Zafar Mirza promises sufficient safety equipment by April 05
Federal government officials including Planning Minister Asad Umar, Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri, premier's aides Firdous Ashiq Awan and Zafar Mirza and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Chairman Lt Gen Muhammad Afzal briefed the media on the measures the state has decided to take to curb the spread of Covid-19.
While addressing the presser, Zafar Mirza said that government will start a training program for medical staff within a month.
He also advised people to stay safe from Coronavirus by maintaining social distancing.
“I request you all to stay indoors and avoid shaking hands with people. Wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds multiple times a day,” he said.
Zafar Mirza further said that 21 people have recovered from Coronavirus out of 1,118 patients of Covid-19.
NDAM Chief, Chairman Lt Gen Muhammad Afzal told the media that around 50,000 kits will arrive in Karachi tomorrow.
“About 50,000 testing kits will arrive at the Karachi airport tomorrow. More equipment will also be delivered soon. We will also disinfect areas reporting more cases from tomorrow,” he said.
Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri said that following the meeting with President Arif Alvi, ulema have decided to restrict congregational prayers in mosques.
“Old and sick people have been advised to pray at home with their families,” he added.
Also present on occasion, Planning Minister Asad Umar said that government is taking all possible measures to deal with Coronavirus.
“This virus has spread to 180 countries in the world. We have taken all essential measures including closure of educational institutions, offices, shopping malls and markets to contain its spread,” he said.
He added that there is no shortage of wheat in the country presently.