New Delhi: As the number of coronavirus cases in Pakistan reached 510 on Saturday, several Pakistanis on Twitter urged the PM to announce a lockdown to contain the spread of the disease. Among the 510 cases, 267 are from Sindh, 92 from Balochistan, 96 from Punjab, 23 from Gilgit Baltistan, 10 in Islamabad and one in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The new cases are mostly pilgrims returning from Iran. Earlier, Pakistan PM Imran Khan said it won’t be possible to declare a shutdown in Pakistan as it would hit the economy hard; people will die of poverty. On Saturday, several Pakistanis took to Twitter and urged the PM for a lockdown. Also Read - Coronavirus in Pakistan: We Are Not US, We Can't go For Shutdown, Says PM Imran Khan
Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor had tweeted a few days earlier.
The PM has said that the government was working on an economic package that will be announced on Tuesday. “We cannot compete with other countries of the world who are announcing economic packages,” he said. “However, we will protect our lower and labour class against the effects of the coronavirus. This package will do so.”
Meanwhile, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank have announced help to Pakistan by providing USD 588 million for its emergency response to fight the coronavirus and to address the socio-economic impact of the pandemic.
According to Dawn, Imran Khan is hopeful that the temperature of Pakistan will stop the spread of the virus. “We can manage [the outbreak]. There is a difference of opinion, but some doctors say that the type of heat Pakistan experiences, that makes the virus lose its effectiveness [to spread].”
“If we exercise discipline for the next month-and-a-half and avoid going to public places, and if those showing symptoms self-quarantine, then the spread of the virus can be controlled,” he said.
(With Agency Inputs)