Fahd Hussain, the Editor of Pakistan’s ‘Dawn’ newspaper, has praised the Yogi government in UP for handling coronavirus better than Pakistan and Maharatsra in a series of tweets. He has also criticised Pakistan and Maharastra for mishandling the pandemic.
Hussain tweeted a graph, prepared by an expert, to compare the Covid-19 death toll in Pakistan and Uttar Pradesh and explain how the two handled the crisis and what was its impact.
As per the graph, Pakistan has a population of 208 million and UP has a population of 225 million. And despite entertaining a higher population, UP’s COVID-19 death rate is almost seven times lower than what of Pakistan. Fahd had also compared Pakistan’s stats with Maharastra.
He tagged a comparative graph with another tweet and said: “While the Indian state of UP has a lower mortality rate than Pakistan, Maharashtra has a higher rate despite younger population and higher GDP/capita. We must know what UP did right and Maharashtra did wrong to learn the right lessons.”
While Indian state of UP has lower mortality rate than Pakistan, Maharashtra has higher rate despite younger population & higher GDP/capita. We must know what UP did right & Maharashtra did wrong to learn right lessons (2/2)#COVIDー19 @zfrmrza @DrMusadikMalik @RashidlangrialJune 7, 2020
For the unaware, mortality rate is the no. of deaths in a given period of time.
His stats, when shared on the internet invited mixed responses. While many praised the same, some people were left irked. Have a look:
It's all about number of tests… Maharashtra did far more number of tests than Pakistan— Prashant3624 (@Prashant36241) June 8, 2020
UP has a strong government while Maha has no government that's the only difference.— Sanatani (@ajayups) June 8, 2020
Majority of the people in UP are mature & responsible, they maintained social distance & kept themselves safe. This is what most of the countries are doing.— Tayyeb Naseer (@tayyebnaseer) June 8, 2020
I live in Central Uttar Pradesh. I have not seen the face of temple since 22 March because of strict lockdown. Now we can see it's result in U.P.— Ajit Mishra (@prayagrajit) June 8, 2020
True. I tried to find out the test data of UP to see the pure comparison. I cud not find any state level data from India. The comparison drawn by Fahd is just a myopic and uninformed; to say the least.— Haroon (@GalileoGabi) June 7, 2020