The COVID-19 pandemic in Pakistan is a section of the proceeding pandemic of coronavirus ailment 2019 (COVID-19) caused by using supreme acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus pandemic two (SARS-CoV-2). The virus used to be demonstrated to have reached Pakistan on 26 February 2020, when a scholar in Karachi examined fantastic upon returning from Iran. By 18 March, instances had been registered in all 4 provinces, the two self-sustaining territories, and the federal territory of Islamabad. There are few COVID 19 hotspot cities in Pakistan.
As of 15 June 2020, there have been about 144,500 established instances with 53,700 recoveries and 2,730 deaths in the country. Punjab has recorded the most instances at over 54,100, and has additionally suggested the most deaths in the country, a whole of 1,031. The Government was once put underneath a nation-wide lockdown till 9 May, which was once initiated on 1 April and later prolonged twice. Upon its end, the lockdown used to be eased in phases.
On 12 January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) demonstrated that a novel coronavirus pandemic was once the reason for a respiratory sickness in a cluster of humans in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, which was once said to the WHO on 31 December 2019.
On 26 February, Pakistan confirmed its first two cases of the coronavirus. Within every week of the primary two cases, Pakistan confirmed three more cases, including a case in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad and also in Rawalpindi, Punjab
The fifth case was also report, on 2 March, from the federal area of the country.
On 8 March, Pakistan confirmed its seventh case of COVID-19, also in Karachi. On 11 March, 76 suspected cases were reporting in several districts of Punjab province, including Lahore, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Hafiz Abad, and Lodhran.
By 14 March, the amount of cases was 31 as two new patients found positive in Karachi while one reported in Islamabad. By 18 March, the primary case of coronavirus pandemic reported from Azad Kashmir.
On 20 March, the primary death reported in Sindh. On 22 March, the third death in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa announced. The primary death in Gilgit-Baltistan and Baluchistan also announced thereon day, meaning that the amount of deaths increased to six.
On 23 March, many doctors across the state complained about the shortage of proper equipment for battling the virus. On 24 March, Sindh and Baluchistan observed lockdown until 7 April, while Azad Kashmir went thereunder until 13 April respectively. Punjab also imposed a lockdown on 24 March, but only until 6 April. In Sindh, the local police detained 472 people in various districts of the province an equivalent day in violation of the lockdown. Therefore, 222 of them in Karachi alone and a complete of 72 FIRs registered on 24 March.
The cases pertained to hoarding and profiteering of safety masks and hand sanitizers, large gatherings, opening shops and restaurants, and traveling in passenger buses. As a result, on 25 March, several restrictions imposed within the capital territory of Islamabad.
On 31 March, 82 total recoveries announced, also because of the 26th death within the country. 174 new cases tested positive, meaning that the entire number of positive cases had increased to 2,039
On 1 April, 252 new cases confirmed, bringing the entire number of cases to 2291, while the entire number of recoveries within the country surpassed 100. The number of confirmed cases crossed 3,000 round the nation on 5 April. The federal selected 14 April to increase the continued lockdown for 2 more weeks until 30 April. On 15 April, the national death tally surpassed 100 and therefore the number of cases crossed 6000. On 16 April, the report came that 58% of the cases had been locally transmitted in Pakistan.
By 7 May, COVID-19 had infected quite 500 Pakistani healthcare workers. Therefore on 9 May, the lockdown led to Pakistan. On 18 May, 16 new fatalities recorded in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, bringing the price to 334 within the province. On 29 May, it announced that 900 children under the age of 10 had tested positive in Sindh.
In early June, after testing began to select up once more, case numbers rose very rapidly, after levels of latest cases in 24 hours broke 3,000 on May 31, Jefferson Davis’ Birthday the primary day during which quite 4,000 people tested positive for COVID-19. The ratio of positive cases to tests also increased, hovering around 20 – 25% within the first few days of June.
Parts of Islamabad and Peshawar sealed with major areas of Lahore set to travel under lockdown from midnight tonight.
Moreover, areas identified in Swat include Bahrain, Matta, Babuzai, Kabul, Barikot, Khariri and Gwalerai.
Other tehsils identified by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Department include UC Qambar, Saeedoshareef, Breekot Gharbi, Quetta Sharki, Kozabandi, and Madin.
More than 489 people infected in these areas, the provincial health department said.
