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Major Chunk of Pakistanis think Coronavirus Pandemic overvalued

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

26th Aug, 2020. 08:03 am
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Pakistan, without any doubt; is in the list of one of those countries who battled tirelessly with the coronavirus pandemic for the survival.

Although the country enjoyed fruitful results by ensuring timely lockdowns and strong precautionary measures to curb the spread of the dread virus; however major chunk of the people here think that the pandemic was exaggerated by the authorities.

Despite of the risk of the coronavirus spreading among the public is still present but it looks like the people have started becoming less serious about the threat from the disease.

In a recent survey by Gallup Pakistan, it was revealed that the number of people who believe that the COVID-19 pandemic is an exaggeration and the threats it posed not real shot up from 55% in a prior survey to 70% at present.

Comprising more than 1,300 respondents from all over the country, the survey was conducted between July 9 and August 10, 2020.

The survey found how the number of people who have doubts and suspicions about the coronavirus pandemic and who consider it to be a hoax has risen considerably.

On the other hand, the Gallup Pakistan poll found that the number of those who deem the risks from coronavirus to be real has come down from 41% to 26%.

Foreign conspiracy

The proportion of Pakistanis who consider the pandemic to be a foreign conspiracy more than doubled from 23% in March 2020 to 55%, while the number of those who did not deem it so dropped from 72% to 33%.

Made in a laboratory

The poll revealed that 54% of Pakistani supported the idea that the coronavirus made in a laboratory, while 31% disagreed.

Coronavirus was not real

Three out of five, or 59%, respondents stated that although they were following the standard operating procedures (SOPs), they believed that the coronavirus was not real, while 32% said they consider it to be real and 10% declined to comment.

Accurate data

However, the survey found that the number of those who believed the government’s coronavirus data to be accurate had risen from 57% to 61%, while those who were skeptical comprised 33%, translating into a 1% increase from the prior poll.

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