Health experts have warned regarding a newly identified virus that is believed to be triggered by the prevailing smog in the provincial capital of Punjab, Lahore. Pulmonologist Dr. Irfan Malik informed local media that individuals infected with this smog-borne virus exhibit various symptoms, including high fever, body pain, stomach problems, and cough.

Dr. Malik emphasized that the virus can affect entire families once a member contracts it. Hospitals and private clinics in the region reportedly receive 30 to 40 patients infected with the virus daily. Notably, the virus appears to impact children and elderly individuals predominantly.

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Despite the rising number of cases, no reported casualties have been attributed to this newly identified virus. Caretaker Minister of Health, Dr. Javid Akram, expressed concern, suggesting that the current virus shares similarities with Covid. He highlighted the situation’s complexity, noting that people were not undergoing Covid tests.

  • As of Saturday night, Lahore has once again been ranked as the most polluted city in the world, with the Air Quality Index (AQI) standing at 351. The increasing prevalence of this smog-induced virus adds a layer of health challenges to the already critical environmental situation in the city.


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