How one lie exposed the entire village to COVID-19 threat in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

When the sick patient was brought to the hospital, her relatives lied that she had no travel history.


One lie of the relatives of one of the first COVID-19 patients from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa put the lives of thousands of the people in jeopardy. They hid the fact that the patient had a travel history and had recently returned after performing Umrah.

Asking to stay anonymous, a resident of the Lower Dir district, informed Independent Urdu that the woman, along with her daughter and son-in-law, came back after performing Umrah on the 15th of March. After returning, they arranged a dinner for the villagers, which more than 200 people attended.

The woman and her son-in-law also had political influence, which is why many people showed up to meet them. Soon after it, she became sick and was taken to Hayatabad Medical Complex Peshawar. The patient, who had a medical history of diabetes and cardiac issues, was admitted to the cardiac unit as the relatives accompanying her said that she had no travel history.

After her health deteriorated further and she was taken to the Intensive Care Unit, the medical staff was informed that she returned from Saudi Arabia about ten days ago. 

One irresponsible lie claimed her life. Later, she was tested positive for COVID-19 and the entire medical staff who was dealing with her was quarantined. Her entire village, which comprises of a population of about 1200, was declared a quarantine as well.

Zeenat al Islam, a relative of the deceased, informed the said media source that there is an atmosphere of fear in the village because majority of people went to meet her and then also attended her funeral.

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