PM credits smart lockdown strategy for successfully tackling coronavirus in Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD (News10) – Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday said that due to the smart lockdown strategy of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government the number of novel coronavirus cases decreased in the country.

Addressing the nation on Monday, he said that the whole world is now acknowledging Pakistan’s smart lockdown strategy’s benefits, adding that Pakistan’s situation is very different from China, the US and other European countries.

The prime minister said that curfews cannot be imposed in poverty-stricken countries, adding that the world is acknowledging that a complete lockdown is impossible.

Imran Khan went on to say that we decided to save people from coronavirus and hunger, adding that the number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the country has decreased.

“Pakistan is among the few countries that have largely controlled Covid-19 pandemic in a short period,” he said, adding that the deaths reported due to Coronavirus yesterday were the lowest in three months.

The premier said with a continuous declining trend of Coronavirus cases in the country, the pressure on hospitals has reduced.

He said: “The PTI government was the first that adopted the policy of smart lockdown, which proved successful, while other countries replicated this policy, adding that the countries that enforced complete lockdown, such as India, suffered a lot in respect of increase in poverty.”

“Disbursement of amount among the needy under Ehsaas Program during the pandemic was another success story of the government,” he said.

The premier also warned that if precautionary measures are not adopted during Eid-ul Azha and Muharram-ul Haram, the country will witness another spike of Coronavirus cases.

He said in case of increase in the cases after Eid and Muharram, the government will have to impose lockdown again, which will negatively affect economy of the country.

Imran Khan appealed to people to strictly observe standard operating procedures against Covid-19 during the Eid and Muharram.

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