Centre, KP mulling imposing lockdown again if COVID cases rise
Sindh rejects curfew report
Statesman Report
PESHAWAR/ ISLAMABAD: Adviser to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister on Information Ajmal Wazir has warned that the provincial government may have to enforce a lockdown again if the number of COVID-19 cases in the province surge.
“KP’s health system is fighting the coronavirus better,” Wazir told media during his visit to the Hayatabad Medical Complex in Peshawar. “We are working more than the resources that we have,” said the advisor but warned that they may have to impose a lockdown again if coronavirus cases continue to surge across the province.
Wazir told media that the doctors and paramedical staff who recovered from the virus have donated their plasmas for COVID-19 treatment. He also urged the recovered patients to donate their plasmas so that more patients of the infection can be cured.
“Two doctors donated their plasma first,” said the advisor.
Ajmal Wazir visits HMC, expresses solidarity with doctors, nurses
During a meeting with the Director (Medical) Hayatabad Medical Complex, Dr Shehzad Akbar briefed Wazir on the latest situation regarding Corona pandemic.
The Advisor to CM also met doctors, nurses, paramedics and others fighting on the front line against Corona virus.
He appreciated the role of doctors, nurses and paramedics in the battle against coronavirus, adding that purpose of the visit was to encourage efforts of the HMC medical staff.
Govt warns to
reimpose lockdown if SOP violations continue
The federal government has warned that it would reimpose the lockdown after Eidul Fitr if the violations of the standard operating procedures (SOPs), put in place to constrain the Covid-19 pandemic, continued.
The warning comes weeks after the government had started phase-wise easing of the nation-wide lockdown earlier this month, citing economic fallout of a prolonged quarantine.
Pakistan’s coronavirus toll on Tuesday reached 57,605 with 1,195 reported deaths. According to the national database, some 18,207 patients have completely recovered so far. According to the numbers, Sindh and Punjab account for more than two-thirds of the country’s total Covid-19 toll with 22,934 and 20,654 cases respectively. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Balochistan reported 8,080 and 3,468 cases followed behind by Islamabad which has so far confirmed 1,641 positive cases. The toll is lowest in Gilgit-Baltistan, which is anticipating a general poll in September this year, and Azad Kashmir that have announced 619 and 209 cases respectively.
The authorities had also conducted 483,656 tests in the country, including 10,049 on Sunday with the trajectory showed that the number was steadily going up.
Addressing a press conference on Monday, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr Zafar Mirza said the government will reimpose the national quarantine “if the current trajectory of the virus continues”.
Lamenting that the government’s instructions and SOPs were not being followed, Mirza said: “As we promised when we eased the lockdown if this trend continues we may reimpose strict lockdowns after Eid.”
He observed that apparently there was a perception that the threat of the pandemic was over. “Unfortunately, there is now this thinking among us that this disease was only here till Eid and that somehow it will disappear after Eid. This is a huge misunderstanding,” he said.
Mirza announced that the government will assess the situation after Eid before making a final decision on the fate of the lockdown.
Sindh rejects
curfew report
Meanwhile, Sindh government’s spokesperson Barrister Murtaza Wahab rejected a media report which had claimed that authorities were considering to impose curfew in the province.
Responding to a news item aired by a private news channel, he clarified that “Sindh government has not made any such decision”.