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World Coronavirus Dispatch: Bizarre Covid conspiracies trouble Pakistan

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Akash Podishetty Hyderabad
Pakistan battles a much more brutal second wave

Having contained the virus better than its neighbour India and most Western countries, prime minister Imran Khan attributed it to the limited lockdowns, and effective mask wearing. But infections rose through the winter with positivity rates going over 7 per cent in recent months. Imran Khan ruled out a second lockdown saying it will destroy the economy and result in hunger deaths. Many in Pakistan feel that the government is overstating the threat of Covid to get western aid and some don't even believe the virus exists. Other bizarre conspiracies are being circulated

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First Published: Dec 20 2020 | 2:56 PM IST

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