He also urged the countrymen to avoid stepping out of home unless necessary and presented a promise that there won’t be a shortage of
He informed that a dedicated Helpline had been established for the provision of information on the disease to the
general public and health-care providers and similarly a Whatsapp chatbot on Corona related queries has been set up.
Such is the kind
of encouragement and motivation required during trying times like these.
Situation in Pakistan
Meanwhile, in Pakistan a hapless Khan says it is not feasible for Pakistan to lock down cities, as it could result in mass unemployment and impoverished people ‘dying from hunger’.
Pakistan is currently torn on how to react to the exponential rise in coronavirus cases since the weekend, following the failure
of measures to prevent its spread from neighbouring Iran, where more
than 1,000 people have died of the illness.
The number of confirmed infections in Pakistan shot up thirteen-fold between Friday
and Wednesday to reach 257, as officials in its four provinces screened thousands of returning Shia Muslim pilgrims previously held in quarantine camps on the border with Iran. A 90-year-old man suspected of having contracted the virus died in the northern
Gilgit-Baltistan region bordering Xinjiang. A person suffering from the disease has died after the ventilator being used to treat him broke down. The government of southern Sindh province, which has documented 189 cases so far, ordered a 15-day closure of
government offices, restaurants and markets, and suspended intercity bus services. Last week, Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah instructed all schools and colleges in the province to close until May 30, and banned public gatherings.
The council also restricted international flights to Pakistan’s three biggest airports, but they did not ban flights from any other countries, despite a growing
number of infections among expatriates flying in from the Gulf Arab states and the West. Although religious gatherings in Iran had led to the disease spreading to Pakistan and other countries in the region, the government did not order a ban on prayer congregations,
although they have been suspended in a growing number of other virus-afflicted Muslim countries.
Khan did not announce a regime of
containment measures, as was widely anticipated. Instead, he advised Pakistanis to prepare themselves for a nationwide epidemic, assuring them that the vast majority of infected people would recover after suffering mild symptoms. Seems like Mr. Khan is frozen
like a deer caught in headlights and he just doesn’t know how to brace the nature for the impact.
The prime minister’s
call for calm came as a political blame game raged over the failure of officials to diagnose infections among more than 5,000 people quarantined at a camp near the Taftan border crossing with Iran.