We are heading towards a lockdown: Bilawal
Statesman Report
Karachi: PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said on Thursday "we are heading towards a lock-down", a day after the country reported its first two deaths from coronavirus.
"The Sindh government took measures as soon as there was news of an outbreak in China," said Bilawal, as he addressed a press conference at the Sindh Assembly in Karachi.
He said that the outbreak of the virus is a serious situation and must be taken seriously by every citizen of Pakistan.
"I would like to emphasise that coronavirus is an extremely serious and life-threatening issue […] It is ten times worse than the flu," said Bilawal, stressing that the mortality rate, while still not known definitively, is much higher than the flu.
The PPP chairman said it was important to remember that the disease does not only affect the elderly and those with underlying conditions but can affect anyone.
"Of the two people who have died from the disease, one was 36 years old and one was 50 years of age, which means they were not very advanced in their years."
"Even then, there is no need to spread panic because we are working day and night with all our hearts so we can ensure the protection of all your lives," said Bilawal.
'We are already too late'
He said that there was a dire need to work towards the spread of the contagion. "We are already too late. The statistics we have of other countries […] show us that there has been mitigation and a flattening of the curve (where strict quarantine measures were taken immediately)."
The PPP chairman said those countries identified and contained those who had the disease or were suspected to have it. The other measure was that of mass testing.