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Coronavirus to hit big cities more, PM Imran Khan

Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that the big cities are likely to be the prime target of the virus. He also cautioned that the country’s health system shall collapse if it is overburdened in the coming days. Does his government have any plan to cater the upcoming situation in Pakistan?

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Prime Minister Imran Khan is concerned about the spread of Coronavirus across Pakistan. The premier is also seems to be sure that the country’s health system shall collapse if it is overburdened in the coming day. The premier said that the whole world is currently facing an unprecedented crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic and Pakistan’s health facilities too would be burdened by the end of April, however, the entire nation will fight this disease with unity and determination.

Talking to the Balochistan cabinet and members of parliament during his day-long visit to Quetta, he said that government is working round the clock to provide protective gear to doctors and paramedical staff and all necessary equipment has already been provided to those working at intensive care units.

He said that there is a global shortage of ventilators and testing kits and the government is utilising all its resources to import them on emergency basis.

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The prime minister said that the National Command and Control Centre (NCCC) for COVID-19 is in constant contact with all the chief ministers for effective coordination to control the spread of the virus.

PM Imran’s visit comes as the number of confirmed cases in the country rose to nearly 4,500. Punjab has been the worst-affected province with over 2,200 recorded cases, while Sindh has more than 1,100.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has reported 560 cases while Balochistan has recorded 219. In Islamabad, more than 102 cases have been detected while Gilgit-Baltistan has 213. Azad Jammu and Kashmir has 33 coronavirus cases.

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At least 65 people have died of the COVID-19, with 21 in Sindh, 20 in KP, 17 in Punjab, three in GB, two in Balochistan, and one in Islamabad. Some 572 people have recovered from the deadly virus so far.

“Cities to be the prime target”

Noting that there is no patient in intensive care in Balochistan, he said that owing to its scattered population, the virus would have a less impact in the province, however, Quetta remains at risk because of its population. On the other hand, he said, the virus would have a greater impact in cities like Karachi, Lahore and Faisalabad.

The premier said that the complete lockdown in Balochistan was badly affecting the province’s low-income groups as a number of people already lived under the poverty line. He added that every province would decide about the lockdown according to its situation on April 14.

It is worth noting that Sindh Education Minister Saeed Ghani said Tuesday the lockdown rules will be revised on April 14, paving the way for a little leniency. The Government of Sindh had on April 3 extended the lockdown until April 14, issuing a set of new orders and guidelines to encourage social distancing and contain the coronavirus from spreading.

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According to the notification, all schools, colleges, universities, madressahs and tuition centres were to remain closed till April 14. In continuation of its previous order, shopping malls, cinemas, wedding halls, showrooms, banquets, and hotels throughout the province would also remain closed. Shrines and other holy sites would also remain closed while inter- and intra-city public transport would remain suspended (except for food and essential items).

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