Future Impacts of COVID-19 Infection on Pakistani Population
AbstractPakistan is facing serious economic slump as the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) rate of Pakistan was 3.29% in year 2019 which was less than previous GDP rate of 5.53% for year 2018. Moreover current outbreak of COVID-19 is estimated to further decrease GDP rate to a negative value of -1.55% in year 2020. There is a sharp jump in poverty ratio from 30.3% in year 2018 to 40% in year 2020. Currently approximately 69 million people are living in poverty in Pakistan.1 Apart from these added burdens on Pakistan’s economy are 1.4 million afghan refugees and 106000 internally displaced people. 2,3 This declining economic trend is very alarming as it clearly indicates the difficulties that government is going to face in coming months.
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