Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday said that the estimation of confirmed novel coronavirus cases in the country has been revised to 15,000 for the month of April. This comes as positive news for the Pakistan government which had estimated as many as 50,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the country by the end of April of this year.
The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases is lower than projected, PM Imran Khan said. However, he warned the citizens of Pakistan that the country could face “difficulties” starting mid-May and advised them to be careful going forward.
“Our initial projections said that we would have 50,000 cases by April 25. Thankfully that’s not the case. Our new projections suggest that we will have 12,000 to 15,000 coronavirus patients. The pressure we expected earlier can now be felt next month,” PM Khan said while speaking at a press conference.
As of April 18, Pakistan has 7,481 confirmed cases of Covid-19. The country recorded 23 coronavirus-related deaths within 24 hours on Friday. This development came at the same time as the Pakistan government’s announcement that it is considering a partial lifting of the nationwide lockdown in order to allow some businesses to run.