the Corona Emergency Ration Package for which Rs20m has been allocated for each district of the province to distribute food items to daily wage earners.

    The outbreak of coronavirus has its adverse socio-economic effects all over the world. The pandemic is impacting not only the production of goods and services but also consumption and investment.

    Disruptions to production, initially in Asia, have now spread to supply chains across the world. All businesses are facing serious challenges, especially those in the aviation, tourism and industries, with a real threat of significant declines in revenue and job losses in specific sectors. Following travel bans, border closures and quarantine measures, many workers cannot move to their places of work or carry out their jobs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    Funny how all those claiming impose strict lockdowns are doctors, they have a steady stream of income and are gainfully employed. Poor people who are not so lucky cannot afford lockdowns. Also is any doctor willing to give 100% guarantee that lockdown will fix the issue? The world is essentially in lockdown for a month or more and yet corona is still rapidly rising.
    Exactly. Fareed Zakaria said the same thing in a segment on CNN. For example: While the US elite benefit from globalization, outsourcing and immigration, the working class loses, which is why most of them are now resisting it. In the same way, experts on the media emphasize the need for imposing a lockdown, whereas most of the working class who can’t afford a lockdown resist it. Most Pakistanis can’t afford a lockdown and don’t have jobs which makes it possible for them to work from home. It’s easy for an expert who still has a job and can work from home to say that a lockdown is necessary.

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    LAHORE: After rapid increase of coronavirus cases in Lahore, the Punjab government is considering to reimpose two-week lockdown in Lahore from Monday, ARY News reported, citing sources on Friday.

    In this context, the final approval would be given by Prime Minister Imran Khan after consultation with the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC).

    Medicines, grocery and other shops of important commodities would remain open during the two-week lockdown.

    Sources further added that the provincial government has also decided to ensure strict implementation of the SOPs.

    It is worth mentioning here that, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday had said that the time has arrived to strictly implement standard operating procedures (SOPs) against COVID-19 and announced to personally monitor the effectuation of the government orders.

    PM Imran Khan, while addressing a press conference over the pandemic situation, had said that the death rate was increasing due to COVID-19 as the country is expected to witness its peak in July.

    The premier had said that the federal authorities were fully aware of the rise in coronavirus cases after lifting strict lockdown measures.

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    so were testing around the 22-25k mark - last WHO report stated that we need to be at 50k mark. half way thr.

    Have PTI -come out to say how are they going to increase testing, and when we may hit this mark


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    Quote Originally Posted by finalfantasy7 View Post
    so were testing around the 22-25k mark - last WHO report stated that we need to be at 50k mark. half way thr.

    Have PTI -come out to say how are they going to increase testing, and when we may hit this mark
    it will take a few weeks. They have just started to manufacture local test kits. I also dont think it is wise for them to over promise. Ultimately they will have to ramp it up as their strategy relies on increased testing. i expect it to happen.

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    Crisis at chronic stage every passing day govt. getting more lachaar helpless


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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    Funny how all those claiming impose strict lockdowns are doctors, they have a steady stream of income and are gainfully employed. Poor people who are not so lucky cannot afford lockdowns. Also is any doctor willing to give 100% guarantee that lockdown will fix the issue? The world is essentially in lockdown for a month or more and yet corona is still rapidly rising.
    Wrong as usual.

    “Doctors” agree that Pakistan can not afford a complete lockdown. It is the only thing Imran has been right about so far in this pandemic.

    The issue is that Imran eased the restrictions at the worst possible time. If you cared to live in Pakistan, you would know that the last week of Ramzan is the busiest period of the year.

    The lockdown should have been extended until the third day of Eid.

    Imran’s blunder has helped spread the virus like wildfire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    Funny how all those claiming impose strict lockdowns are doctors, they have a steady stream of income and are gainfully employed. Poor people who are not so lucky cannot afford lockdowns. Also is any doctor willing to give 100% guarantee that lockdown will fix the issue? The world is essentially in lockdown for a month or more and yet corona is still rapidly rising.
    This is a global issue. Nurses in Europe feel that they are entitled to earn wages like footballers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rana View Post
    This is a global issue. Nurses in Europe feel that they are entitled to earn wages like footballers.
    Many thanks to the nurses for their time, effort and hard work. However, millions aren't exactly filling up stadiums or tuning in on television to watch nurses while they work.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    Many thanks to the nurses for their time, effort and hard work. However, millions aren't exactly filling up stadiums or tuning in on television to watch nurses while they work.
    But they are saving millions of lives which the footballers arent

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    Wrong as usual.

    “Doctors” agree that Pakistan can not afford a complete lockdown. It is the only thing Imran has been right about so far in this pandemic.

    The issue is that Imran eased the restrictions at the worst possible time. If you cared to live in Pakistan, you would know that the last week of Ramzan is the busiest period of the year.

    The lockdown should have been extended until the third day of Eid.

    Imran’s blunder has helped spread the virus like wildfire.
    Why isnt the virus spreading in Europe and USA were 1000s of people come out together.
    This whole thing is a big joke.

    As i said before share some pics of the place were you work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pakistani pride View Post
    Why isnt the virus spreading in Europe and USA were 1000s of people come out together.
    This whole thing is a big joke.

    As i said before share some pics of the place were you work.
    Since the UK prime minister’s announcement of 6 can meet up, we have witnessed weekends thousands of people gathering at the beaches and protests. Yet the daily infection rate is decreasing and the deaths are on the decline. I mean what the actual...

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    QUETTA: The Balochistan government is set to reopen restaurants and hotels with director-general health Balochistan saying that at the current rate, the coronavirus cases may reach 100,000 till mid-July in the province.

    Addressing a press conference in Quetta, Dr Saleem Abro said cases were rapidly rising in the province due to a lack of implementation of the SOPs.

    Abro said they recommended the provincial government to impose a lockdown but a violation of SOPs kept taking place even during the earlier lockdown stage.

    The provincial director health lamented that during the lockdown, people did not cooperate with the administration which led to an abysmal rise in cases.

    “The prediction made two months back turned out to be true today. Due to a rise in cases in Balochistan, testing capacity has been increased,” he said.

    Abro added that even in public transport, people were not following SOPs and then propaganda was spread that the government was not doing anything.

    The DG health further said the National Disaster Management Authority has sent 20 ventilators and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). He added that Bolan Medical Hospital, Fatima Jinnah Hospital, Sheikh Zayed Hospital and Civil Hospital Quetta have their ICUs functional, with ready ventilators.

    He added that the local transmission was more than 90% and 70 people, including doctors and medical staff, have lost lives.

    Restaurants to operate with SOPs

    According to a notification issued by the Balochistan Home Department on Friday hotels and restaurants have been allowed to operate with requisite SOPs.

    The notification said that four hours before opening the place, the restaurant staff should spray the area and resume work wearing masks and gloves.

