After the Supreme Court and Prime Minister ruled out any chance of a strict lockdown to be observed in the country again, coronavirus has been spreading in the country like wild fire. And as of today, the coronavirus cases in the country have crossed the 100,000 mark.
There have been about 100,684 confirmed cases with 33,465 recoveries and 2,002 deaths in the country. Punjab has recorded the most cases at over 37,000, and has also reported the most deaths in the country, a total of 659. The country was put under a nation-wide lockdown until 9 May, which was initiated on 1 April and later extended twice. Upon its end, the lockdown was eased in phases.
Though Pakistan’s medical professionals have pleaded for more controls and greater enforcement of lockdown and social distancing directives, Imran Khan thinks Pakistan is too poor to observe a strict lockdown once again.
“A lockdown means the collapse of the economy and in poorer countries a steep rise in poverty, crushing the poor as happened in Modi’s lockdown in India,” the prime minister added.
“The only solution as the world has discovered is smart lockdown which allows for economic activity with SOPs. We are amongst the pioneers of this approach. I appeal to civil society, media, Ulema and our tiger force to create awareness amongst the pioneers of this approach. I appeal to civil society, media, Ulema and our tiger force to create awareness amongst the public of Covid-19’s severity and the need to strictly observe SOPs,” he tweeted.
On the contrary, China who has been able to successfully curb the spread of coronavirus says it has largely stopped the spread of the virus at home, though it continues to have occasional localized outbreaks.
On June 1, 2020, it was reported that Punjab’s chief minister, Usman Buzdar, had been told in a summary that there were an estimated 670,000 cases of COVID-19, most of them asymptomatic, in Lahore and that COVID-19 had reached every single area of Lahore.
More than 7 million people have been reported infected with the novel coronavirus globally and over 398,000 have died, according to a Reuters tally.