Pakistanis have taken a sigh of relief over the news that no death was reported due to Covid-19 this week for the first time in two years across the country. Prime Minister Imran Khan has congratulated his team for tackling the pandemic in the most effective way better than any other nation. It is still fresh in memories that the pandemic was real to every human being two years ago and it made its impact by claiming the lives of over six million people worldwide. After the passage of two years, the world’s battle against Covid-19 has been largely sidelined as economies are reopening and governments are looking to move beyond their pandemic footing. However, there are still many unanswered questions over Covid too, the biggest one being: where did the virus come from? It turned out to be something of a political hot topic at a time when the pandemic hit China, where the virus first emerged in Wuhan in late 2019, denying that it was the source of the pandemic. It took months for scientists and public health experts to share their findings with the world, who struggled to ascertain the origin of the virus. Although they ruled out any ‘lab leak’ theory, it still remains a mystery with the scientists believing that it still most likely originated in an animal.
While major global economies have reopened and many nations are now learning to “live” with the virus, public health experts are keen to stress that the pandemic is not over yet. Same is the reality with Pakistan. The government should not be complacent after this major victory over the pandemic. It is a sort of virus, which is still existing and mutating. There is every possibility that the virus or its variant can rear its ugly head. Only a preemptive approach can save the people from the disastrous effects of the pandemic. We have already learned the hard fact that new variants of the virus can, and have, emerged with each new strain we know about proving more virulent.