‘Reflections on COVID 19: What the Data reveal’ — CityNet Series No. 4

For the fourth installment in our Consultation Series on Rapid Responses for COVID 19, CityNet Secretariat organized in partnership with INHAF its third live webinar titled, ‘Reflections on COVID 19: What the Data Reveal’ on June 23, 2020.

As most of our cities have eased up lockdowns and begun moving on to the new normal albeit with uncertainty, some experts have raised the question as to whether lockdowns and other constraining measures imposed by the government have helped prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Two major distinctions have characterized the lockdown stereotypes closure of facilities and stay at home order. These had proven disastrous to the general mobility and economy. While other governments have emphasized lockdown as the most efficient measure, others chose not to restrict movements. This has yielded interesting results relative to the number and mortality of the COVID 19 cases.

Dr. Anjum Altaf’s article on lockdown, ‘Pakistan, India and Lockdown’ is built on an interesting premise, backed up with data, that lockdowns have yielded different results in both India and Pakistan. For this session, Dr. Altaf will further explain as to what factors have contributed to the different outcome and what recommendations may be derived to help inform post COVD policy making process and decision making.
Moreover, invited panelists will react and relate to the discussion. They will also share perspectives as to how lockdowns have made greater impact not just on health and economy but on the general well
being of the people.

Speakers/ Panelists
Speaker:

  • Dr. Anjum Altaf Professor of Economics and Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Lahore University of Management Sciences and Provost at Habib University in Karachi;

Panelists:

  • Mayor Rosie Senanayake, Colombo Municipal Council, Sri Lanka
  • Mary Jane Ortega, Special Advisor, CityNet
  • Sanjay Sridhar, former Regional Director C40 South Asia

Please find below the Presentation slides from Dr. Altaf as well as highlights summarizing the session.

*Dr. Altaf also recommends the following article as a supplementary reading to his presentation.

Why Case Fatality Rate Itself Is Almost Never the Story – but Is Often Made to Be

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