Firdous Ashiq Awan Reveals How She Used the System to Hide Her COVID-19 Infection

Former Special Assistant to Prime Minister On Information and Broadcast, Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan, has admitted to being infected and making a complete recovery from the coronavirus without making the news public.

She informed this while speaking to the news reporters in Sialkot on Sunday. Awan said that she identified the lapses in the system by hiding the coronavirus test results.

I identified gaps in our system by easily hiding my coronavirus test result. Only I and the lab where I got tested knew of my sample.


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Dr. Firdous reflected on her battle with the virus during the informal conversation with media persons. She recalled how the consumption of Sana Makki leaf qehwa made her condition worse.

My family forced me to drink Sana Makki qehwa, which I didn’t want to, as it wasn’t medically proven yet. My immunity collapsed after drinking it and my health worsened. However, I recovered and am now doing fine.

Pakistan reported its first case of coronavirus on February 26. Since then, over 280,000 COVID-19 infections have been reported in the country while 249,000 of them have recovered. Around 6,000 fatalities have been reported and nearly 31,000 actives cases remain.


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According to the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), the cases are declining with each passing day and things are getting better.

The government has reduced testing under its new policy and none of the incoming passengers are being tested. Passengers are being quarantined on arrival, and only those who exhibit symptoms are tested.

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