    Customers not wearing masks will not be allowed to enter, while not more than four people will be allowed to sit at a table, the notification said.

    The home department warned that in case of violation of the SOPs, the restaurant will be sealed and legal action will be taken.

    Balochistan as of today recorded more than 8,000 cases of the virus with above 70 deaths.

    https://www.geo.tv/latest/292890-res...100000-by-july


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    Pakistan seals off hot spots as record number cases reported

    Pakistani authorities have identified and sealed off nearly 1,300 hot spots to contain the increasing rate of COVID-19 infections in the country.

    The sealing of high-risk area comes as Pakistan reported 6,472 news cases on Saturday, the country's highest single-day total. Pakistan has confirmed a total of 132,405 cases, including 2,551 deaths.

    Pakistan put its entire population of 220 million under lockdown in March. The government has since eased restrictions, saying it was necessary to save the country’s economy, but it has caused a surge in infections.
    Pakistan coronavirus lockdown

    Prime minister Imran Khan has resisted demands from experts to reinforce the lockdown.

    Authorities, however, are now using the term "smart lockdown" to close shops and markets and force people to stay home in areas where confirmed cases have increased in recent weeks. Some residential areas were also sealed in the capital, Islamabad, to contain the spread of the virus.


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    1,300 virus hotspots sealed across Pakistan after spike in Covid-19 cases
    Authorities have identified and sealed off nearly 1,300 coronavirus hotspots across the country to contain the rising trajectory of new infections.

    According to Radio Pakistan, smart lockdowns have been imposed in certain virus hotspots around the country.

    In Punjab, a smart lockdown has been imposed in 844 areas.

    In Sindh, a smart lockdown has been imposed in seven areas.

    In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, a smart lockdown has been imposed in 414 areas.

    In Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), a smart lockdown has been imposed in 12 areas.

    In Gilgit-Baltistan, a smart lockdown has been imposed in five areas.

    Some residential areas were also sealed in the capital, Islamabad, to contain the spread of the virus.

    The capital administration sealed two sub-sectors in G-9 after the number of Covid-19 cases there reached 300.


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    Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar on Sunday issued a stark warning regarding the current trajectory of the spread of Covid-19 in the country, saying that the confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus could double by the end of this month and reach 1 million to 1.2m by the end of July.

    He shared these projections during a press conference in Islamabad.

    "We're in mid-June and our [confirmed] cases have reached approximately 150,000. It saddens me to say that based on our current trajectory [of spread], experts have predicted that our cases could double by the end of June," he said, adding that Pakistan's confirmed Covid-19 case tally could even reach 1m to 1.2m by end July.

    Umar noted, however, that these projections were neither predictions nor a certainty. He said that the "good news" is that the potential spike in confirmed cases was avoidable, provided the government and the people work together to stop it.

    Urging people to "get serious", Umar highlighted the importance of wearing face masks and practising social distancing to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

    Wear face masks
    "Research [around the world] has indicated that wearing masks is a verified way of curbing the spread of Covid-19 — by up to 50 per cent," he said, adding that the National Command and Operation Centre [NCOC] had recommended that face masks be worn by everyone in public places.

    "We are seeing many people wearing masks but sadly we've seen many more not wearing one. If you want to defend yourself and your loved ones, please wear masks. It's as simple as that," he added.

    Umar pointed out that the government had issued guidelines regarding social distancing requirements that people should follow. "This [practising social distancing] is the simplest way to ensure that businesses remain open and the wheel of the economy keeps turning."

    He warned that if people failed to follow preventive guidelines issued by the government, it would result in "people losing their livelihoods".

    "We're now at the stage where we will start taking administrative action against those who aren't wearing masks or maintaining social distancing," he added.

    Smart lockdowns
    Endorsing Prime Minister Imran's decision to impose "smart lockdowns" in virus hotspots around the country as opposed to a complete lockdown, Umar said that "the world is now beginning to realise that imposing a complete lockdown will cause the economy to crumble".

    "We have to enforce smart lockdowns in hotspots because this way we can stop the spread in areas that are witnessing outbreaks and at the same time protect jobs and livelihoods by not imposing complete lockdowns," he said.

    The prime minister had said yesterday that a strategy of "smart lockdowns" will be implemented, whereby strict adherence to standard operation procedures (SOPs) will be ensured to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

    "After analysing with my Punjab team, [we've decided that] we will not impose a lockdown but will impose selective lockdowns — trace and seal hotspots," he had said, adding that the country's administration and police were not in a position to take "such a huge burden of a complete lockdown".

    'Govt aims to conduct 100,000 Covid-19 tests daily by end of July'

    Umar said that the government aims to conduct 100,000 Covid-19 tests by the end of July.

    "We were only testing 500 people at the start [of the pandemic]. Now we are able to conduct 30,000 tests per day and the NCOC has decided to take our [testing] capacity to more than 100,000 tests per day by the end of July," he said, adding that the government is constantly increasing its testing capacity.

    He urged people to "show discipline" and follow preventive measures. "If our actions can cause spikes, our actions can also reduce the spread of the virus," he concluded.

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1563477/co...arns-asad-umar


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    The Punjab government has decided to impose a complete lockdown in some areas of Lahore due to rising coronavirus cases being reported from the provincial capital, confirmed Health Minister Yasmin Rashid on Monday.

    “Many areas of Lahore will be shut down 12am onwards from tomorrow,” said the minister during a press conference. She added that the areas that will experience a complete lockdown include Shahdra, Shad Bagh, Mazang, Harbanspura, Old Lahore, Nishtar Ground, Cantt.

    Meanwhile, some areas in Gulberg will also be closed completely and some societies in Lahore’s Iqbal Town as well.

    “Food stores and pharmacies will remain open in these areas,” clarified the minister, adding that the areas will undergo a complete lockdown for at least two weeks. She added that these areas will be reopened after t the situation is assessed.

    Dr Rashid once again urged people to follow the government's announced standard operating procedures to stop the spread of the virus. She added that the virus can be stemmed by 50% just by wearing a mask.

    Punjab and Sindh remain the worst affected provinces of the country with Punjab reporting over 54,000 cases on Monday.

    In Punjab, Lahore is the worst affected province and has reported over 27,000 cases and is the second worst affected city after Karachi.

    Last week, Health Minister Yasmin Rashid had hinted that that the provincial government will impose a lockdown in areas with higher number of coronavirus cases to stem the spread of the disease.

    The provincial health minister in the same press conference had warned that the number of cases will rise. The minister at the time had said that the final decision regarding the lockdown was to be taken by the cabinet committee.

    The move also comes in the backdrop of the World Health Organisation recommending enforcing a strict two-week lockdown in Punjab as the number of coronavirus cases continued to grow in the province.

    The organisation said during the lockdown, the country was reporting 1,000 cases per day. However, this number increased after the federal government eased the lockdown in the country. “SOPs need to be strictly enforced to stem the spread of the virus,” the letter said.

