COVID Watch | 29th June 2020


8 More Rawalpindi Hotspots Sealed

District administration seal eight more densely populated hotspots in Rawalpindi on Sunday, June 28 for at least ten days. Areas include Barra Market, Dhoke Ali Akbar, Gulzar-e-Quaid, Khayaban-e-Sir Syed, Kotha Kalan, Morgha, Narnkari Bazaar and Takhat Pari.

Sindh Public Hospital Staff to be Tested

The Sindh government has issued orders to public hospitals to test its staff for the novel coronavirus, a move which health experts say should not have taken 3 months to initiate. Meanwhile the provincial health department has claimed that Sindh has the lowest number of infected healthcare workers. Moreover, the health department has also announced recommencement of contact tracing, which had been initially stopped due to “confusion”.

PIMA Demands Health Emergency

The Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (PIMA) has demanded that the government declare a health emergency across the country to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, insisting upon a strict 2-week long curfew in major cities as the country crosses 200,000 infections in spite of the government’s much touted smart lockdown.

Black Market for Plasma

Taking advantage of people desperate to treat their loved ones, plasma from alleged recovered COVID-19 patients is being openly sold for up to several lacs, despite a notification from the National Health Services against illegal black market trading of plasma and other drugs used for treating coronavirus patients. The demand for plasma exploded when the first patient to receive plasma treatment recovered, however experts have issued repeated warnings that plasma treatment is still highly experimental.