ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning, Development, Reforms, and Special Initiatives Asad Umar on Tuesday said that those who thought that Pakistan had defeated the coronavirus were mistaken.
Addressing a news conference in Islamabad, he said there was a chance of reemergence of the infectious disease if precautions were not adopted.
The minister said the government’s correct decisions and people’s cooperation had led to largely controlling Covid-19 pandemic in the country.
“The government’s policies of contact tracing, smart lockdown and public awareness have contributed greatly to contain spread of the pandemic in a short period,” he said urging people to strictly adhere to the precautionary measures to completely overcome the pandemic.
He said the government enforced 2350 lockdowns across the country, and at present there were 85 smart lockdowns in 20 districts. He said the government was now heading toward micro smart lockdown to target only the specific places affected by the pandemic. He said at present, there were over 7,000 Coronavirus cases in the country, and the government was trying to arrange home isolation for them.
The planning minster said majority of people followed the standard operating procedures, which yielded positive results. He said the media also ran effective public awareness campaigns to deliver the messages to people about the contagion.
He said the whole world including Pakistan was confronting economic crunch due to the coronavirus.