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Covid-19 intensity still low in Pakistan: PM Imran Khan

ISLMABAD: According to an official statement, Prime Minister Imran Khan recently said that the intensity of the coronavirus in Pakistan was not as severe as it was in other parts of the world.

He stated this while presiding over a meeting on impact of Covid-19 on the country`s social fabric and economy. The meeting was informed that the number of patients and deaths due to coronavirus is less than that in other countries of the world.

The meeting was also attended by federal ministers Hammad Azhar, Khusro Bakhtiar, Syed Fakhar Imam and Umar Ayub Khan, Special Assistants to the Prime Minister on health, Dr Zafar Mirza and on National Security, Moeed Yousuf and National Disaster Management Authority (MDMA) Chairman, Lt Gen Muhammad Afzal.

As per sources, the Prime Minister was quite satisfied that the intensity of Covid-19 was still low in Pakistan as compared to other countries, especially the United States and Europe. Mr Khan, however, urged people to maintain social distancing as it was the best way to control the spread of the deadly virus in the country.

The Prime Minister said the government was monitoring the situation closely and would soon announce its next strategy regarding the lockdown keeping in view the need of the people of all segments of society and the holy month of Ramazan.

He said the government was devising a strategy to provide relief to the poor and common man by keeping a balance in enforcement of preventive measures and revival of low-risk economic activities.

Dr Zafar briefed the meeting on the number of coronavirus cases, deaths and recovered patients in the country. He said the rate of virus-infected patients and deaths was far lower than that in other parts of the world.

-DN Report

April 28, 2020

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