COVID-19 Outbreak in Pakistan: Implications and Future Outlook

Key Points: 

  • During the first phase of the pandemic, Pakistan was well on track to follow the trajectory of countries severely hit by the virus.
  • Due to the decentralisation of the Health Ministry following the 18th Amendment, there has been a lack of singular direction from the Centre in the current situation; leaving it to the provincial governments to execute their decisions in accordance with their interpretation of the situation.
  • With people not willing to self-quarantine, clerical establishment resisting in shutting down gatherings at mosques, a limited availability of testing kits and insufficient health infrastructure, the fifth most populous country faces a grave challenge in the form of coronavirus.
  • There are several population segments, which cumulatively constitute to about 155 million, which are at higher risk of severity and fatality from COVID-19 infection.
  • It remains imperative for federal and provincial governments to synchronise their efforts in a more robust and consolidated manner to decrease the spread of COVID-19.

Fahad Nabeel

Fahad Nabeel is an independent researcher, and he tweets @fahadnabeelfn

Maryam Raashed

Maryam Raashed is a former Research Assistant at the Centre for Strategic and Contemporary Research. She is a graduate of International Relations from National Defence University, Islamabad.

Syeda Ailiya Naqvi

is Managing Editor at the Center for Strategic and Contemporary Research.

Talha Ibrahim

is the Director Academics at the Centre for Strategic and Contemporary Research.

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