ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday mentioned subsequent two-and-a-half months are essential as the height of coronavirus is anticipated round August and it could possibly be curbed by religiously following the federal government’s customary working procedures (SOPs).
“We except that cases of coronavirus in Pakistan will hit their peak by the end of July or August after which there will be a decline,” the prime minister mentioned whereas addressing the nation.
He as soon as once more appealed to the nation to comply with the SOPs in each area of life, particularly in markets and enterprise locations, because it was the one method to arrest the pace of pandemic’s unfold. “If you seriously follow the SOPs, we will be able to reduce the pace of Covid-19’s spike and thus there will be no extra burden of patients on our hospitals,” he added.
Stressing the necessity for making it obligatory for everybody to put on masks every time they transfer outdoors their properties, the prime minister mentioned: “The world has reached a conclusion that wearing masks can reduce the spread of coronavirus by 50 per cent.”
PM stresses want for everybody sporting masks
On poor public response to the federal government’s preventive measures, he regretted that majority of individuals have been flouting the SOPs, pondering the virus was only a widespread flu. “If we continue to ignore SOPs, then we are putting the lives of our aged people and those already suffering from diabetes and blood pressure in danger,” he warned, urging the folks: “Whenever go into public places, follow the guidelines that have been issued by the government.”
Speaking in regards to the choice of lockdown, PM Khan mentioned all the world now understood that lockdowns weren’t an answer to the pandemic. “Although lockdown restrictions slow down the spread of the virus, we must also realise that Pakistan is a poor country and that we had no choice but to reopen the country. The entire world has understood that lockdowns aren’t a solution,” he maintained.
He mentioned that international locations like the US, the place greater than 100,000 folks died as a result of lethal virus, had reopened their companies however with strict SOPs. “Only precautionary measures can help defeat coronavirus,” he added.
Equally, he mentioned, Pakistan couldn’t afford additional lockdown as there was a dire have to hold companies open to run the wheel of financial system and save folks, particularly each day wage earners and merchants, from starvation. “Keep your business open but it is my appeal to adhere to the government SOPs must till July and August,” he added.
The prime minister mentioned the federal government was absolutely conscious of the issues of working class and merchants and, subsequently, relaxed the lockdown by preserving a stability between financial actions and precautions.
“Our experts have observed that the virus will spread and today, I’m here to tell you that if we follow standard operating procedures and take precautionary measures, we can manage the pandemic,” he added.
“If we are not taking precautionary measures, we are putting ourselves, our people and our country in danger. Please take SOPs seriously for your loved ones, for the elderly and for those who have other ailments, otherwise we will come under worst situation,” he mentioned.
Speaking in regards to the current capability of hospitals to cater to Covid-19 sufferers, the prime minister mentioned that moreover different amenities, 1,000 extra beds with oxygen facility have been being supplied this month to ease strain on hospitals. He mentioned the federal government had launched a cellular utility known as Nigehban Pakistan which supplied folks particulars of hospitals coping with Covid-19 sufferers of their neighborhood. “People can learn through the app which hospitals are close to them and what facilities are being provided in them,” he added.
Printed in Daybreak, June ninth, 2020