COVID – 19 cases surge to 1.2 million by the end of July: Asad Umar

Asad Umar – Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives expressed fear on Sunday that coronavirus cases could be surged till 1.2 million by end of July.

 The minister was addressing a presser in Islamabad and said if strict action would not be taken against violators of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), issued by the government to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“By the middle of June, we have around 150,000 cases, if such situation prevails and no change is made then according to the experts, the number could be increased by two folds to 300,000 by end of the current month and could also be surged up to around one million to 1.2 million by end of next month,” Asad Umar said in a media briefing after chairing a meeting of National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) on COVID-19 here.

“This is, of course, a matter of worry but the good thing is that we have the capability to avoid such a situation by taking administrative actions.”

He said the administrative measures were already being taken against the violators of SOPs, however, he informed that the NCOC had decided to take stricter administrative actions against such people to avoid the spread of the pandemic.

He said the government does not want to hurt people but it was the constitutional as well as a moral responsibility of the government to prevent them from the disease. Simultaneously, the minister informed that the capacity of the health system was also being improved.

In this regard, he said the NCOC had also decided to increase the testing capacity of COVID-19 from current 40,000-50,000 daily to around 150,000 tests within four to six weeks, which means that we would be testing around 100,000 people on daily basis by mid-July.