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South Asia’s Fight Against COVID-19 Gathers Momentum

13 October 2021
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When the World Health Organisation declared Covid-19 a pandemic in March 2020, the odds were heavily stacked against the developing world. Yet, despite their under-resourced healthcare systems, most South Asian countries have managed to stave off significant Covid-19 outbreaks and have implemented vaccination drives more or less successfully. Pakistan was able to put off the fourth wave of Covid-19 infections, sparked by a Delta variant outbreak. Dr. Faisal Mahmood, head of the Infectious Diseases section at the Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) in Karachi, said that one of the major factors behind a low spread in Pakistan was subdued mingling between communities in the urban centres and a scattered population in the rural areas.