European Union’s ambassador to Pakistan has lauded the efforts of the Pakistani government and its people in its battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking to the state-run news agency APP, EU Ambassador to Pakistan Ms Androulla Kaminara said that according to the World Health Organization, the number of deaths due to coronavirus in Pakistan has been steadily declining.
Ambassador praises ‘smart-lockdowns’
The ambassador to Pakistan also lauded the ‘smart-lockdown’ imposed by the government, while testing and tracing for potential carriers of the disease.
Pakistan recorded just two deaths from the coronavirus Sunday, the lowest single-day fatality number since the surge of the pandemic in May, according to health officials.
The number of deaths stands at 6,342, with the additional fatalities.
Another 484 infections were reported, bringing that tally to 298,513.
More than 90% of all patients, or 285,898, have recovered, but 535 are in critical condition.
Pakistan’s infection rate has significantly dropped in recent weeks, compared to an average of 5,000 daily cases in May and June.
The highest number of single-day cases was nearly 7,000 last month.
EU had pledged 153m euros to fight COVID-19 to Pakistan in May
Ambassador of the European Union Delegation to Pakistan Androulla Kaminara had called on Prime Minister Imran Khan in May and said that the EU had allocated 153 million euros to support Pakistan in its efforts to contain COVID-19.
Today is the one year anniversary of my taking up my duty as #EU Ambassador to Pakistan. It’s been an incredible year – fascinating- challenging and I look forward to my second year. https://t.co/7TDgBKAVVg
— Androulla Kaminara (@AKaminara) September 1, 2020
She had briefed the prime minister on measures by the EU to strengthen Pakistan’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The prime minister expressed satisfaction on the growing momentum in Pakistan-EU bilateral relations.
Further steps to deepen the Pakistan-EU partnership in all its dimensions were discussed during the meeting.
Government’s efforts to ease the plight of underprivileged population praised
The Pakistani government is currently following a “mini smart lockdown” strategy. Instead of closing entire streets or shopping centres, only houses or workplaces where infections are reported will be sealed.
The country has conducted more than 2.7 million tests, according to statistics.
The EU Ambassador also appreciated the government’s efforts to address the economic problems caused by the coronavirus and the plight of the underprivileged sections of the population.
She said that the Pakistani government has taken many positive steps during difficult times to revive the economy and help the deprived sections of the population.
GVS News Desk