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Lahore: There are an estimated 670,000 asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 in the city of Lahore, Pakistan, a government report has warned the Punjab provincial government, for urging authorities to prepare health facilities for an “unprecedented surge” in the number of infections.

Lahore is the capital of Punjab, which is one of the worst affected provinces in the country with 27,850 confirmed cases of the corona virus.

Pakistan on Tuesday reported 3,938 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of infections to 76,398 in the country with 1,621 deaths.

According to a report by the Punjab Primary and Secondary Health department released on Monday, a recent sample survey was carried out in a large part of Lahore, a city of 12 million people, to detect patients suspected of being COVID-19.

Following the percentage of people who test positive, an estimated 670,000 asymptomatic patients in Lahore may be infected with the virus, the report said.

The report further said, taking into account the increasing number of cases, especially in Lahore, it was recommended that timely plans for capacity building could be implemented in all health facilities to deal with an unprecedented situation that would likely emerge in the coming days.

Furthermore, the report said that no workplaces and residential areas in any city were free of viruses.

The whole of Lahore shows a similarly alarming pattern of transmission and the age group most severely affected is 50 years and over, he said.

A detailed summary of the survey report was delivered to Chief Punjab Minister Usman Buzdar last month.

In the report, the department has proposed full closure for four weeks to stop the spread of the deadly virus.

He also advised the government to declare it was important for people to stay indoors and not dare to go out.

The Punjab government loosened the lockdown in the last week of May and on Monday it loosened it again, allowing businesses to open for five days a week.

In some cities, the results stated that 14.7 percent of the sample returned with positive results. The report said that there were no areas in or near Lahore where the infection had not yet reached.

Reacting to the report, the Vice President of the Pakistan Muslim League (N) Opposition and the daughter of former Nawaz prime minister Sharif Maryam Nawaz advised the Imran Khan government to come out of “Nawaz syndrome” and consume its energy to control the spread of COVID -19.

While people suffer and lose their lives not only because of Corona but also because of unprecedented inability, neglect and criminal apathy, the government continues to suffer from Nawaz Sharif’s syndrome, he said in a tweet.

He chided the government for his inability, asking him to start working.

Get off work if you know how to do it, get help if you don’t, he said.

Uploading news pictures about reports of 670,000 estimated COVID-19 patients in Lahore, Maryam said, it was a classic case and could not be corrected from priorities that were very misplaced.


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