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Threat from coronavirus in Pakistan exaggerated: Report

March 27, 2020

ISLAMABAD:A Gallup International Snap Poll said Friday that over 62% Pakistanis feel that the threat from Coronavirus is exaggerated while 35% of them see the virus as a real threat.

A nationally representative sample of adult men and women from across the four provinces was asked the following question, “Do you agree or disagree that the threat from the coronavirus is exaggerated?” In response to this question, 62% Pakistanis claimed the threat is exaggerated while 35% believe that the threat of the virus is not exaggerated.

Globally, 49% feel that the threat from the coronavirus is being exaggerated while 46% feel that there is no exaggeration in the threat from coronavirus. Comparing Pakistan’s figure with the global average figure, Pakistan ranks higher than 23 countries in terms of belief that the threat from coronavirus is exaggerated and lower than 4 countries. Pakistan ranks 5th highest out of 28 countries in terms of countries that believe that the threat is exaggerated. 73% of the people in both North Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina agree that the threat is exaggerated with Austria and France ranking lowest in the belief that the threat of coronavirus is exaggerated.

In India, 51% feel that the threat is exaggerated while 43% disagree. In Afghanistan, 59% agree that the threat from coronavirus is exaggerated while 38% disagree. These findings have emerged out of a special 28 country research conducted by Gallup International (founded by the world-renowned scholar and pollster Dr. George Gallup in 1947). The survey in Pakistan was done by Gallup Pakistan, Pakistan’s oldest and trusted survey firm, working since 1979. The study comprised internationally of 24,652 respondents covering different ethnicities, regions, religions, age and gender.

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