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first_imgIn comparison, Italy, with a median age of 46.5, has recorded more than 35,000 deaths, while Pakistan’s official toll is about 6,300.To date, the South Asian nation has confirmed more than 295,000 infections and currently is recording a few hundred new cases per day.Observers say that with only limited testing the true number of infections is likely considerably higher. One testing exercise in Lahore suggested as many as seven percent of the city’s population had been exposed to the virus.But anecdotal evidence from hospitals across Pakistan supports the downward trend.While healthcare facilities were initially swamped, doctors across Pakistan told AFP they are now no longer seeing a coronavirus-related rush on emergency services.”Regardless of the reasons, the good thing is the first wave of the virus is almost over in Pakistan,” said Khizer Hayat, a doctor at Nishtar hospital in the central city of Multan.”The situation is now under control and the number of coronavirus cases is dropping, the wards are emptying. It’s hard to know why.” Topics : ‘Smart’ lockdowns A flattening curve is all the more curious considering how the coronavirus has hit India, which with a median age of 26 and crowded cities has a somewhat similar demographic.Over the weekend, India set a new global record for the highest number of daily cases, with 78,761 new infections recorded in 24 hours, though Delhi is testing at a far higher rate than Islamabad.India has also reported more than 64,000 deaths — the third-highest globally after the United States and Brazil.Since recording its first case in late February, Pakistan has responded in fits and bursts to the pandemic, rolling out loose lockdowns that were later reversed, while crowds shunned social distancing guidelines and continued to flock to markets and mosques.Still, the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan has been quick to bask in the progress, crediting itself with “smart” lockdown policies and other measures, even though these were often not enforced.Last month, Pakistani authorities lifted most of the country’s remaining coronavirus restrictions after new cases dropped for several weeks.Restaurants and parks have reopened while people have flocked to theatres, malls, and crowded back onto public transport. Schools and universities are set to reopen later in September.Masks have become an increasingly rare sight, spurring warnings from experts for the public to remain vigilant over fears of a second wave. “People think we have defeated COVID-19 but my belief is that the chances of the second wave are still there,” warned Hassan Waseem, a microbiologist based in Pakistan.However, other doctors suspect the country has experienced the peak of the pandemic.”I would reluctantly say that there won’t be a second wave in Pakistan. Most urban centers in Pakistan like Lahore and Karachi have already seen the worst when it comes to coronavirus,” said Waheed Uz Zaman Tariq, head of the department of virology and infectious diseases at Chughtai Lab.”People must also understand that [the virus] is not completely gone,” he added. “Precautions must be taken still.” Six months after the coronavirus arrived in Pakistan, the country appears to have dodged the worst of the pandemic, baffling health experts and dampening fears its crowded urban areas and ramshackle hospitals will be overrun.Following an initial surge, the number of infections has plummeted in recent weeks, with COVID-19 deaths hovering in the single digits each day, while neighboring India tallies hundreds of fatalities.Pakistan has a long history of failing to contain myriad infectious diseases such as polio, tuberculosis and hepatitis, while successive governments have underfunded its healthcare sector for decades. Added to that, many Pakistanis live in crowded, multi-generational homes or packed apartment buildings that favor rampant virus transmission.”No one has been able to explain this decline… We don’t have any concrete explanation,” said Salman Haseeb, a doctor at Services Hospital in the eastern city of Lahore.Pakistanis have proposed numerous hypotheses for their country’s seeming ability to weather the pandemic, crediting everything from the young population and the hot and humid climate to unproven claims of natural immunity.Its median age is only 22 and the coronavirus is known to disproportionately impact older people with prior health complications.last_img read more


