Pakistan reported 441 new cases of the novel coronavirus over the last 24 hours, lifting the national tally of cases to 296,590. The Coronavirus Killing not stopped as 18 More People Died.
According to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), eighteen more people succumbed to the highly contagious disease during this period, pushing the Coronavirus Killing toll from the virus to 6,318.
The number of active cases has gone down to 8,813 as 281,459 Covid-19 patients have recuperated from the disease. As many as 20,480 samples were tested during the previous 24 hours, bringing the number of tests conducted so far to more than 2.6 million.
There are 1,039 patients under treatment in 735 hospitals across the country, out of whom 90 are on ventilators.
On Sept 1, the World Health Organization had warned that countries with significant active spread of coronavirus must prevent amplifying events, as opening up without the virus being under control would be a “recipe for disaster.”
WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus recognised that many people are getting tired of restrictions and want to return to normality eight months into the pandemic. However, the Coronavirus Killing is not stopped.
“No country can just pretend the pandemic is over,” he said. “The reality is this virus spreads easily. Opening up without control is a recipe for disaster.”
The World Health Organization has advised practicing social distancing so as to reduce the spread of the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, but in a country like Pakistan, where there are millions of clerics promoting social gatherings and spreading misinformation (like that mentioned above), the WHO’s advice is considered a yahoodi saazish (Zionist conspiracy) by many of its poorly educated and illiterate citizens.
The Covid-19 curve in Pakistan is steepening with every passing day. The country is under a partial lockdown. The Coronavirus Killing include the economy killing as well. Businesses are operating at less than half of their normal capacities because of the shortage of raw materials, shortage of labor or restrictions on the movement of the citizens imposed by the provincial governments, which is taking a toll on aggregate demand and supply.