PESHAWAR – Pakistan’s coronavirus outbreak is surging again with authorities imposing new “mini, smart lockdowns” to prevent a second wave of infections as winter approaches and Pakistanis increasingly flout social distancing and mask-wearing precautions.
A health official (L) collects a swab sample from a student to test for the Covid-19 coronavirus at a government school in Lahore on October 1, 2020.
Dr Khizar Hayat, chairman of Young Doctor Association Punjab, however, said the recent rise in coronavirus cases was still negligible and not alarming.
In mid-June, Pakistan was at the peak of its Covid-19 outbreak with daily spread hitting the 7,000 mark.
Pakistan’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has been inadequate as hospitals still lack crucial protective suits and other supplies.