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Friday 2nd June 2023 / 13 Zulkaedah 1444

Lifting COVID-19 lockdown may worsen situation again, warns health expert

ISLAMABAD: Head of infectious diseases at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) Dr. Nasim Akhtar has warned that lifting COVID-19 lockdown in Pakistan may worsen the situation again in the country.
In light of a decreasing number of coronavirus infections across the country, the government decided to lift restrictions, which were imposed to curb the spread of the virus.
Different restrictions imposed in March, including the closure of schools, marriage halls, cinemas, international and domestic flights, helped the country bring down the death toll and the recovery rate to over 85 percent.

Read more: Lockdown over, is Pakistan coronavirus free?

Dr. Nasim Akhtar, in a report, stated that the patients started coming into his facility’s coronavirus ward after Eidul Azha observed last week. “Cases registered a sharp increase after Eidul Fitr, and this can happen now again with the lifting of the lockdowns,” she maintained.
She maintained that the government should have kept the restaurants and other public spaces closed for at least another two weeks instead of announcing their reopening. “This is a bit early, and may worsen the situation again,” Akhtar said.
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