Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Special Assistant on Health, Dr. Faisal Sultan, says that the second coronavirus wave has begun in Pakistan.
While addressing a news conference on Tuesday, Faisal said that strict coronavirus restrictions are required after a spike in COVID-19 deaths and the positivity ratio across the country.
Prime Minister’s aide informed that 400-500 cases were recorded daily a few weeks ago in Pakistan, but now the numbers have raised 700-750 infection per day.
“The coronavirus death rate has increased in the country. The positivity ratio had surged to 2.5-2.75%,” he said.
Dr. Faisal criticized the general public as they do not follow COVID-19 precautions, thinking that the pandemic is over, but it isn’t.
He added that Pakistan has to focus on areas with a higher positivity ratio as the country is entering a phase where we need to tighten coronavirus curbs. An official plan to curb the spread would be prepared soon.
PM’s assistant said that specialists were thinking about a few plans and proposals to force limitations to stem the spread of the deadly virus.
He urged local administrations to execute the given SOPs and cautioned that the administration would force a fine on individuals who didn’t follow Covid protocols in public places.
He suggested that the same business timings that were during lock must be imposed considering the latest spike.
Dr. Faisal believed that country would defeat the second wave if people follow precautions. He added that the government plans to set up a hotline for the public, who could complain about the violations in public places.
According to official statistics, Pakistan has reported 329,375 coronavirus cases, 6,745 deaths, and 311,440 recoveries from the pandemic.