    WHO recommended that for any government that wants to start lifting restrictions, the following six conditions must be met:

    Disease transmission is under control
    Health system can “detect, test, isolate and treat every case and trace every contact”
    Hot spot risks are minimized in vulnerable places, such as nursing homes
    Schools, workplaces and other essential places have established preventive measures
    The risk of importing new cases “can be managed”
    Communities are fully educated, engaged and empowered to live under a new normal

    https://www.geo.tv/latest/293199-pun...after-midnight
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    KARACHI — Pakistanis stricken by the coronavirus are being turned away from hospitals that have simply closed their gates and put up signs reading “full house.” Doctors and nurses are falling ill at alarming rates, and are also coming under physical assault from desperate and angry families.

    When Pakistan’s government lifted its lockdown on May 9, it warned that the already impoverished country could no longer withstand the shutdown needed to mitigate the pandemic’s spread. But now left unshackled, the virus is meting out devastation in other ways, and panic is rising.

    Before reopening, Pakistan had recorded about 25,000 infections. A month later, the country recorded an additional 100,000 cases — almost certainly an undercount — and the pandemic shows no signs of abating. At least 2,356 people have died of Covid-19, according to official figures released Thursday.

    Pakistan is now reporting so many new cases that it is among the World Health Organization’s top 10 countries where the virus is on the rise. The W.H.O. wrote a letter criticizing the government’s efforts on June 7 and recommended that lockdown be reimposed, stating that Pakistan did not meet any of the criteria needed to lift it.

    Medical professionals now expect the virus to peak in July or August and infect up to 900,000, adding further strain to an already shaky health care system some warn may collapse.

    But government officials have ruled out the possibility of a further lockdown and dismissed the recommendations by the W.H.O.

    On a recent day in the sprawling port city of Karachi, Ali Hussain and his brother shuttled between public hospitals, looking for help and receiving none. Mr. Hussain’s older brother had a severe cough and fever but had been unable to get a coronavirus test for days.

    “We cannot afford the private hospitals, they are charging tens of thousands rupees,” said Mr. Hussain, who earned 20,000 rupees per month, about $121, working at a textile mill before the lockdown.

    Like many others, the Hussain family is suffering not only because of the coronavirus itself but also the economic devastation the pandemic has wrought. Mr. Hussain said he and his brother could barely afford to feed themselves since they lost their jobs in March, let alone pay for private care.

    “We are completely broke and we do not know what to do,” Mr. Hussain lamented.

    The World Bank projects that Pakistan’s economy will contract by 0.2 percent next fiscal year. Up to 18 million of the country’s 74 million jobs could be lost, according to the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, an independent research firm set up by the government.

    More immediately, Pakistan’s struggling health care sector is in deep crisis.

    Only a third of Karachi’s 600 beds in intensive care wards are available to treat coronavirus patients in the city’s private and public hospitals, for a population of about 20 million, according to local health officials. According to the W.H.O., only 751 ventilators are dedicated to the pandemic in Pakistan, the world’s fifth most populous country, with some 200 million people.

    Health care workers admit privately that they are referring patients like Mr. Hussain’s brother to other hospitals they know are at or over capacity because they fear being attacked by desperate families. Medical workers across Pakistan are being assaulted on a near-daily basis for not being able to admit patients or having to tell families that their loved ones had died.

    “Our hospitals are completely exhausted,” said one doctor, who asked for his name to be withheld because he is a government employee.

    Late last month, a family attacked the staff of one Karachi hospital with knives and iron rods after doctors declared their relative dead, rampaging through the emergency ward. On May 14, the emergency department of another major government hospital in Karachi was ransacked after health care workers refused to give over the body of their loved one, warning the family could contract the virus by handling the remains without using any precautions.

    After several similar episodes, employees say that many hospitals are now handing over the bodies of coronavirus victims to their families anyway, worried more about the violent backlash than the pandemic’s spread.

    The anger reflects the grief and panic that is setting in across the country, and also an erosion of trust between the state and its citizens.

    Prime Minister Imran Khan and other officials have frequently dismissed the virus as a common flu, then rushed to urge people to stay home before dismissing the severity of the pandemic again. Unfounded rumors have spread on social media that the government is inflating coronavirus numbers to milk the international community for more aid money, secretly leaving patients to die of other causes.

    The already low morale among health care workers has plummeted further since the lockdown was lifted. In March, doctors and nurses threatened to walk off the job and some called in sick, refusing to work if the government did not provide them with personal protective equipment. Some had to spend up to half of their salaries to buy their own masks, prices skyrocketing as panicked citizens hoarded supplies.

    So far, at least 35 health care workers have died of the pandemic, the Pakistan Medical Association said in a statement Thursday. At least 3,600 health care workers are infected with the virus, according to official figures.

    The government “did not listen to what doctors were saying. Now the result of this negligence is obvious,” the Pakistan Medical Association said in its statement.

    In Punjab, the country’s most populous province, a doctors’ association claimed earlier this month that 40 percent of the province’s medical staff had tested positive for coronavirus.

    So far, the evidence seems to show it does. A widely cited paper published in April suggests that people are most infectious about two days before the onset of coronavirus symptoms and estimated that 44 percent of new infections were a result of transmission from people who were not yet showing symptoms. Recently, a top expert at the World Health Organization stated that transmission of the coronavirus by people who did not have symptoms was “very rare,” but she later walked back that statement.

    “While the pandemic stares us all in the face, the morale of health care providers has hit rock bottom,” said Dr. Salman Haseeb Chaudhry, who represents the Young Doctors Association, at a news conference this month.

    At a protest among health care workers on Tuesday, Shafiq Awan, the leader of a paramedic association in Karachi, said the government was not heeding their advice.

    “We need protective gear, not salutes and praises. If we start dying or are unable to work, who will treat patients?” Mr. Awan asked.

    Under withering criticism, Prime Minister Khan hit back on Thursday, saying that his government had responded adequately to the pandemic.

    Mr. Khan was at first reluctant to impose a lockdown, stating in early March that the country’s economy could not weather the fallout. By the end of that month, the country’s powerful military sidelined Mr. Khan to shut down the country.

    Both the government and military came under immense pressure from Pakistan’s powerful Islamists to loosen the lockdown during Ramadan, the holy month of fasting that started in April and ended last month. After just a few weeks, the lockdown was lifted.

    “We are a low middle-income country, with two-thirds of the population dependent on daily incomes,” Dr. Zafar Mirza, the de facto health minister, said Wednesday.

    “We have to make tough policy choices to strike a balance between lives and livelihoods.”

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    PM satisfied with virus testing kits, PPE availability

    Expressing satisfaction over availability of coronavirus testing kits and Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) in the country, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday directed provinces to impose “smart lockdowns” in areas having high number of cases of the deadly virus.

