Pakistan “ill-prepared” for another Covid-19 wave: Report

26 December, 2022 | Vaishali Sharma

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According to local media, Pakistan appears to be unprepared to prevent the spread of probable coronavirus infection, despite assertions by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) that the ...

According to local media, Pakistan appears to be unprepared to prevent the spread of probable coronavirus infection, despite assertions by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) that the Covid-19 situation in the country is being monitored.

According to the Dawn, no precautionary measures, such as fast testing and screening of arriving travellers, have been implemented at the country’s airports to detect Covid-19 instances. According to a report by the National Institute of Health Pakistan, 15 new cases were detected in the country on Sunday. The case positive rate was 0.4%, and 16 individuals were reported to be critically ill.

In terms of Covid tests, around 406 were done in Islamabad, 107 in Faisalabad, 920 in Lahore, and 321 in Peshawar.

Although, on the topic of the ill-preparedness of the country regarding the virus spread, independent specialists in the county say that the NCOC must now publish fresh rules and offer a “position statement”.

As the virus has been gripping China again and can enter Pakistan at any time.

Microbiologist Prof Javaid Usman said that in China virus started spreading at a fast pace after restrictions were suddenly lifted. He added that currently, the atmosphere due to a lack of rainfall has become polluted, with dust acting as one of the major pollutants.

Further, Usman said that “Such atmosphere contains Influenza, swine flu (H1N1), non-Covid-19 coronaviruses, para-influenza viruses, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Due to the presence of all these other germs, it becomes difficult to tell if a person is suffering from Covid-19 or some other virus,” according to the Dawn report.

Prof Dr Javed Akram a renowned general physician told Dawn that the transmission rate of the virus has increased over the months. He also mentioned that there was no evidence of whether the vaccines were effective against the new covid variants.

“Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has become corona positive. He was unwell for two days. The corona test was done today on the advice of the doctor. The public and the workers are requested to pray for the speedy recovery of the Prime Minister,” Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb said in a tweet.

Sharif has tested positive for Covid for the third time. Previously, Pakistan PM tested positive for Covid-19 in January of this year and again in June of 2020. The president of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), a cancer survivor, last tested positive for COVID-19 in January 2022.