PM Imran, all CMs to discuss coronavirus situation in high-level moot today

PM Imran, all CMs to discuss coronavirus situation in high-level moot today
Islamabad: Prime Minister Imran Khan will today chair a meeting of the National Coordination Committee on novel coronavirus to review the prevailing situation in the country.

The second meeting of the committee will be attended by the chief ministers of all provinces through video link. The participants will review the implementations of decisions taken during previous meeting.

The top leadership of the country will also discuss about resumption of goods transport, and import and export activities in the country.

The prime minister is himself in favour of resuming the transport activities in the provinces in order to facilitate the poor people attached to this business activity.

All shopping malls, markets and other business places have been closed in most parts of the country in order to restrict public gatherings. However, the provincial governments have allowed grocery, vegetables and other shops related to edible items to continue business.

The number of coronavirus cases is continued to increase in the country as it has reached to 1,081 across Pakistan.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Imran Khan While addressing a meeting of parliamentary leaders said that biggest challenge for his government during the Coronavirus lockdown is to help marginalized sections of society.

He said that government is making plans to decide how to help daily-wage workers and people who live in slums.

“We will reassess the situation and come up with solutions. I think that the country should not go towards a lockdown as that would badly effect the less privileged sections of society. The villagers would also suffer as the wheat harvesting season is currently under way,” he said.

He further said that nation-wide lockdown would impact economy especially if the transport is shut down in the country.

“We imposed a partial lockdown after Pakistan had confirmed its 21st case in the country. The government of Sindh had different approach and they went ahead with more measures. However, the federal government had other ideas in mind,” he said.

He added that complete lockdown would affect construction industry and daily wagers.

Imran Khan also said that Pakistan does not have a single Coronavirus case which was imported from China.

 

“I think our decision to not bring back students from Wuhan was a tough but good decision as it contained the spread of Coronavirus in Pakistan,” he said.