    Presiding over a meeting to review Covid-19 situation, the prime minister warned that coming few weeks would be crucial in terms of spread of the disease and urged the people to adopt preventive measures so that a balance could be maintained between economic activities and the government’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).


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    ISLAMABAD: The enforcement of smart lockdown has begun to bear fruit as it was revealed on Wednesday that the number of coronavirus cases reduced by 90 per cent in an area of the federal capital which was sealed on March 13.

    “Around 100 cases were being reported daily from Sector G-9, but after enforcement of smart lockdown the number of cases has reduced to 8-9 per day. It is nothing but benefit of the lockdown as the movement of people has been minimised,” Islamabad Deputy Commissioner Hamza Shafqat told the media.

    He said no one was being allowed to unnecessarily go inside or outside the area under lockdown and even movement was being discouraged to reduce the chances of human to human transmission of the deadly virus.

    Meanwhile, 5,785 new cases of Covid-19 and 133 deaths were reported across the country over the past 24 hours, taking the national tally of cases to 157,738 and casualties to 3,033.

    5,785 Covid-19 cases, 133 deaths reported in 24 hours; certain parts of Karachi to go under lockdown today

    Pakistan Medical Association secretary general Dr Qaiser Sajjad, while talking to Dawn, insisted that recommendations of the World Health Organisation (WHO) should be implemented to minimise the spread of Covid-18.

    It is worth mentioning that the WHO has suggested intermittent lockdown [15 days off and 15 days on] to stop the transmission of the virus.

    Dr Sajjad said that at least the whole cities should be locked to contain the transmission of the viral disease, otherwise the country night never be able to get rid of it. “Virus cannot be eradicated by enforcement of lockdowns in some areas of the cities as people will find ways to cross the areas and reach the places of work and may violate restrictions for other reasons. If the whole city is locked, people will have no reason to move out of the area under lockdown,” he explained.

    He said that some countries like New Zealand had got rid of the virus by imposing lockdown and Pakistan should also focus on it.

    “Moreover, heavy fines should be imposed on violators as majority of people either don’t wear masks or they just hang them in the neck or keep them on the chin. Rulers should hold meeting with a one-point agenda — controlling the disease. There should be uniformity in policies of the federal and provincial governments and stance of opposition parties should also be the same,” he suggested.

    Dr Sajjad said it was unfortunate that the brand names of medicines were being used in the media as a treatment of the disease due to which these had disappeared from the market. “Even government personalities are using the brand names of medicines, which is condemnable. I suggest that generic name (formula name) should be used to avoid shortage of medicines. Unfortunately, people have started storing the medicines, oxygen cylinders, etc, at their houses unnecessarily due to which disserving patients don’t get the medicines,” he added.

    According to a statement issued by the National Command and Operation Centre, more than 9,827 violations of health guidelines/instructions were observed across the country during the last 24 hours due to which over 963 markets/shops and 18 industries were sealed and 1,186 vehicles impounded, besides imposition of fines.

    Under the tracing, testing and quarantine (TTQ) strategy, 904 lockdowns were imposed in Punjab, 26 in Sindh, 572 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 29 in Azad Kashmir, 10 in Islamabad and five in Gilgit-Baltistan.

    WHO welcomes UK study

    The WHO has welcomed the initial clinical trial results from the United Kingdom, which show dexamethasone, a corticosteroid, can be lifesaving for patients who are critically ill with Covid-19. For patients on ventilators, the treatment redu*ces mortality by about one-third, and for patients requiring only oxygen, mortality was cut by about one-fifth, according to the preliminary findings shared with the WHO.

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    A "smart lockdown" was imposed on Wednesday in several cities of Pakistan's Punjab province, an area home to more than 100 million people. The city of Lahore is among those under fresh restrictions.

    The decision follows a spike of new infections. So far Punjab has recorded almost 60,000 cases.

    Pakistan is now focusing on a strategy of local "smart" lockdowns in hundreds of places around the country in a bid to control the virus while minimising the economic impact.

    Officials said lockdowns lasting at least two weeks would come into force wherever at least 300 cases of Covid-19 had been confirmed.

    Police are guarding the entry and exit points of locked-down areas. In an emergency, only one person in a household will be allowed to leave.

    Markets, shopping malls and restaurants, including government and private offices, will remain closed in the sealed areas but grocery shops and pharmacies are allowed to open. Public and private transport is banned.


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    1.7mn people would've been unemployed if lockdown was extended in Balochistan

    Had the Balochistan government extended the lockdown by another month, about 1.7 million people would have ended up unemployed, spokesperson Liaquat Shahwani told the media.

    He said that the economic impact of the Covid-19 crisis on Balochistan had been remarkable.


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    Questions over Pakistan's 'smart lockdowns'
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    Countrywide "smart lockdowns" have been put in place in Pakistan to combat coronavirus spread, but the country’s medical community is questioning just how smart the lockdowns are.

    Starting on Tuesday, the government has enforced the lockdowns in hundreds of places with high Covid-19 rates. Those under lockdown have been asked to stay at home, and all businesses have been ordered to be closed, except for essential services like pharmacies and food shops.

    But many opposition groups and healthcare workers point out that tens of thousands of other areas remain open.

    Dr Qaisar Sajjad, secretary of the Pakistan Medical Association, has called the move a “non-serious measure”.

    Doctors’ associations and opposition groups are instead pushing for a countrywide lockdown. And the World Health Organization has suggested a 15-day on, 15-day off lockdown across Pakistan.

    But Pakistan’s battle against the coronavirus has been mired in controversy right from the start. When the Sindh local government – which is the only provincial government run by an opposition party – went for a province-wide lockdown in March, Prime Minister Imran Khan famously warned that "if you try to save people from corona, they will die of hunger".

    Khan also controversially claimed that Covid was only a form of flu, and was seen to favour the concept of herd immunity as a way to defeat the virus.

    It is widely believed that when infection rates rose, it was the military that stepped in to impose lockdowns, but those lockdowns were undermined by consistent opposition from the prime minister.

    Critics say his wavering attitude rendered lockdowns a controversial and non-serious measure in the eyes of the general public. And they fear, as the virus now spreads, that those in the least affected areas will not take notice until it arrives on their doorstep.


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    On the first day of the smart lockdown on Thursday, Karachi’s district administration failed to effectively close down the areas marked as novel coronavirus hotspots, where the markets and streets teemed with people until late night.

    Areas that were supposed to be completely locked down in District East’s Gulistan-e-Jauhar and Gulshan-e-Iqbal neighbourhoods, in District Central’s North Karachi neighbourhood, and in District South’s Lyari and Kharadar neighbourhoods remained open as late as until 9pm, and in some cases, until late night, with the hustle and bustle of shoppers quite evident.

    The deputy commissioners of all the six districts of the city were required to implement the smart lockdown by 7pm on Thursday in various pockets of their respective districts for two weeks.

