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Pakistan to ramp up Coronavirus testing capacity to 100,000 in June: Asad Umar


Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

17th Jun, 2020. 06:53 pm
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Pakistan to ramp up Coronavirus testing capacity to 100,000 in June: Asad Umar

Federal Minister for Planning and Special Initiatives Asad Omar said the government is using all available resources to increase the coronavirus diagnostic testing capacity from 50,000 to 100,000 in June.

Talking to a private TV channel, he said that the challenge of coronavirus could be overcome only by following the SOPs and increasing the capacity of diagnostic tests.

Asked about the increase in the number of coronavirus patients in the country, Asad Umar said that a complete lockdown policy could not be effective in view of the weak economy.

He said that if the policy of complete lockdown was adopted then the working class and daily wagers would have to face severe difficulties.

Note that 28,117 coronavirus tests were conducted over the past 24 hours, according to the government’s official COVID-19 portal. The highest number of tests the country has done so far is 29,850 tests on June 12.

By the evening of June 17, the number of cases of Coronavirus in the country was more than 154,000 while 2,975 people have died due to this virus.

Earlier, Asad Umar said that the government will make sure the availability of 1000 ICU beds this month.

Asad Umar said during a press conference in Islamabad that the federation is struggling to improve the health system by collaborating with provinces.

He said, “The federal government provided 250 ventilators to provinces in one week. Coronavirus can only be controlled by taking precautions.”

“Burden on hospitals is rising due to a sharp increase in Covid-19 cases and deaths. In this regard, the federal government has decided to consult with all provinces regarding the provision of 1000 more ICU beds for Covid-19 patients,”

In addition to this, he also said that the 72 ventilators have been provided to Punjab last week. Sindh and KPK were also provided with 52 ventilators each.

Also read: 250 additional ventilators issued to provinces over last one week: NCOC

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