Amid the increasing second wave of Coronavirus infection, healthcare experts urged the nation to take extra cautions as the seasonal ailments like viral flu; dengue may further add to the situation and deteriorate healthcare system in the country.

Health experts said dengue virus and the COVID-19 virus have similar symptoms at the early stage and people generally mix infection of both COVID-19 and dengue which could cause havoc for the patients during the current season.

In a recent press conference, DDHO Karachi East Dr Anila Qureshi stressed for collective efforts to deal with the situation instead of spreading panic in society, adding public awareness is the only way to prevent dengue fever.

She expressed caution that if the seasonal viral infections like dengue and malaria fever spread in addition to existing Coronavirus pandemic, there was a chance that people with already weak immune system would face difficulty.

With the covid-19 positivity rate shooting up to 7.46 per cent with 2,756 cases in the last 48 hours, all educational institutes are to be shut from November 26, 2020 to December 24, 2020, announced the Education Minister, Shafqat Mahmood. He also announced winter vacation to start from December 25, 2020 till January 10, 2021. Making it compulsory to all educational institutes.