Fawad Chaudhry, Federal Minister for Science and Technology, has cautioned that the Coronavirus outbreak in Pakistan will hit its peak by mid-June.
In a recent interview with a local news channel, Fawad Chaudhry disclosed the three main concerns raised by the Coronavirus expert committee of the Ministry of Science and Technology, suggesting Pakistan’s COVID-19 outlook appears to be ominous.
According to Chaudhry, the sci-tech expert committee has warned that the number of confirmed Coronavirus cases and deaths will increase manifold between the first and third weeks of June.
Moreover, the expert committee has recommended against the approach of herd immunity as the idea is risky and could have deleterious consequences for Pakistan.
Lastly, the committee has stressed that Coronavirus is not just a flu and has urged citizens to undertake precautionary measures.
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The minister added that the smart lockdown policy of Prime Minister Imran Khan is the only viable option for the Coronavirus outbreak in the absence of any cure or treatment. Pakistan can incur a lot of damage if the lockdown is lifted without taking any robust measures to curb the spread of the disease.
Fawad Chaudhry also said that research conducted by the committee has concluded that the Coronavirus found in Pakistan is the same as Wuhan. However, the low COVID-19 mortality rate in South Asia cannot be understood due to the lack of coordinated R&D collaboration between India, Bangladesh, Sir Lanka and Pakistan.