Pakistan extended lockdown due to the novel Coronavirus emerged in the central city of China, Wuhan in the month of December last year and spread to almost the whole world within a few months. It’s not virulence or fatality, but the contentiousness of the new virus also known as COVID-19 has put a stop to the whole world’s economy.
The federal government of Pakistan on Friday has made a decision to extend the countrywide lockdown till May 9, Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar announced in a news conference.
He said that the NCC was about to start the implementation of the trace and track system from tomorrow. He said:
“Consultations were held with chief secretaries and then health ministers at the NCOC. The prime minister has given approval for the system.”
In this process, all the provincial governments, IT departments, civil and military departments will be involved.
There was another announcement by him during the press conference that during the holy month of Ramadan electricity load-shedding will not take place during Sehar and Iftar hours.
He said that if people followed the prescribed precautions for Coronavirus during the holy month, then it would allow business and other activities to inch towards normalcy. But if there is any irresponsibility towards the SOPs then the government will be forced to enforce even more strict lockdown.
The number of Coronavirus cases in Pakistan has reached nearly 12K on Friday. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom cautioned on Thursday that if Pakistan did not take appropriate necessary measures the number of Coronavirus cases in the country could surge up to 200,000 by mid-July.