Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced that the government expects the peak of coronavirus cases to come by the end of July or early August. Earlier in May, the government said that it expected the peak of the pandemic to come in late May or early June.
Khan went on to say the spread of the virus was not preventable, but the curve could be flattened if people “observe the SOPs in place and take precautions”. He warned that failure to abide by the SOPs would result in Pakistan facing the kind of conditions being faced by countries such as the United States of America and Brazil. He also reiterated his belief that a lock-down was not practical and would negatively impact “labourers and lower-income groups”, citing the example of the United States.
The Prime Minister also drew attention to the recently launched Pak Nighaybaan application which guides citizens to the nearest health care centers which have the resources to treat them. Furthermore, Khan announced that the government would be distributing 1,000 more ICU beds to hospitals throughout the country.