'Things will get much worse if govt doesn't ramp-up testing,' says Dr Atta-ur-Rahman 1

‘Things will get much worse if govt doesn’t ramp-up testing,’ says Dr Atta-ur-Rahman

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Professor Atta-ur-Rahman, president of the Prime Minister’s National Science and Technology Task Force, said he foresaw the coronavirus situation in the country would worsen and urged the government to increase the detection of suspected patients .

“The government should carry out testing for 30,000-40,000 patients on a daily basis. So far we see merely 2,000-3,000 being tested,” he said, in a conversation with the media.

“The data coming in of patients across the country is not indicative of the true picture. The real number of patients is much higher.”

Dr Rahman said that under the supervision of Lahore’s University of Health Sciences Vice Chancellor Dr Javed Akram, a series of clinical trials of a few drugs will begin next week.

He said the epidemic form of the disease in Pakistan will become clear in the next 10 days.

Reiterating the need for testing, Dr Rahman said that the disease is “rapidly spreading like wildfire” and had brought even nations like the United States “to its knees”.

Speaking of the need for strict containment measures to curb the spread of the virus, he said that people who left their homes without justified reasons should be “thrown in prison.”

“If we don’t take strict action now, things could get out of hand,” he said.

While praying that he had been proven wrong, Dr. Rahman said that things would be much worse than we expected, and he emphasized again that the government should take tougher quarantine measures and greater detection capabilities.

“Tests should be free and generally available”
At the same time, PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif said the government should expand testing.

“We need to be able to test everyone and for that we need a specific action plan,” said Hibbaz.

He asked to provide the test free of charge and patients with hospital coronavirus should be immediately kept in a separate facility.

PML-N leaders say wedding halls, schools, colleges and even mosques can be used to isolate patients.

He also asked the government to provide truthful facts about the tests. He also called for a stricter implementation of social isolation measures.

The total number of infections in the country broke 1,500 on Saturday. On Sunday, three new people died and a total of 15 people died of the disease.

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