Deaths Due To Coronavirus Might Be Much More Than What Is Accounted For – Dr. Atta ur Rahman
PM Imran Khan justified easing the partial shutdown by stating that if businesses don't open soon, people will die of poverty and hunger, let alone the virus.
According to Bloomberg, Pakistan is being recognized as a pandemic hotspot in South Asia because of the worrying infection and death numbers. The country takes the second place on the list of most infected nations in Asia with over 150,000 cases, 3000 deaths and 2% fatality rate (compared to the 5% global average), while India tops the chart.
A government task force head stated:
Pakistan is understating the rate of infections and the death toll from the coronavirus.
Chairman of Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan’s task force on Science and Technology, Dr. Attaur Rahman, said that Pakistan’s real coronavirus statistics were far worse than what is apparent:
The actual numbers will be two to three times more than what the current figures say. Reasons being low testing and not accounting causes other than respiratory failure as Covid-19 deaths.
Pakistan’s coronavirus cases have multiplied ever since the second week of May, which marks the beginning of the relaxation in lockdown guidelines.
PM Imran Khan justified easing the partial shutdown by stating that if businesses don’t open soon, people will die of poverty and hunger, let alone the virus. However, a few days into the ease, the number of cases rose to an alarming number as people continue to defy the COVID-19 safety protocols.
The Health Department of Punjab, comprising public health specialists, statisticians, epidemiologists, applied economists, and public policy specialists, conducted random testing for Covid-19 in Lahore. The results shocked everyone: 6% of all tests came back positive, and in some areas, the percentage was as high as 14%, as reported by Voice of America.
Worrying stats were revealed by a member of the random testing group, Dr. Waheeduzzaman Tariq (a senior virologist):
Our calculations said the numbers were doubling every two weeks.
On May the 15th, the number of infected citizens in Lahore was calculated to be 670,800. The total number of people contracting the coronavirus was estimated to be 2.7 million in Lahore alone. These numbers forced the authorities to reconsider the relaxed lockdown guidelines and decide to seal residential localities in 20 major cities of Pakistan.
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