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Covid Impact In Pakistan

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on overall economies worldwide, and has impacted Pakistan’s already trembling economy. It has upended life as we know it. As we all know, the virus spreads at an alarming rate, and the fallout has spanned the globe, exposing the ill-preparedness of governments, health systems, and social safety networks to respond to the longstanding and emerging needs of people – especially relating to the health and rights of women and girls. Pakistan currently has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in South Asia – we have more than 6,500 confirmed cases, and with over 140 deaths, it has begun to strain our healthcare systems. The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, has repeatedly raised his concerns that Pakistan's health system will not be able to bear the load in case of a rapid increase of the virus here. Right after the pandemic surfaced, Pakistan took stringent measures, which has enabled us to control it from mass spread so far. But during previous months, some laxity was shown when it came to people travelling into the country, as well as the continuation of religious congregations. The lockdown has been extended, but the COVID-19 situation is becoming more aggressive day by day.

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