This was an unexpected result in a country whose neighbors — India and Bangladesh — still have growing case numbers. But the country might not be out of danger just yet.Jalal Baig
Saman Hamid could not recall the last time an infection made her feverish. So when the thermometer continued to register a temperature above 38°C (100.4°F), she worried her body was dealing with something more virulent than anything it had encountered before. Soon after, she lost her sense of taste and smell, and developed a cough, severe fatigue, and breathlessness. A COVID-19 test and chest X-ray confirmed what her family and friends had quietly resigned themselves to: Hamid was now part of Pakistan’s ballooning list of coronavirus cases.
It was mid-June and coronavirus cases were crescendoing in Pakistan after the Eid al-Fitr holiday in the last week of May. On June 14, the numbers peaked as Pakistan registered 6,825 new infections. Pakistan’s chronically underfunded hospitals were teeming with COVID-19 cases, available beds were scarce, and prospective patients could not find a hospital to admit them. Essential medicines, oxygen, and ventilators
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