How denial and conspiracy theories fuel coronavirus crisis in Pakistan.
The coronavirus is spreading at an enormous pace in Pakistan. Analysts say the government’s inaction and mismanagement of the virus has worsened the outbreak.
As of June 23, there were around 187,000 cases of the coronavirus with over 3,700 deaths in Pakistan. The number of infections is expected to reach 300,000 by the end of the month and over a million by late July or early August.
The World Health Organization (WHO) warned mid-June that the average infection rate in Pakistan has risen to 22.6%. Within a month, the country’s daily infection count increased to an average of around 6,000 from 1,000.