PAK PM Imran Khan says nobody is immune to COVID-19 as Punjab remains worst impacted by the virus

Rejecting the possibility of total lockdown in Pakistan to contain dreaded COVID-19, Prime Minister Imran Khan has urged people to take the threat posed by dreaded coronavirus seriously. Khan has tweeted that the government has locked down educational institutions, malls, marriage halls, restaurants and other places where public congregate. Opposing total lockdown Khan says to stop the devastation of the lockdown we have kept our agriculture-sector open and now we are opening up our construction sector. In the subcontinent, with a high rate of poverty, we are faced with the stark choice of having to balance between a lockdown necessary to slow down/prevent the spread of COVID19 and ensuring people don’t die of hunger and our economy doesn’t collapse. So, we are walking a tightrope, he said in another tweet. It is a challenge to our survival, he said adding the Islamist nation will defeat the dreaded virus amid the number of cases in the country rose to 2,818 on Saturday, April 4 . He made the statement in Lahore after overseeing the measures taken by the Punjab government to contain coronavirus . The largest province of the country reported over 1,000 infected people, the worst affected among the four provinces .Khan visited a 1,000-bed makeshift hospital set up by the provincial government at a short notice to accommodate the coronavirus patients. Nobody should have the false perception that they will be safe from this (coronavirus)…Look at New York where most of the rich people live, he said. Nobody, himself included, knows when the pandemic will end and how much damage it will do. It (virus) can remerge once settling down. So we don’t know what will happen, he said and added the government was making all possible efforts to save the people, especially the most vulnerable sections of the society and reduce the losses due to epidemic. When we emerge from this challenge, we will be a totally different nation…Those who take such times as a test and face it head on as a challenge, come out stronger, he said. Punjab, the hotspot of the viral infection in Pakistan, has reported a total of 1,131 cases, followed by Sindh at 839, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 383, Balochistan 185, Gilgit-Baltistan 193, Islamabad 75 and 12 cases in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (POK).

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