New Cases in Pakistan Push Mideast Beyond 1 Million

Motorists make their way on a busy street in Karachi, Pakistan, as COVID-19 coronavirus cases still increase in the country on June 17, 2020. (ASIF HASSAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Motorists make their way on a busy street in Karachi, Pakistan, as COVID-19 coronavirus cases still increase in the country on June 17, 2020. (ASIF HASSAN/AFP via Getty Images)

ISLAMABAD—Pakistan has reported 5,358 new Chinese Communist Party virus cases, pushing infections in the Middle East beyond 1 million.

Cases in Pakistan have been spiraling in recent weeks, crossing 160,000 on June 18 even as Prime Minister Imran Khan has resisted pleas from medical professionals and the World Health Organization to reimpose a strict lockdown for at least two weeks.

Khan says a countrywide lockdown would devastate an already crumbling economy and hurt the poorest with unemployment expected to near 7 million. Economists say Pakistans poverty rate of 30 percent has increRead More – Source