    According to a notification issued by the commissioner’s office, a complete lockdown is to be enforced in the streets and localities of the specified areas in different union councils for a fortnight until July 2 on the recommendations of the Sindh Health Department.

    Locked down areas
    In District Korangi, the following areas will be under a two-week lockdown: Korangi Town’s UC-2 Makhdoom Bilawal, Qayyumabad A & B, Allahwalla Town, Nasir Colony, P&T Colony and Darrusalam; Malir Town’s UC-1 Moinabad Phase 3, S1, 35/3 Model Colony, Jaffar Bagh and Nashtar Square; Landhi Town’s UC-9 36-B Area near Street Rehmania Masjid, Awami Colony, the Imambargah Wali Asar area and the Power House area; and in Shah Faisal Town’s UC-7 Millat Town, Al-Falah Society, Malir Halt, UC-9 CAA Colony, Cantt Bazaar and Old Iqbalabad.

    In District South, the following areas will be closed: UC Karachi Cantonment’s Bizerta Line and Doli Khata; UC Kharadar-3’s Lea Market; UC Saddar-8’s Burnes Road; MA Jinnah Road; main Saddar; Urdu Bazaar; UC Phase-VI’s Khayaban-e-Badar and Muhafiz; and UC Lyari’s Agra Taj 2 and Bihar Colony.

    District East has the highest number of localities to be locked down: Gulshan Town’s UC-1 Muhammad Ali Society, UC-2 Bahadurabad and Block 14, UC-4 Essa Nagri, UC-6 Block-13 (A&C), UC-7 Gulshan-e-Jamal, UC-8 13-D/II, UC-9 Block-7, UC-10 Blocks 14, 15 and 11, Gulistan-e-Jauhar Block-2, UC-12 Sachal Goth and Rabia Petal, UC-13 Safoora, UC-14 Rufi Lake Drive Inn and Gulistan-e-Jauhar Block-13; Jamshed Town’s UC-6 PECHS Block-2 Tariq Road and Block-6, UC-7 PECHS Block-2 and Block-6, UC-8 Balti Mohalla, UC-10 Martin Quarters and Fatima Jinnah Colony, UC-11 Jamaat Khana, Jehangir Road Quarters No. 2, Jehangir Road No. 1 Teen Hatti and Bijli Ground, and UC-12 Soldier Bazaar and Numaish.

    In District West, the areas under lockdown will be UC-3 (Isman Nagar) Naval Colony, Sector 4, UC-4 Metroville Block-3, UC-5 Saeedabad 5G, 5J and A3, UC-5 (Songal) Gulshan-e-Maymar and Khuda Ki Basti Phase-2, UC-6 Frontier Colony Sector 4 & 5 Malakand Hospital and Ismaili Quarters and UC-6 (Ghaziabad) Christian Colony.

    In District Malir, the following localities will be closed: UC-1 Muzaffarabad’s D-Area, main commercial market road from 50-bed hospital to 52 Wing Pakistan Rangers, Old Area, Jacob Line, Majeed Colony Sector I and II, Muzaffarabad Rehri Road, main markets from Hospital Chowrangi to Hussain Chowrangi, UC-3 (Cattle Colony) Road No. 9, complete commercial market area, Gulshan-e-Hadeed commercial markets of Phase I and II, UC-3 Dawood Chowrangi to 89 petrol pump, UC-4 Quaidabad, Gosht Gali, Murghi Khana, Majeed Panwala area near mobile market and UC-5 Jaffer-e-Tayyar’s Jinnah Square commercial market.

    In District Central, the areas where movement of people will be restricted for a period of 14 days, are Gulberg, selected streets of Joharabad, North Karachi Sector 11-E and selected streets of the Anarkali Market.

    The SOPs
    “Anyone entering or exiting the locked down area has to wear a mask without any exception. Movement of people residing in the areas under a lockdown will be strictly restricted,” reads the standard operation procedures (SOPs) issued by the commissioner’s office for the smart lockdown.

    The SOPs only allow grocery shops, convenience stores and pharmacies to remain open in the locked down areas during specific timings allowed by the provincial government. “All the other business activities will strictly remain closed without any exception. All industrial units falling in these areas will remain closed.”

    Home deliveries and takeaways from restaurants and fast food joints is also forbidden in the locked down areas.

    Only one person of every household will be allowed outside to buy food items and medicines by displaying their original CNIC to the law enforcers on duty. “Only one attendant, where extremely necessary, will be allowed with a person in need of medical care.”

    Private or family get-togethers are strictly forbidden in homes. Joy rides are also banned in such areas, and residents need to have a valid reason for going out of their homes. “Pillion riding will be strictly banned in these areas.”

    All public transport, including rickshaws, taxis and ride-hailing services, are banned from plying in these areas. The government, according to the notification, will make every effort to provide rations to the needy residing in these areas through philanthropic organisations and by employing its own resources. The government will also make efforts to provide mobile dispensaries and mobile utility stores in these areas.

    Karachi Commissioner Iftikhar Shallwani has directed all the DCs to provide logistic support to implement the smart lockdown in close coordination with the health department and the law enforcement agencies.

    The DCs are also required to ensure a proper lockdown security plan in coordination with the respective deputy inspectors general of police. The DCs will also take on board the district chairmen, the district municipal corporations’ chairmen of UCs, members of the peace committees and renowned philanthropists of the localities. Under the directives of the home department, the DCs can also penalise those violating the lockdown rules.


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    Pakistan one of countries hardest hit by COVID-19

    Pakistan continues to register in the top 10 countries by daily coronavirus case increases, with 4,471 new cases on Sunday taking the country's tally to 181,088 cases since its outbreak began in late February, according to government data. At least 89 people died in the South Asian country on Sunday, taking its death toll to 3,661.

    Over the weekend, Pakistan resumed service for limited commercial international flights into and out of the country, the first time such flights have been allowed since March 21. Domestic commercial flight operations resumed on May 16.

    Cases continue to spread across the country, with testing continuing at around the 30,000 tests per day mark, well below the 50,000 recommended by the World Health Organization in a letter to the Pakistani government earlier this month.

    Pakistan has adopted a "smart lockdown" approach to containing the virus, opting to lock down infection hot spots, rather than entire cities. On Monday, however, local newspaper Dawn quoted officials in northern city of Rawalpindi - home to two million people, a medium-sized city by Pakistani standards - saying that they did not have enough police personnel to enforce the lockdowns in all identified hotspots, raising fears that the new approach may not be effective.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Where is Dr. Yasmeen and Mirza sahb who come to tv shows telling everything is under control. Sad satate of affairs and it doesn't help when your province is lead by a seedha saadha aadmi who has no knowledge of administration.

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    Coronavirus testing numbers in Pakistan - one of the countries with the highest rate of spread of the infection currently - are continuing to drop, with just 21,835 tests conducted on Wednesday.

