Nation special report
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s tally of coronavirus cases on Thursday surpassed China, the first epicentre of the pandemic, reaching 85,265 confirmed cases while 1,770 deaths. China has reported 82,933 cases and 4,638 deaths since the start of the outbreak last December.
In Pakistan, a total of 4,688 new cases were reported in the past 24 hours, the highest single-day rise ever, landing the country at the 17th spot in terms of coronavirus cases, the data shows. Another 82 patients lost their lives due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, across the country, raising the death toll from the pandemic to 1,770. Some 30,128 patients have recovered.
According to figures, 30,128 people have been recovered. The most affected province is Sindh with 32,910 figures while Punjab stands second with 31, 104, KPK 11, 373, Balochistan 5,224, Islamabad 3,544, Gilgit Baltistan 824 and AJK 285.
According to the official statistics, authorities have so far conducted 615,511 tests across the country. As the number of infections continue to uptick, Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar said that an effective media campaign is being launched across the country to create awareness and to educate the masses for voluntary compliance of standard operating procedures (SOPs).
The medical experts say that the worst is yet to come. In the last week or so, Covid-19 seems to have exploded in Pakistan. The crisis is now actually looking like one. But under the overhang of this public health crisis lie sheltered a number of smaller crises that are ballooning in size as the spread of the virus picks up pace. The foremost among these, possibly, is the government’s handling of Covid-19.
As per official projections, the number of citizens infected with Covid-19 by June 15 would be between 110,000 and 125,000. The death count on this date is projected between 2,750 and 3,250. Hidden within these numbers is the post-thirteen weeks challenge.