Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar has said the tally of novel coronavirus cases across the country may double within next two weeks and can reach 1.2 million cases by the end of July.
During the past 24 hours, the country reported 6,365 Covid-19 cases and 67 deaths, taking the national tally of cases to 142,229 and fatalities to 2,663.
The minister said by mid-June, the number of cases had reached around 150,000. “Based on current pace of cases, the number of confirmed cases can reach 300,000 by the end of current month and will reach one million to 1.2 million by the end of July,” he said while addressing a press briefing at the National Coordination and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Sunday.
“However,” he added, “the good news is that it is in our hands to control the spread of disease and we can do it by following the standard operating procedures (SOPs).”