    Of those, 4,044 patients tested positive, according to government data, a test-positive rate of 18.5 percent. Countrywide cases rose on Wednesday to 192,970 cases, according to the data. The country also recorded its second-highest number of deaths in a single day on Wednesday, with 148 patients dying, taking the overall death toll to 3,978, according to government data.

    The drop in testing is driven by significant decreases in daily testing in Sindh and Punjab provinces respectively, the country's two most populous regions. In Sindh, officials told Al Jazeera the drop in testing was due to a "shortage of staff" at labs causing a backlog.


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    LAHORE: Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (PIMA) has demanded enforcement of health emergency in the country to counter the spread of Covid-19, ARY News reported on Sunday.

    President PIMA Prof Muhammad Afzal Mian in a press conference said that smart lockdown has pushed the tally of coronavirus patients to over 2,00,000.

    President PIMA advised enforcement of two-week long strict lockdown in big cities to curb the raging pandemic in Pakistan.

    Prof Afzal Mian also demanded strict enforcement of social distancing and use of masks to overcome the disease.

    He recommended keeping at least three hospitals in a big city exclusively for the patients of COVID-19.

    He also urged for increasing the number of beds at other government and private hospitals and ensuring uninterrupted supply of oxygen across the country.

    “PIMA has decided to launch virtual “COVID-19 Healthline” project which will begin from July 1st in the whole country,” Dr Afzal Mian said.

    “Expert doctors and psychologists will be available at the Healthline for self-isolation guidance,” he further said.

    He expressed hope that the government will enforce the recommendations in the best public interest.

    Irrespective of the federal government decision to ease the coronavirus-related lockdown in the country, various health organisations have reiterated their stance of strict lockdown and educating people about the preventive measures to minimise the spread of Covid-19.

    Doctors also advised people to take this ailment just like any other diseases, and not take it as a taboo or social stigma.

    They said that lockdown in other countries was relaxed when the number of cases was on the decline. In Pakistan, cases are increasing and any relaxation would result in rapid increase in number of patients, they warned. They said lockdown should continue at least till the cases slow down in the next few weeks.


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    The government of Sindh on Wednesday announced an extension in the "smart" lockdown imposed across the province, till July 15, following in the footsteps of Punjab and Balochistan amid a rising number of coronavirus cases in Pakistan.

    A notification issued in this regard said the decision was taken "in continuation of the order of even number dated 1 June, 2020 and for the same reasons recorded therein the Government of Sindh, in exercise of powers under Section 3(1) of the Sindh Epidemic Diseases Act, 2014 (The Sindh Act VIII of 2015)".

    The province had announced on June 1 that following a meeting of the National Coordination Committee, it had been decided that economic activities must be opened and a focus on compliance of SOPs must be ensured while such economic activities are undertaken.

    In today's notification, therefore, the selective lockdown has been extended for two more weeks, with the following places to remain closed and activities prohibited:

    i. Educational training institutes

    ii. Marriage halls, business centres, expo halls

    iii. All contact sports, indoor sports clubs, indoor gyms and sports facilities

    iv. Sporting tournaments, indoor and outdoor

    v. Restaurants, cafés excluding takeaway and home delivery

    vi. Theme parks, amusement parks and arcades

    vii. Beauty parlours and spas

    viii. Cinemas and theatres

    ix. Public processions/gathering of all nature, shrines

    x. Tourism/tourist hotels

    xi. Inter-provincial transport

    Intercity transport shall be opened "keeping in view petition by transporters in Honourable High Court of Sindh" but not inter-provincial public transport.

    "The provincial government and district administration, by an order, may restrict all/any activity in areas which are the hotspots for the spread of COVID-19," the notification added.

    In this period, operational days/hours for businesses shall be as under:

    - Business timings except pharmacies and essential services — Five days per week (Monday-Friday) from Morning to Maghreb (6am to 7pm).

    - Restaurants and cafes, etc — All days of the week (closed for customer dine-in and only take away and home delivery allowed) as follows:

    i) Take away and home delivery (6am to 7pm)

    ii) Home delivery only (7pm to 11pm)

    The notification has reminded everyone that "the threat of [COVID-19] spread has not subsided, rather increased and stricter adherence to SOPs is required than ever before".

    In this regard, people are instructed to:

    i. Avoid coming out of houses from 7pm to 6am

    ii. Wear a face mask when coming out to any public place

    iii. Keep a distance of over 3 feet between persons at all times

    iv. Was your hands frequently or use proper hand sanitiser

    v. Strictly adhere to distancing protocols while travelling by any transport

    vi. Strictly adhere to SOPs at offices/workplaces

    vii. Strictly adhere to all SOPs issued by the provincial and federal governments from time to time

    Punjab, Balochistan extend 'smart' lockdowns
    A day earlier the Punjab government announced an extension in the "smart" lockdown imposed in various coronavirus hotspots across Lahore, till July 15.

    Secretary Primary and Secondary Health Care retired Capt Muhammad Usman said the notification will be effective immediately and will be applicable for areas identified in the June 15 order. These include Shahdra, Mazang, Shad Bagh, Harbanspura, Old Lahore, Nishtar Town, Cantt, Allama Iqbal Town and Gulberg.

    The following restrictions/exemptions have been notified:

    - Educational institutions, wedding halls, restaurants, parks and cinema halls will remain closed

    - Gathering for social, religious or sports activities will not be allowed

    - All business locations will be open Monday through Friday from 9am to 7pm

    - Medical stores, tire puncture shops, naan shops, workshops pertaining to the agriculture sector, will be allowed to be remain open 24 hours a day

    - Call centres will be allowed to remain open with 50% staff

    - Inter-district transport will be allowed 24 hours a day

    - Grocery stores will be open all week, from 9am to 7pm

    - All churches will be open for worship only on Sundays from 7am to 5pm

    It was also reported that the Punjab government has devised a "new strategy" to stem the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    A meeting presided by senior provincial minister Abdul Aleem Khan and chief secretary Punjab decided to authorise deputy commissioners to seal or reopen their areas areas depending on the number of cases there.

    Meanwhile, in Balochistan, a similar extension till July 15 was announced.

    As per an official notification by the provincial home department, shopping malls, markets, shops, warehouses, auto-repair shops and hair salons will be allowed to remain open from 9am to 7pm from Thursdays to Saturdays. All businesses will remain closed on Fridays.

    The notification further said that tandoors, shops selling dairy products, blood banks, medical stores and teller shops will be allowed to remain open for 24 hours. Restaurants will be allowed to provide home delivery and take-away services throughout the day as well.


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    KP govt lifts lockdown restrictions from 89 hotspots after cases drop

    The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on Saturday lifted lockdowns from 89 areas of the province after a significant decrease in reported cases from these hotspots, the health department's focal person Dr Iftikharuddin said.

