Wall Street Journal (WSJ), the New York-based journo, has drawn the world’s attention to the rapidly declining Coronavirus cases in Pakistan.
The report comes at a time when the US, a country with massive resources at its disposal in comparison to Pakistan, is struggling to control the outbreak that has infected 4.8 million and killed 158,000 Americans till now.
According to the WSJ report titled “Why Youthful, Conservative Pakistan is a Coronavirus Bright Spot,” Coronavirus cases in Pakistan have decreased by more than 80% from peak level which the country had reached on 14 June, the day when a record 6,285 COVID-19 infections were confirmed.
Moreover, Coronavirus deaths in Pakistan have reduced by almost 97%. At 153, Pakistan had reported its highest daily death tally on 20 June.
On 2 August, Pakistan reported just 330 new infections out of 11,000 tests and 8 deaths. 249,000 COVID-19 patients out of the total 280,000 have recovered from the disease. Of the 25,172 active Coronavirus cases, only 1,038 are critical.
The report highlighted that hospitals in Pakistan have now a sufficient number of beds available in the Coronavirus wards that were overwhelmed with infected patients until a few weeks ago.
WSJ has also heaped praise on Prime Minister Imran Khan for his decision not to consider the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommendations which suggested a complete countrywide lockdown.
Last month, another US-based newspaper, the Washington Post, had highlighted the civil-military collaboration in Pakistan in the fight against the Coronavirus outbreak.