Feature The second wave of the novel coronavirus pandemic is as serious as the start of the winter season in both the country and the world.
The first wave’ suffered less than anticipated human and economic casualties due to extraordinary interventions, well-designed policies and the nation’s collective response. Much has also been established during the first phase’ of the virus in terms of formulating and implementing methods to address the threat.
However, due to the growing severity and mutation of the virus, the second wave appears to be very dangerous for both the health and economy of the country. Consequently, the public is repeatedly made aware of the need to behave responsibly by strictly adhering to the Health Standards under the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to contain the spread of the virus.
Only national-scale implementation of safety measures will help protect the masses from the ‘second wave’ disaster caused by the winter season.
The virus is spread either by direct contact with the infected person or with the droplets of the infected person’s cough or sneeze or by touching the surface of the infected person’s cough or sneeze. Later on, touching the mouth or face with infected hands, as the COVID-19 virus can live on the surface for a few hours.
It is a must to ensure that medical masks are worn, that physical distance is right, that handshakes are avoided, and that the risk of coronavirus is minimized. Similarly, the government must strictly implement ‘intelligent lockout’ strategies in the region.
In conjunction with the national security apparatus, the targeted surveillance, testing, and quarantine system are important for overcoming the increasing number of Covid-19 cases by sealing the areas of contaminated cluster populations (hotspots).
By taking several steps, the government has tightened the controls in order to contain the outbreak.
In public, the wearing of face masks was made obligatory. While cinemas, theaters, and shrines were closed, large-scale public gatherings were banned.
Similarly, workers employed in offices, outdoor meetings including political rallies (maximum 500 people), closure of all parks by 6 pm, and shopping malls, markets, banquet halls and restaurants by 10 pm have also been partly limited.
In order to cope with the increase in coronavirus cases in educational institutions, the government has announced extended winter vacations. According to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), since October 12, the number of infections has increased threefold and warned of another lockout if the SOPs continued to be broken.
An official WhatsApp number 03353336262 (0335333NCOC) has also been launched by the NCOC to record images and locations of public violations related to Covid-19 SOPs.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Senator Prof. Dr. Mehr Taj Roghani said According to my personal anecdotal observations, with a higher death ratio, the intensity of the ‘second wave’ of coronavirus was more lethal.” She said the government was making every possible effort to devise measures to help safeguard people’s health according to the evolving situation.
While talking to the department, Polyclinic Hospital Spokesman Dr. Arsalan said that the incidence of coronavirus infection has risen in the last few days.
He said people should be sensitized in order to take precautionary measures to avoid the spread of the virus by mass awareness campaigns. He said Before it gets too late, the administration should strictly enforce the corona safety guidelines.” Dr. Mehr Taj Roghani said that with concerted efforts by the concerned authorities, media, civil society, and the public, the government could resolve the challenge.
She said that in the first wave, Pakistan took prompt action and played a responsible role in mitigating the virus.
With the assistance of the masses, she said, it will also fight the infection of viruses in the ‘second wave’.