With the rapidly spreading cases of novel coronavirus across the country, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that he was quite sure with the fact that the country-wise tally of cases and deaths would increase but smart lockdown is the only option to deal with deadlier disease.
Reportedly, 6,321 Covid-19 cases and 92 deaths recorded during the past 24 hours, taking the national tally to 123,493 and 2,409 of cases and fatalities respectively.
In his address, the prime minister asked the nation to strictly follow the SOPs, to ensure the following of them, stringent monitoring would be done; he warned of sealing all the facilities that caused the spread of the virus.
He said, “I want to tell you that we did not bow to the pressure and did not enforce the lockdown similar to the one imposed in some other countries, including India. A survey has been published by the experts of University of Pennsylvania, University of Chicago, etc, in which it is revealed that 84 percent of the people in India have faced financial loss and 34pc households cannot meet their daily requirements without financial support. It also reveals that 30 million people have lost jobs but the elite class has not suffered due to Covid-19”.
Mr Khan urged the masses not to take precautionary measures for granted, as the country’s health system could not afford the burden.
Meanwhile, Shahbaz Sharif, leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly became the latest high-profile case of Covid-19; moreover, 26,573 Covid-19 tests were conducted during the last 24 hours.