Govt fears COVID-19 cases could surge to 1.2 million by July-end

COVID-19 cases in Pakistan could rise to 1.2 million by end of July, warns Asad Umar

Pakistani officials have estimated that confirmed cases of COVID-19 infections could reach up to 1.2 million by the end of July, urging the nation to strictly comply with the guidelines.
The country recorded more than 6,800 cases and 81 deaths in the last 24 hours. The continuous surge is a cause of grave concern for the government, said Asad Umar, the head of the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC).

“We’re in mid-June and the cases have reached approximately 150,000. It saddens me to say that based on our current trajectory, experts have projected that our COVID-19 cases could double by the end of June,” reaching 1 million to 1.2 million by end of July, he said.

However he said that these projections were neither predictions nor a certainty.

Wear Masks

Umar urged the people to follow guidelines of practicing social distancing and wearing masks. “If you want to defend yourself and your loved ones, please wear masks. It’s as simple as that,” he added.

“Research has indicated that wearing masks is a verified way of curbing the spread by up to 50 percent.” NCOC had recommended that face masks be worn by everyone in public places.

Crackdown on those violating guidelines

The government has now decided to enhance crackdown on people violating safety guidelines in high-risk areas or hot spots, to protect them against contracting the virus. Hundreds of hot spots have already been sealed off in Pakistan over the past few days to contain the spread of the virus. 

Pakistan government aims to conduct 100,000 COVID-19 tests by the end of July.

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