first_img In a statement published on West Brom’s official website on Friday, Peace – chairman since 2002 – said: “For a club of our resources, it was always going to be difficult to repeat our highest Premier League finish of eighth in the previous season. “However, it was not the campaign we hoped for or expected and, as chairman of the football club, the buck stops with me.” Few of the players signed by West Brom last term produced much in the way of success, and Peace emphasised Albion are particularly focusing on their recruitment policy. He said: “The squad we assembled during the summer transfer window – regarded in some outside quarters at the time as our strongest for more than three decades – has not performed as consistently or as well as we would have hoped. “We have been taking a long, hard look as to why this has proved to be the case, especially in terms of our player recruitment. “Of course, there is often a thin line between success and failure and some of the fine margins that appeared to go our way in previous campaigns did not this time around. “The Financial Fair Play rules mean there is now very little to choose between the teams below the top six whilst the influx of money from the new media rights deal has resulted in the league becoming more competitive than ever. “We recorded far too many draws and a run of key match decisions going against us during the season, which never seemed to even out, did not help. Albion’s 2013/14 Barclays Premier League campaign finished with them having slumped to 17th place in the table, just three points clear of the relegation zone – a year after achieving a record-high final position of eighth. The club parted company with their head coach Pepe Mel, who was brought in as a replacement for the sacked Steve Clarke in January, by mutual consent last week. West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace has stressed lessons have been learned from what he rates as his toughest season in the job, admitting: “The buck stops with me.” Press Association “However, these are only contributory factors to, and not excuses for, the fact we finished 17th. “With our search for a new head coach now under way, we’ve been addressing the areas within the club that need strengthening.” And Peace conceded that the club’s first aim for next season will be to finish above the bottom three. “With what is at stake, this has undoubtedly been the toughest season I can remember,” he added. “But the most important thing is that we can attempt to correct the mistakes that have been made whilst still a top-flight club. “For a club of our size, this has, and always will be, our number one objective and we hope that we can achieve this in a less fraught manner in future seasons. “Terry (Burton, who is coming in as technical director on June 1) will provide more footballing knowledge and experience at the highest level of the club. “The structure we have had in place for the past six or so years has generally worked well and been a key factor in the club returning to the Premier League and staying there. We are certainly not going to rip it up and start from scratch after one poor season. “However, there is no doubt that the structure needs strengthening and this process is underway. “Although we have signed several talented players over the past few years, we have always sought to improve our recruitment methodology and last season has underlined the strides we still need to make. “We are also endeavouring to put more processes in place that de-risk the signing of new players. “We continue to run the club on a proven business model and that will not change. “But we face another big summer. Decisions that are made over the next few months will have a huge impact on our fortunes next season. “I recognise the frustration many of our supporters have been feeling this season. I would like to thank them personally for the way they rallied behind the team, especially in the closing weeks of the season, which proved pivotal in getting the club over the line.” last_img read more


first_img“Some words they said about my kids, about me. Some words they said to her, threatening and all that. That is beyond football,” revealed the former Watford front-man to KweseESPN yesterday.He stressed that his wife never wanted him to return to Eagles after he missed some clear chances against Argentina in a crucial game in St Petersburg Stadium (Russia) that would have earned Nigeria passage into the second round of the World Cup, if only Ighalo had converted those chances.But some disgruntled Nigerian football freaks who could not stomach Ighalo’s misses against the Albeceleste took to the social media to pour invectives on him and his family. Some of them even went overboard, threatening his wife and kids.“My wife said ‘you don’t have to go there (to Nigeria) any more’ and it was because of all what they said to her and to our family,” the Eagles forward recalled.However, all that is now in the past. Ighalo has redeemed himself with the five-goal feast against the Mediterranean Knights. “I know the fans want me to score goals. I understand them. But some of them took it to another level.”Super Eagles who had only three points from the victory over Seychelles bagged six maximum points in the two-legged fixtures against Libya within a space of five days. That feat leapfrogged Nigeria from third to first in Group E of the AFCON 2019 standing on nine points. South Africa is second on eight points while Libya is third on four points. Seychelles has just a point to show from the draw against Bafana Bafana on Tuesday.Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles in his post-match review of the Battle of Sfax said yesterday that Nigeria needs just one point from the remaining two matches for a safe passage to the AFCON 2019 to be hosted by defending champions Cameroon.“A point from these games will be enough to qualify us. We are not at the AFCON yet, but our chances are very good,” stressed Rohr who also admitted his young team panicked Tuesday night after Libya pulled a goal back in Sfax, Tunisia.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Duro IkhazuagbeRave of the moment, Odion Jude Ighalo, 29, admitted yesterday that he almost quit the Super Eagles after his family was threatened with death following his not too impressive performance at the last World Cup in Russia.The Changchun Yatai forward in the Chinese Super League who banged in a hat trick against Libya in Uyo last Saturday and followed up with a brace on Tuesday night in a reverse fixture in Sfax, Tunisia is today the toast of Nigerian football fans.“I felt very bad (when they threatened my family). I had to talk to my wife because she could not take it.last_img read more

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