Nation urged to strictly follow the SOPs for gradually opening from lockdown of more sectors of the economy.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has made this appeal, while addressing a press conference after conclusion of meeting of National Coordination Committee.
He presided over the meeting in Islamabad today.
Nation urged to strictly follow the SOPs
PM Khan noted tourism as one of the areas for relaxing restrictions.
Imran Khan said in many areas of Pakistan, tourism thrives only for a few months of the year.
He said governments of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan to prepare SOPs for opening this sector.
The PM said coronavirus is here to stay unless a vaccine is developed to eradicate it.
He cautioned that the virus will further spread in the coming days.
He said we can live it in better way if people follow the SOPs and precautionary measures all the time.
The Prime Minister said services of volunteers of Corona Relief Tiger Force will be utilized to increase awareness among masses about the pandemic.
He assured doctors and paramedics that government will assist them in every possible way while dealing with coronavirus.
Imran Khan said the government has decided to allow overseas Pakistanis to return to Pakistan but they undergo testing for coronavirus.
However, the govt would allow them to go to their homes and self-quarantine in case they test positive.
He said meeting of National Command and Operation Center is being held on daily basis.
The NCOC closely monitor and take stock of the situation.
He said chief minsters and provincial chief secretaries participated in today’s meeting.
Imran Khan said Pakistan is facing a different situation than US, Europe and China.
He said around 50 million Pakistanis are living under the poverty line and are not able to afford three times meal a day.
The Prime Minister said 25 million people are daily wagers.
He said if we include families of these persons, then the figure reaches to 120 million people who could not live without work.
PM Khan said lockdown and social distancing slow down the spread of disease.
He said we also have to see the condition of our hospitals as they cannot not face the burden of patients.
The PM said the lockdown has different impacts on people living in luxury and those living in slums.
Imran Khan said the vulnerable segments of society faced immense difficulties due to lockdown.