PM Imran says COVID-19 curve flattening in Pakistan

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PM Imran says COVID-19 curve flattening in Pakistan, recommends extra caution during Eid-ul-Azha

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday advised the citizens to celebrate the upcoming festival of Eid-ul-Azha with simplicity and not be reckless as the COVID-19 curve was flattening in the region. “I talk to my citizens not to do again what they did on previous Eid (Eidul Fitr). Every public meeting explanation the propagation of the virus and places strain on clinics, doctors and nurses besides causing deaths,” the prime minister remarked talking to media persons after inaugurating the first-ever Isolation Hospital and Infections Treatment Centre here.

The Isolation Hospital and Infection Treatment Centre, which has 250 rooms, has been constructed in just 40 days. The Chinese government had given $4 million for the development of the building. Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa, Chinese Ambassador to Islamabad Yao Jing, and other high-ranking officials were present at the occasion too. PM Imran praised the deployment of the smart lockout around the country for producing good effects.

The prime minister said the successful steps jointly taken by the provinces as recommended by the NCOC, had amazingly contributed to the flattening of coronavirus curve well before the expected time period. He said while the infection rate was on a downward trajectory, it might also spike again if the citizens exhibited incompetence and breached the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

“I recommend the people to enjoy this Eid with simplicity. The SOPs have been developed for the Eid. Only for sake of national economy and wellbeing of old-aged citizens and already ailing citizens, it is important to observe Eid with simplicity,” the prime minister said who earlier visited various parts of the hospitals after unveiling its plaque.

He lauded the tremendous work by the NDMA for completion of the facility in unprecedented 100 days’ duration given the lockdown impeding the movement of the citizens and transportation of content. He said the construction of such a specialized hospital demonstrated the political commitment of the government to carry out the daunting mission in a tough period. As of today, Pakistan has recorded more than 240,800 cases of the coronavirus, and more than 4,900 deaths.