ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on Saturday said the decision to lockdown the country in the wake of coronavirus threat could not be taken for safeguarding the livelihood of poor segment of society.
“The daily wagers and labour class could not afford the lockdown and it would only aggravate the situation in the country,” she said talking to a local news channel.
Firdous Ashiq Awan said the government would take every decision in the larger interest of the people.
Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah on Friday urged the citizens to go on voluntary lockdown in Karachi. Karachi has already been put on partial lockdown.
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said Pakistan’s capabilities to deal with coronavirus gradually reduced after it spread in Iran.
“We established contact with Tehran after zaireen started pouring in from Qom,” PM Imran said while addressing a joint press conference on strategy against coronavirus along Special Assistant to PM on Health Dr Zafar Mirza and Advisor to PM on Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh in Islamabad.
The prime minister said no case had entered through China into the country. He said four to five percent people would require to be admitted to intensive care unit, if the disease spread in Pakistan, which would be tough for the government. He stressed on social distancing to stop spread of coronavirus.