Coronavirus: Lockdown in Pakistan Extended Two Weeks

  • Prime Minister Khan said that the government has decided to open some business areas conditionally.
  • Meanwhile, schools, colleges, cinemas, and sports grounds will remain closed.
  • Some religious organizations in Pakistan have threatened that the government cannot close mosques for worship and Taraweeh during Ramadan.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan announced a two-week extension of the government’s lockdown of the country on Tuesday, after consulting all the provinces and experts. Leading business organizations in Karachi and Lahore announced that they would open their shops from April 15 without waiting for government policy.

Imran Khan is the 22nd and current Prime Minister of Pakistan and the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). Before entering politics, Khan was an international cricketer and captain of Pakistan national cricket team, leading the team to the victory in 1992 Cricket World Cup.

Pakistan’s powerful business community was under pressure from the government to ease the lockdown due to financial losses. Explaining the decision of the government after the meetings of the Federal Cabinet and National Coordination Committee on Tuesday, Prime Minister Khan said that the government has decided to open some business areas conditionally.

He said that many people are associated with the construction sector, so opening it will reduce the problems of the people. The Prime Minister said that the government will soon issue a new ordinance in this regard, which will have new concessions for the construction sector. Similarly, the government also announced a relaxation in the movement for skilled people. These include plumbers, barbers, electricians, etc. However, the Prime Minister warned, “we need to be extra careful” to prevent Coronavirus from spreading.

Some religious organizations in Pakistan have threatened that the government cannot close mosques for worship and Taraweeh during Ramadan. Prime Minister Khan said that the government would consult the Ulama in the coming days so that worship could be done during Ramadan, but the health of the nation would be the first priority.

The Prime Minister added that before Ramadan, the government is introducing a new law to prevent traditional hoarding and smuggling by the business community, under which severe punishment will be given to those involved in the crime. On the occasion, the Prime Minister appreciated the efforts of the cash flow to the poorest people of the country under a “special aid program” of the federal government. He said that the aid is being transported to people on a non-political basis. The Prime Minister called it the largest emergency relief program in the country’s history.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), also known as 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD), and novel coronavirus pneumonia (NCP) is a viral respiratory disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). It was first detected during the 2019–20 Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.

Butcher’s Bill: 5,988 Patients, 107 Deaths, 1,446 Recovered in Pakistan

The number of Coronavirus-infected patients is increasing day by day across Pakistan. The number of people affected by the outbreak is 5,988 across the country. According to official statistics, nearly 70,000 people have been tested across the country. In the last 24 hours, more than 3,000 citizens were examined, and 151 new cases were reported, along with 11 deaths.

According to statistics, Punjab (2,881), Sindh (1,518), Balochistan (231), Islamabad (131), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (800), Azad Kashmir (43) and 233 patients of coronavirus are being treated in different hospitals in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Talking of the death toll from Coronavirus across Pakistan, 31 in Sindh province, 24 in Punjab province, one in the federal capital, Islamabad, 2 in Balochistan province, 35 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, zero in Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, and 3 citizens suffered from this disease lost their lives.

The number of Coronavirus patients is increasing in Punjab province. In Lahore, 13 more people have been diagnosed with the virus. The Coronavirus has been confirmed in 701 visitor centers, 977 people connected to Raiwind, 89 prisoners and 1059 civilians, according to the Health Department.

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Benedict Kasigara

I have been working as a freelance editor/writer since 2006. My specialist subject is film and television having worked for over 10 years from 2005 during which time I was the editor of the BFI Film and Television.

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