    Lockdown restrictions were lifted from eight areas in Peshawar, five in Mardan, 15 in Nowshera, 12 in Bajaur, eight in Abbottabad, five in Lower Dir, four in Buner and Charsadda each, three in Haripur, Swat and Malakand each, and two areas in Upper Chitral, Upper Dir and Bannu each.

    Dr Iftikharuddin said the government's 'smart lockdown' policy had resulted in an 80 per cent decline in the number of reported cases from these areas. He added that no cases had been reported for the last six days from the area under lockdown in Mardan while Nowshera district reported one case on Friday compared to 31 cases on June 21.

    Giving further details, he said just one case was reported from Mansehra district on Saturday, down from 32 cases on June 22, whereas Bajaur district reported three cases yesterday compared to 12 cases on June 16.

    The official added that there had been a 70pc decrease in the number of infections reported from Swat and Peshawar.

    Over 50pc coronavirus patients recover
    More than 50pc of coronavirus patients in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have recovered from the disease against a nationwide recovery rate of 48.08pc.

    The province has so far recorded 27,506 Covid-19 cases and 15,520 of them (50.42pc) have recovered, the World Health Organisation said in a report.

    Khyber Medical University dean (public health) Prof Ziaul Haq told Dawn.com that new guidelines had led to a spike in number of recovered patients.

    “The initial recommendation to confirm the clearance of the virus, and thus allow discharge from isolation, required a patient to be clinically recovered and to have two negative RT-PCR results on sequential samples taken at least 24 hours apart,” he said.

    Prof Ziaul Haq said according to the new WHO guidelines and latest research, if a patient didn’t show any symptoms of the virus at least after 10 days and stayed without temperature and other symptoms for 72 hours without taking any medicines, then he or she was put in the list of recovered people.

    “For example, if a patient had symptoms for two days, then the patient can be released from isolation after 13 days from the date of symptom onset. For a patient with symptoms for 14 days, he/she can be discharged 17 days after date of symptom onset. For a patient with symptoms for 30 days, he/she can be discharged 33 days after symptom onset,” he said.

    The dean said under the new guideline adopted by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on June 23, Covid-19 patients were contacted over the phone and asked if they had any symptoms and if they didn’t have symptoms, they’re declared recovered.

    “Earlier, the patients waited for the test results, which took a long time, for being declared negative and recovered,” he said.

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    @Bewal Express wasn't there a guy on here mocking the smart lockdown

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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post



    @Bewal Express wasn't there a guy on here mocking the smart lockdown
    I wonder who it was.

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    Spoke to Drs from Lahore, PIndi, Peshawar, Multan and Karachi today in a online conference . Situation is improving in Punjab , stable in KP but not good in Karachi yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moghul View Post
    Spoke to Drs from Lahore, PIndi, Peshawar, Multan and Karachi today in a online conference . Situation is improving in Punjab , stable in KP but not good in Karachi yet.
    What are they saying is the main issue in Karachi?

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    As usual Karachi is being tortured by the waderas of Sindh....

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    I don’t know why Karachi isn’t an independent province. Why are we stuck with Sindh? Whatever the issue we always get screwed due to Sindh

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    Many in Pakistan still do not think this is serious at all and these are those in the cities then imagine what is happening all this time in the villages where mostly those who don't even believe that such a thing as corona even exists.

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    Prime Minister Imran Khan was informed on Saturday that the government's strategy of imposing 'smart lockdowns' to curb the spread of the coronavirus has helped balance the lives of citizens with their livelihoods.

    The premier was briefed about the prevailing situation and analysis of the pattern of Covid-19's spread in the country during a visit to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) in Islamabad.

    Federal ministers, Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa and other high-ranking officials were present on the occasion as the government marked 100 days of the establishment of the NCOC. The provinces were also represented via video link.

    At the briefing, the premier was informed that the government's decision to opt for smart lockdowns — imposed only in virus hotspots — instead of sweeping countrywide restrictions has helped in "keeping the economy afloat" and addressing the problems of the poor and the working class while containing the disease, according to a statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office.

    It was highlighted that as per the International Monetary Fund's flagship World Economic Outlook, Pakistan has "reversed" the projected GDP downturn from -1.5 per cent to -0.4pc. From July 19 to May 20, Pakistan’s exports fared much better than those of other countries in the region, the prime minister was informed.

    Prime Minister Imran lauded the efforts of the NCOC team in putting up "a robust response" to the pandemic and ensuring coordination throughout the country. He noted that the NCOC has "led from the front" in the fight against the virus through daily monitoring of the situation, capacity enhancement of the health system, establishing a credible database, ensuring better resource management and formulation of appropriate SOPs.

    "The prime minister appreciated the resilience and adaptability of the nation to adjust to the new normal by following SOPs and face the challenge as one nation," the press release said, adding that he also paid tribute to the doctors, para-medical staff and emergency responders working on the frontlines of the Covid-19 battle.

    While noting a "slowing down of disease progression", the prime minister directed officials to ensure strict implementation of the standard operating procedures and undertake all required administrative actions to implement the strategy of smart lockdowns. He also instructed them to continue a mass awareness campaign to curtail the spread of the virus and especially prevent a resurgence of the disease during Eidul Azha.

    The prime minister also acknowledged the efforts of healthcare workers and management teams from all the provinces, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, according to the PM Office handout

    Despite rising cases of infection, Prime Minister Imran has defended his government's handling of the coronavirus crisis, dismissing the opposition's criticism of "confusion" and contradictions in official policies.

    "If there was one country whose government did not have confusion, it was ours," he said while speaking in the parliament last month.

    After reporting its first cases on February 26, Pakistan has so far officially registered nearly 227,000 infections of Covid-19 and 4,661 deaths. Of those infected, more than 125,000 have recovered.

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    KARACHI: The Sindh Task Force on COVID-19 announced Saturday the provincial government would impose targeted lockdowns in coronavirus hotspots, enhance testing and improve health facilities at isolation centres by making available more high dependency unit (HDU) beds at isolation centres in the province.

    Presided over by Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, the Sindh Task Force on COVID-19 heard experts and officials and discussed various ways to slow down the spread of the coronavirus in the province.

    The meeting decided to promote the use of masks through advocacy, ensure free availability of masks, use a “carrot and stick” policy in this regard, and put in place targeted lockdowns in areas where the transmission of the virus was very high.

    On the question of the lockdown, the meeting observed that Sindh could not decide against the “national discourse”, so it was important to take decisions to slow down the spread of the coronavirus among the people, and in this regard, preventive measures and advocacy should be used to convince the people to use masks, follow social distancing.

    The chief minister said they had decided to convert 8,672 isolation beds into HDU beds in more than two phases, while more ventilators would be bought to enhance the ICUs capacity in the province. At present, the provincial government has 503 ICU beds with ventilators and 1,810 HDU beds.

