While it hasn’t been long since the first case of coronavirus was confirmed in Pakistan, the tally has risen to 447 (and counting). Learning a lesson through others’ experiences might be a difficult thing to do for us rebellious (and we’re being kind with our words here) Pakistanis. But the fact of the matter is that all the countries currently on lock-down were our first clue that this virus is not to be taken lightly.
NEW: the Thursday 19 March update of our coronavirus mortality trajectories tracker
• Italy now has more Covid-19 deaths than China’s total
• UK remains on a steeper mortality curve than Italy, while Britain remains far from lockdown
— John Burn-Murdoch (@jburnmurdoch) March 19, 2020
However, some people not only made a joke out of the virus but they also ignored all precautionary guidelines. Especially the elites, who are still organizing and attending parties.
So far I have only seen one restaurant closing in Lahore — X2. Other restaurants need to follow warna these Lahori elites won’t stop
— Soha (@SohaTazz) March 16, 2020
According to reports, ex-senator Waqar Gulzar’s sister is receiving a lot of heat on the internet. She allegedly came to Pakistan from the UK amidst the viral outbreak and “refused to stay home.” The lady was later tested positive for coronavirus in Gulberg, Lahore.
Everyone took this as a warning sign and a learning moment:
A v rich family in Lahore has blocked the road outside their house to ‘protect themselves’, near my house. One of them came back from UK and has tested postive. She refused to stay at home, and went to every Lahori function/wedding/dinner. Don’t be a dumbass, and STAY AT HOME.
— Hira Qureshi (@hiraq36) March 18, 2020
— Madiha (@Madi22946435) March 18, 2020
Lahori's, you're senseless idiots!
The Punjab government is conducting tests of dozens of people after Nazia Gulzar, sister of an influential former senator Waqar Gulzar, was tested positive in Lahore’s Gulberg area.https://t.co/XaPb4ApPRJ
— Isolated𝕬𝖚𝖗𝖔𝖗𝖆 𝕭𝖔𝖗𝖊𝖆𝖑𝖎𝖘 (@PropitiousOn3) March 18, 2020
The ex-senator’s sister was allegedly seen attending a gathering of around 60 people in Cafe Aylanto. Authorities fear the virus might have spread in the area, putting everyone’s lives in danger.
The senator’s house was soon quarantined after her test results came positive for COVID-19. Assistant Commissioner Model Town Zeeshan Ranjha confirmed the news saying,
She is a sister of Senator Waqar Gulzar and now she is at Mayo Hospital.
The patient, like many other elites, was reluctant to get tested for the virus and opted for a private lab test.
The officials are trying to upgrade and improve quarantine facilities and many people are being tested currently to estimate the spread of the virus in Lahore.
Punjab Chief Minister Buzdar said:
We will provide support wherever required and even to any other province if they need it.
We will negotiate with the Balochistan government on Taftan as to whether we should set up our camp [there] or facilitate them but we will do whatever we can for our people at the border.
It’s about time that people wake up and realize that they’re putting the lives of their family members in danger every time they go out and not maintain social distancing.
If you’re in your 20s there’s no danger of dying from the coronavirus, but you could spread it to older family members
So basically, take the $4,500 and become a quarantined guinea pig pic.twitter.com/TBUzszFa0W
— Di📈o Joe (@Avialae_Joe) March 11, 2020
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