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Von Sunita Hameed, Bundesfreiwilligendienstleistende am Gymnasium Calvarienberg, Christin aus Pakistan
The 2019 – 2020 Corona virus pandemic was conformed to have reached Pakistan in February.
On 26 February, ( 1 month, 1 week and 3 days) Pakistan conformed its first cases of the Corona virus. Both patients had recently returned from Iran. As of 5th April 2020, the number of conformed cases in the country is 2,899.
- Conformed cases: 2,899
- Active cases: 2,684
- Deaths: 45
- Recoveries: 170
- Highest number of cases are in Punjab province.
Multiple regions across the country have imposed lock-downs until mid April to stem the outbreak. These include Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan and Azad Kashmir, while Gilgit-Baltistan has imposed lock down indefinitely.
According to a report by the federal government, Pakistan could expect 50,000 cases of disease by 25 April.
In a recent coronavirus-related address to the nation, Pakistan’s prime minister, Imran Khan, stated that “25% of Pakistanis cannot afford to eat two times a day.” As the country issues more stringent lock down measures and forces people to stay home, many daily wage earners here from street-food vendors to shoe-shiners – now haven’t earned a rupee in weeks, and they’re going hungry.
He also summed up Pakistan’s grave reality: „If we shut down the cities… we save them from corona at one end, but they will die from hunger on the other side. Pakistan does not have the conditions that are in the United States or Europe. Our country has grave poverty.“
But it also has hope: Amid the pandemic, Pakistanis are bonding together to assist the less fortunate in a unique and inspiring way. Specifically, many are offering zakat, the traditional Muslim charity tax, for daily wage earners who have no paid leave, health insurance or financial safety net. But according to Muslims faith Christian can not take zakat. Zakat is only for Muslim People.
Prime Minster’s COVID-19-Pandemic-Relief-Fund-2020 has been set up to help us fights this pandemic. „I want everyone to donate towards this fund which will be used to take care of all those who have been made destitute by the lock down.“
God protect to all over the world.