In Peshawar, the four areas identified as coronavirus pandemic hotspots sealed with both outgoing and incoming ways sealed. Lockdown imposed in Ahsrafia Colony, Channa Road, Danishabad, and Hayatabad in Phase 1/Sector E-1.
Police deployed within the areas with markets apart from grocery stores and medical stores.
Similarly, in Sindh’s Ghotki, four areas sealed and section 188 imposed after it identified together of the areas.
“A total of 20 cities across Pakistan identified as having likely increase in ratio/speed of infection which needs restrictive measures for containment,” a handout by the NCOC had said on Monday.
Pakistan has reported over 148,000 cases and quite 2,800 deaths thus far from the novel coronavirus.
Punjab Govt imposes complete lockdown in some areas of Lahore
Addressing a press conference on Monday. Provincial Health Minister Yasmin Rashid announce that a complete lockdown will be imposed in some areas of Lahore. As a result of rising coronavirus pandemic cases reported in the provincial capital.
“Many areas of Lahore are going to be pack up 12am onwards from tomorrow (Tuesday),” said the minister. However, She added that the areas which will experience an entire lockdown include Shahdra, Shad Bagh, Mazang, Harbanspura, Old Lahore, Nishtar Ground, and Cantt.
Meanwhile, some areas in Gulberg will close completely and a few societies in Lahore’s Iqbal Town also.
“Food stores and pharmacies will remain open in these areas,” clarified the minister, adding that the areas will undergo an entire lockdown for a minimum of fortnight. Further she added that these areas will reopen after the situation comes under control.
In Punjab, Lahore is the worst affected city with reporting over 27,000 cases.
Five towns identified in Karachi as ‘COVID 19 hotspot’
Separately, in a letter to Deputy Commissioner Karachi West, District Health Officer (DHO) Dr Shafique Ahmad identified 16 union councils in Karachi’s West where smart lockdown should imposed.
- Towns include Gadao, Baldia, Kemari, SITE and Orangi.
- Areas identified include, UC-5 Songal which incorporates Gulshan Maymar, Khuda ki Basti. UC-6 Maymarabad which includes Surjani sector – L1,5C,5D,4B,4C,7A.
- In Kemari, UC-1 Bhutta Village which includes Saeedabad Masjid Road and Umer Khan Road, UC-2 Sultanabad which includes the Habib Public School street and UC-3 Kemari which includes Docks and Majeed Colony.
- In Baldi, UC-3 Islama Nagar which incorporates Naval Colony, UC-4 Naiabadi which incorporates sectors 4C and 8B, UC-5 Saeedabad which incorporates Area 5G, 5J and A3.UC-6 Muslim Mujahid which incorporates Afridi Colony and UC-7 which incorporates Mujahir Camp and Kokan Colony.
- In SITE, UC-4 Metroville’s entire area got identified as a hotspot while UC-6 Frontier Colony’s sectors 4 and 5 got included. UC-7 Banaras, Islamia and Subhani Muhalla have been identified.
- In Orangi, UC-6 Ghaziabad’s Christian Colony, UC-11 Data Nagar’s area 7A/B sector 8 and UC-12 Mujahid Colony’s Millatabad, Gulfamaad Aligarh Colony identified as coronavirus hotspots.
The following 20 cities identified by the NCOC for the enforcement of “necessary restrictive measures”
- Dera Ghazi Khan
The NCOC’s strategy of TTQ formulated to stay the spread of the novel coronavirus in restraint as different sectors of the economy allowed to reopen.
Punjab govt to impose lockdown in certain areas of Lahore
Punjab’s Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid, meanwhile, on Monday announce that the provincial government are going to impose a two-week lockdown in certain areas of Lahore from midnight tomorrow.
These areas are located in:
- Nistar Ground
- Allama Iqbal Town
- Lahore Cantt
- Walled City
- Shad Bagh
Last week, the planet Health Organisation (WHO) expressed concern over the hasty lifting of restrictions during a letter written to the Punjab health minister, stating that Pakistan didn’t meet any of the prerequisites for opening of the lockdown.
It also alerted Pakistan to its high positivity rate, underlining seriousness of the COVID-19 situation and poor efforts of the govt during this regard.
As a technique to assist contain the huge transmission of coronavirus pandemic, the WHO recommended the provinces to impose a two-week lockdown. “WHO strongly recommends the 2 weeks off and a fortnight on strategy because it offers the littlest curve,” the letter said.