Pakistan may reimpose lockdown after Eid if violations continue

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The coronavirus daily cases and new deaths are on the rise in Pakistan as per the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr. Zafar Mirza. He has urged Pakistanis to follow the government issued standard operating procedures (SOPs) to contain the spread of virus in public places. Failing to do so, he went on to warn the nation that strict lockdown can again be imposed across Pakistan if the rising trajectory continues.

Other key government officials have also expressed concern over the surge in cases of coronavirus. Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar, Governor Punjab has said that federal and provincial governments will decide about relaxing or to reimpose a strict lockdown in the country after Eid.

Dr. Zafar Mirza said, “As we promised while easing the lockdown if this trend continues, we may reimpose strict lockdown after Eid.”

Dr. Mirza further added, “Unfortunately, there is now this thinking among us that this disease was only here till Eid and that somehow it will disappear after Eid. This is a huge misunderstanding. I want to warn Pakistanis that if you don’t take precautionary measures, this crisis could turn into a huge tragedy. I urge the nation to act with extreme responsibility to contain the spread of the virus. The cases are rising very fast and we need to be careful, more than ever.”

So far over 5.7 million people globally have been infected by coronavirus. Dr. Mirza was happy that the huge majority of the patients have so far recovered from it and are now healthy.

Officials have expressed serious concern regarding the perception amongst the general public that the virus outbreak in Pakistan is no more serious and that it is about to end, when in fact the deaths and cases are rising continuously. The number of coronavirus infection cases in the country has soared to 57,000 with 1,446 cases reported during the last twenty-four hours.

According to National Command and Operation Center, 21,118 cases have so far been detected in Punjab, 23,507 in Sindh, 8,259 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 3,536 in Baluchistan, 1,879 in Islamabad, 638 in Gilgit-Baltistan, and 214 in Azad Kashmir.

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