While Pakistan’s tally of the novel coronavirus cases crossed the 200,000 mark on Saturday, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) did brainstorming to find reasons for a sudden decline in the number of daily tests and new cases during the past one week.
The country reported 3,709 cases and 94 deaths over the past 24 hours, taking the national tally of cases to 201,414 and fatalities to 4,098.
The NCOC meeting, which was attended by the chief secretaries and health secretaries of all the provinces, compared the tally of tests conducted on June 21 and 26 and found that the number of new cases across the country dropped by around 40pc from 7,000 to 4,000 a day.
They discussed different factors such as testing, smart lockdown and awareness campaigns regarding precautionary measures that could have contributed to drop in the number of new cases. It was observed that the number of tests declined by 64pc in Sindh.