Pakistan Response to COVID-19 praised by WHO

A health official of an emergency rescue service checks the body temperature of a government employee in Peshawar, Pakistan, Thursday, March 12, 2020. The vast majority of people recover from the new coronavirus. According to the World Health Organization, most people recover in about two to six weeks, depending on the severity of the illness. (AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad)

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World Health Organisation chief Dr Tedros Adhanom has praised the Pakistani government’s response against coronavirus and “recognised the positive trend of virus curtailment” in the country.

Federal Minister for Planning Asad Umar said that Prime Minister Imran Khan spoke to the WHO DG today, where he urged the health body to formulate travel rules without any discrimination for all the countries in the light of the coronavirus pandemic

“PM asked WHO to develop travel guidelines to be adopted by all countries to ensure that low income countries are not discriminated against in global travel.”

The prime minister told the WHO top official that the country has amplified healthcare facilities in wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Tedros also lauded the Pakistani Government’s official response and measures to the disease that has infected millions across the globe.

Pakistan as of today recorded 233,500 cases of the coronavirus and 4,800 deaths. Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Shibli Faraz on July 4 had credited Prime Minister Imran Khan’s “smart lockdown” strategy for striking a balance between people’s lives and starvation.

Faraz, while claiming that the strategy had “succeeded” against the virus, said: “The world also followed the smart lockdown strategy of PM Imran.”

The minister was speaking at an event at Polyclinic Hospital to acknowledge the frontline role of doctors, nurses and paramedical staff in the fight against coronavirus in the last 100 days.

“The strategy of smart lockdown is succeeding in Pakistan and its results can be seen in Islamabad and other areas of the country,” he said, adding: “In Islamabad, 771 cases of coronavirus were reported on June 1 and now the number of cases have dropped to 113 due to the smart lockdown strategy.”

The information minister appreciated that people had adopted SOPs and helped in mitigating the disease.

“The efforts against coronavirus remain successful because of a balanced campaign. However, the danger of coronavirus still exists and it is our national obligation to follow the SOPs,” he added.

The country recorded 3,344 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the past 24 hours, taking the countrywide tally to 231,817 and casualties to 4,762 with addition of 50 more deaths in the past 24 hours.

According to the National Command and Operation Centre, 3,344 new cases were detected when 22,271 tests were conducted in the previous 24 hours.

95,407 COVID-19 patients are undergoing treatment and 131,649 patients have recuperated from the disease.

94,528 cases have been detected in Sindh so far, 81, 963 in Punjab, 28,116 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 10,814 in Balochistan, 13, 494 in Islamabad, 1,342 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and 1,561 in Gilgit Baltistan.