Pakistan’s Coronavirus Cases Have Dropped by 80% From June: WSJ

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.


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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.


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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.