Six months after the coronavirus arrived in Pakistan, the country appears to have avoided its worst pandemic.
Because health experts are confused about the reduction in corona cases in the country.
Following the initial spike, the number of infections has plummeted in recent weeks, with COVID-19 deaths hovering in the single digits every day while neighboring India counts hundreds of deaths.
Yet Pakistan has a long history of failing to tackle countless infectious diseases such as polio, tuberculosis, and hepatitis, while successive governments have been underfunded for the health care sector for decades.
In addition, many Pakistanis live in overcrowded multi-generational homes or apartment buildings that are supporting the rampant spread of the virus.
So, the decline in corona cases in this country is a puzzle for experts.
“Nothing can explain this decline … We don’t have a concrete explanation,” said Salman Haseeb, a doctor at the Hospital Service in the eastern city of Lahore.
Pakistanis have put forward many hypotheses about their country’s ability to cope with a pandemic, from a young population and a hot and humid climate to claims of natural immunity.
However, unfortunately, all these allegations have not been proven.