ISLAMABAD, Jun 14 :Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar has expressed fear that corona virus cases could be bust up till 1.2 million by end of July if strict action would not be taken against violators of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), issued by the government to prevent spread of COVID-19.
Addressing a press conference Asad Umar said that by mid of June, we have around 150,000 cases, if such situation prevails and no change is made then the number could be increased by 300,000 by end of current month and could also be surged up to around one million to 1.2 million by end of next month.
He said the government does not want to hurt people but it was the constitutional as well as moral responsibility of the government to prevent them from the disease.
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.
About availability of beds with oxygen for coronavirus patients, Umar informed that at present around 2000 patients were on oxygen beds across the country while keeping in view the growing numbers of patients, the federal government would provide 1000 more beds by end of current month and 1000 beds by end of next month.
“We will provide 500 beds each to Sindh and Punjab provinces, 450 to Islamabad, 400 beds to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 200 beds to Balochistan, 60 to Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and 40 beds to Gilgit Baltistan, Asad said.
Asad Umar said according to the experts, wearing masks was the most effective way to control the pandemic as it could even help decreasing the spread rate by 50 percent.
He warned that in order to save maximum people from the disease, actions would be taken more strict against those who did not follow SOPs, some particular shops and even markets would be locked in such cases.
He said in Islamabad, the government has taken actions and some areas were sealed, similar actions would also be taken in Lahore and other cities of Punjab.