ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday warned that COVID-19 cases may skyrocket, if carelessness was showed on Muharram and Eid ul Adha.
Everyone needed to take responsibility personally during Eid and Muharram days, he said while addressing media in Islamabad.
“We do not want that coronavirus cases grow after Eid. Luckily, coronavirus cases reduced in Pakistan in last three months. Whatever steps we took to fight corona have proven to be fruitful,” said PM Imran Khan.
He said if the government would have imposed lockdown in slum areas, it would not have materialized. It was difficult in a country to impose lockdown where there were slum areas, he said adding that lockdown did not affect affluent people.
The prime minister said because of lockdown in India, people got stuck in cities. He said COVID-19 deaths slumped in Pakistan in last three days.
“Pakistan is among those few countries which have controlled the coronavirus disease. Pressure of coronavirus has dashed in Pakistan. World has accepted that a complete lockdown is impossible,” he said.
He said the government imposed smart lockdown so that people’s business could continue.
“We talked about smart lockdown first of all in the world. We imposed lockdown with no restriction on agriculture so that food supply is not hampered,” he said.
Citing example of Iran, Imran Khan said after COVID-19 cases started reducing in Iran, the people showed negligence which again shoot up the number of coronavirus related deaths in the neighbouring country. Melbourne and Spain also witnessed high number of cases after lockdown restrictions were lifted, he relayed.
“Our cases may also rise, if we did not comply with the SoPs. We have more challenges before us, therefore we need to be careful,” he said.