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Lockdown Amid Coronavirus Fears

NIH team shifting a COVID-19 positive patient to PIMS. Source: Twitter.

The provinces of Pakistan have sought the assistance of the Pakistan Army under Article 245 of the constitution to help deal with the coronavirus situation. The number of people tested positive for coronavirus as of now in Pakistan are in hundreds, and increasing constantly. The complete lockdown has now become a necessary evil.

During the COVID-19 outbreak, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan have practiced smart social-distancing and closed down certain venues. Italy’s nationwide quarantine has since become a precedent for other countries, including Spain and France. The ban has only left open grocery stores, banks, and pharmacies, and is expected to remain in place until April 3.

Italy, where the death toll exceeds that of China, is the epicenter of the outbreak in Europe with more than 41,000 confirmed cases and over 3,400 deaths so far.

Europe and the U.S. have military enforced lockdowns in place to discourage the spread of the outbreak. A vigorous policy of testing seems to have slowed the virus’s spread in South Korea. In Vo, a town in Italy, thorough and repeated testing of the inhabitants has stopped new infections entirely, says the report of The Economist.

All countries should be able to test all suspected cases, they cannot fight this pandemic blindfolded,” says Tedros Adhanom WHO head. Without adequate testing for Sars-Nov-2, the novel coronavirus that is now sweeping rapidly world over there can be no isolation of cases and the chain of infection will not be broken, he added.

Blue Sky Rescue team disinfects a residential area in Beijing. Photo source: EPA.

China’s example is worth seeing to contain the spread of viruses as the country is emerging from the nationwide lockdowns that were initiated in January. Life in China is returning to normal. Stores are reopening on the mainland that was hardest hit by the outbreak.

Over 3,700 of China’s “A-level” designated scenic tourist attractions are now open, The Forbes reported. Almost all the retail stores in China that were previously shuttered have also reopened their doors. Social distancing, proper hygiene, free testing, and detection facilities, and last but not the least a complete social lockdown can help break the chain infecting thousands across the globe.

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