ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday appealed to the nation to follow SOPs for curbing the spread of the coronavirus, warning that Pakistan may soon be facing a situation similar to India if the current trend continues.
Addressing the nation after a meeting of the National Coordination Committee, PM said: “I am appealing to you to follow SOPs so that we don’t have to take steps that India is taking which mean imposing lockdowns. Half the problem is solved when you wear face masks.”
“If our circumstances become the same as India, then we will have to close down cities. We can’t do that because, as experience has shown, the poor suffer the most when lockdowns are imposed,” the prime minister said.
“People are telling me to impose a lockdown today, but we are not going to do so because, and I keep repeating this, daily wagers and labourers will suffer the most.”
The premier announced that a lockdown would not be implemented for now as it will affect the working class and their businesses.
He emphasised the need to wear a mask at all times. The premier said help will be taken from the Pakistan Army to implement coronavirus SOPs.
“Pakistan was the only country which had kept mosques open last year during Ramazan. I was proud of the way our religious scholars and imams informed the people about precautionary measures,” he said.
The premier also noted that very few people were following SOPs. “If we don’t take precautionary measures, we will have to impose a lockdown which will also affect our economy at a time when it is on the rise.”
He added that the government was making all-out efforts to procure vaccines. “We have asked China, but their demand is also quite large. There is a shortage in the rest of the world.”