Asad Umar, the Federal Minister for Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives, stated on Thursday that shutting down entire cities for weeks is not the answer to stop the disease’s spread.
The coronavirus pandemic is currently in its fourth wave in Pakistan, with the number of infections and deaths gradually increasing across the country.
Dr. Faisal Sultan, the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health, briefed the media regarding the possibility of yet another lockdown, saying: “We realized that the working class, the laborers have to pay the price of this.”
Asad Umar stated that the only way to stop the spread of the fatal virus is to follow the SOPs and enforce small-scale lockdowns in hotspot regions.
He further added: “We’ve had a lot of success with this [tactic] in the past.”
The minister stated that the Sindh government was “on the right track” in its management of the Karachi issue and was “actively monitoring” the cases.
According to the minister, current SOP compliance in Islamabad is 56.4 percent, 46.6 percent in KPK, 42.7 percent in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, 37.4 percent in Gilgit-Baltistan, and 38 percent in Punjab.
He pointed out that Sindh and Balochistan have the lowest SOP compliance, at 33pc.
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