A family in Sahiwal was left to deal with trauma after one of its members who had just passed away was allegedly falsely declared by a television channel to have died of coronavirus.
Mr Alamdar, an expatriate Pakistani, told Dawn on Saturday that a a Karachi-based TV channel alleged “without any circumstantial medical evidences” that his wife Fauzia (42) died at the local district headquarters teaching hospital on April 3 of coronavirus. Almadar, now residing in Shadman Town here said his wife was a chronic patients of ‘Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis” for the last seven years and was being treated by her New York-based physician.
The news channel tickers also claimed that the hospital MS and Sahiwal Medical College principal were in isolation. MS Dr Waheed denied it.
Mr Alamdar said the fake news was an additional shock to his family.
“I am already disturbed because of untimely death of my beloved wife and now we have been forced to live in isolation,” he lamented. He said he and his family voluntarily gave their samples for the virus test.