Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Wednesday that the peak of COVID-19 cases is likely to increase in Pakistan at the end of May or early June.
He said 2,000 Pakistanis were repatriated because of an expansion in testing capacity, and more than 6,000 will be brought back soon.
“The situation will become clearer with the increase in the ratio of coronavirus tests,” he added.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi further added that the country was standing at a difficult crossroads where it had to establish and intricate balance between preventing the virus from spreading along with caring for its poor who, due to lack of economic activity, could face life and death conditions.
He also said that because of the economic consequences it would suffer, Pakistan being a third world nation could not conduct a complete lockdown.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs also added that efforts were underway to bring back to Pakistan all those willing to travel back to their homeland.