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In order to curb the spread of the rapidly growing coronavirus, the World Health Organization suggested that Pakistani authorities impose “intermittent lockdowns” on target areas to the effect as the country does not meet the global requirements for uplifting restrictions.

After the government had lifted its lockdown on 9 May with economic pressures, a flood of new cases has hit the South Asian country. There were 108,316 reported cases and 2,172 fatalities, with a total of 105 fatalities on Monday.

The letters sent by the WHO to the health authorities of Pakistan’s two most populous provinces, Punjab and Sindh, on 7 June, stressed the need to mitigate the risk of the collapse of the health care system.

Government statistics show that over the last two weeks, over one in five people tested positive for COVID-19, compared to one in 10 before the lock-down was removed.

The letter states that the WHO recommends six conditions for lifting constraints, including under control disease transmission that can detect, test, isolate and treat any case, track every contact, establish essential places of prevention, and educate, engage and empower communities to live under a new normal. None of the conditions have been met by Pakistan, the letter said.

The WHO’s concerns were supported both by Punjab and Sindh authorities and the province’s cabinets will be discussing the recommendations. The letter states that it is extremely important to develop the capacity to perform 50,000 tests daily.

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