Corona Pandemic in Pakistan

Coronavirus or Covid-19 is an infectious disease that has rocked the planet owing to its destructiveness. The initial cases of Covid-19 were reported in central China’s city of Wuhan in late 2019. The symptoms of coronavirus include fever, cough, flu, and difficulty in breathing. These symptoms range from mild to severe. Over 41 million cases of infection have been reported and over 1.8 million people have succumbed to this virus.

 

Coronavirus entered Pakistan on February 26, 2020 and spread like a forest fire. The provincial and federal governments responded promptly to the calls of the World Health Organization to implement preventive measures. Large-scale testing of the public was started immediately, and the government imposed a lockdown nationwide. But, due to the lack of healthcare infrastructure, the pandemic kept on spreading. Ignorance of and disregard of preventive measures also added to the ever-increasing cases of the Covid-19.

 

The government of Pakistan shut down markets and suspended educational activities. International travel bans were also imposed to avoid transmission. The closure of businesses and international travel ban brought business activities to all-time low. Many people were sacked from their jobs and the students were restricted to online studies. It culminated in a financial tragedy for the underprivileged. But the wealthy class stepped in and started charity campaigns which somehow benefited the labour class.

 

Spike in Corona cases put Pakistanis on edge, especially in the month of May. An average of 5000 cases were being reported on a daily basis. Pakistan reported 292000 total cases of the coronavirus in August with 6200 causalities. Meanwhile, the government started lifting lockdown to restart the economic activities, but educational activities remained halted. The construction sector was given an economic package to attract more investment so that people can get jobs. The international observers warned Pakistan of severe consequences of opening lockdown too early. A spike in cases forced the government to impose a smart lockdown. Through smart lockdown government identified the hotspots of virus and completely sealed those areas.

 

Smart lockdown policy successfully brought down the number of Covid-19 patients in Pakistan. Pakistan virtually defeated the virus due to its stringent measures, which attracted a lot of praise from around the globe. The second wave of Covid-19 is underway in Pakistan, but the people are ready to defeat the disease with their willpower and protective measures as highlighted by the government of Pakistan.

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