    'Sindh govt has performed a lot better in testing'

    Shah said his government had tested 300,247 samples till June 3, and of them, 62,476 had tested positive for COVID-19, while during the corresponding period Punjab conducted 286,049 tests and detected 54,057 cases, KP tested 93,377 samples and detected 17,479 cases, Islamabad conducted 90,557 tests and detected 10,703 cases, Gilgit-Baltistan conducted 5,100 tests and detected 825 cases, Balochistan conducted 26,008 tests and detected 6,324 cases, and AJK did 10,351 tests and found 959 positive cases.

    “This shows that the Sindh government has performed a lot better in the area of testing as compared to other provinces and the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT),” he said.

    The chief minister made it clear that the comparison with the other provinces was not aimed at criticising them, but it was being made to assess and evaluate the performance of the Sindh government. From June 1 to July 3, 2020, 28 deaths were reported in AJK, 75 in Balochistan, 17 in Gilgit- Baltistan, 102 in Islamabad, 529 in KP, 1,347 in Punjab and 987 in Sindh.

    “This is clear that our death rate is lower in terms of patients and population than what it is in other provinces,” he said, adding the recovery rate in Sindh was also better than it was in the other provinces.

    “During this period, 518 patients recovered in AJK, 3,824 in Balochistan, 689 in Gilgit-Baltistan, 8,441 in Islamabad, 12,608 in KP, 35,833 in Punjab and 37,098 in Sindh. Our case fatality rate (CFR) stands at 1.57%, while in Punjab it is 2.49%, in KPK 3.03%, in Gilgit- Baltistan 2.06%, in Balochistan 1.19% and in AJK 2.2%.”

    “If the fatality rate is compared keeping in view the number of patients and population of the province, Sindh has the lowest rate because of a better healthcare system,” Shah said.

    Giving a comparative analysis of tests per million people, he said the Sindh government had an edge over other countries of the region. The chief minister added that said Sindh had tested 10,047 people per million, while Pakistan’s per million tests came to 6,115, India’s 6,737, Bangladesh’s 4,981, Sri Lanka’s 5160 and Afghanistan’s 1,908.

    CM Murad noted that the testing capacity, which had been only 80 per day in February 2020, was increased to 300, then to 1,200, 4,200, 6,500, 8,750, 11,450 and now to 14,050, which itself was a record of the provincial government with meagre resources.

    Analysing three weeks of June 2020, he said that in the second week of June, 51,086 samples were tested, which resulted in 15,221 cases, and 8,916 patients recovered. In the third week of June, 67,534 samples were tested, which diagnosed 15,095 cases, and 10,702 patients recovered. In the fourth week of June, 34,344 samples were tested, which produced 7,975 cases, and 7,110 patients got better.

    Talking about the first week of July, the CM said 18,934 samples were tested, which detected 4,806 cases, and 3,988 patients recovered.

    “This shows that we kept enhancing the testing capacity, educated people about the SOPs and succeeded in bringing down the detection rate and enhancing the recovery rate. This is the success story of our policy and better healthcare system,” he said.

    'We cannot screen everybody'

    Talking about the challenges to his government, Shah said that it was impossible to predict how many cases were there in a defined geographical area. The majority of cases were asymptomatic (more than 80%), he said and added every country had faced issues to implement SOPs.

    “We cannot screen everybody; therefore, we have adopted a policy of targeted screening. We don’t have unlimited resources; therefore, we have to allocate resources where minimum expenses on health could be ensured.”

    Shah, giving the example of District East, said that in Gulshan Town 247 and in Jamshed Town 214 cases were detected on June 17 when a selective lockdown was started. On July 2, when a selective lockdown was lifted, 283 cases were detected in Gulshan Town and 90 cases in Jamshed Town.

    During the lockdown, 66 patients recovered in Gulshan Town and 187 in Jamshed Town, which meant that the lockdown had turned to be the only option to contain the cases, the CM said, adding that they had decided to purchase more ventilators and more HDU beds with low and high oxygen arrangements.

    The meeting decided to convert 8,672 isolation beds into HDU beds in more than two phases. He asked the health minister to take the necessary measures to reduce deaths from strokes, pulmonary embolism and seizures.

    https://www.geo.tv/latest/296380-sin...virus-hotspots
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    Week-long smart lockdown to be imposed in 7 areas of Lahore

    Lahore administration has decided to seal seven areas where clusters of the novel coronavirus have been detected, Lahore District Commissioner Danish Afzal said.

    The smart lockdown in the areas will remain in place for a week. The areas include:

    Township, block A-2

    DHA-EME

    Wapda Town

    Johar Town, block C

    Chungi Amar Sadhu Main Bazaar and adjacent areas

    Punjab Government Scheme

    Green City


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    Pakistan saw a 28% reduction in coronavirus cases due to “smart lockdown” and the implementation of standard operating operation (SOPs), the National Command and Control Centre said on Sunday.

    According to the NCOC, the government’s decision to impose “smart lockdown” in areas reporting a spike in cases has produced the desired result as the number of cases has seen a steady decline.

    Quoting data collected by Express Tribune, the NCOC said “a significant reduction in the number of positive cases has emerged as the country crossed the 100-day mark in its fight against coronavirus.

    It added, “Smart lockdowns, a stronger enforcement effort, compliance of SOPs and the nationwide change in the behaviour can be credited for the current gains in the fight against COVID-19.”

    The NCOC’s report comes two days after Pakistan became the 11th most affected country in the world after reporting 243,000 COVID-19 cases and crossing the 5,000 fatalities’ mark.

    The rising death toll has also resulted in Pakistan overtaking China — the epicentre of the virus — in the number of deaths. Pakistan has also become the 18th worst-hit country by the coronavirus in terms of fatality.

    The NCOC added that as countries around the world juggle with strategies to flatten the COVID-19 curve, Pakistan's strategy won an unexpected endorsement from the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

    Guterres in his Twitter post had acknowledged that there was no choice between health or jobs in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. "They are interlinked. We will either win on all fronts or fail on all fronts," said the UN Secretary-General.

    WHO chief recognises Pakistan’s ‘positive trend’ in virus curtailment
    Earlier this week World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom lauded Pakistani government’s response against the coronavirus pandemic and ‘recognised the positive trend of virus curtailment’ in the country.

    An official statement said that the prime minister apprised the WHO DG of the measures undertaken by Pakistan to stem the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

    In relation to the premier's concern regarding travel restrictions, the global health watchdog assured the country's top representative that it is creating standard operating procedures to remove travel restrictions in future.

    In the conversation, the two sides also discussed contemporary situation due to the global pandemic.

    The prime minister told the WHO top official that the country has amplified healthcare facilities in wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Tedros also lauded the Pakistani government’s official response and measures to the disease that has infected millions across the globe.

    Pakistan as of today recorded more than 248,856 cases of the coronavirus and 5,197 deaths.

    https://www.geo.tv/latest/297579-pak...smart-lockdown


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