On Monday, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health, Dr Zafar Mirza, warned that ‘strict lockdowns’ could be reimposed across the country as the number of coronavirus cases showed an upward trend; he also urged people to follow the government mandated standard operating procedures, which are currently being neglected.
“As we promised when we eased the lockdown, if this trend continues we may reimpose strict lockdowns after Eid,” Mirza said.
Mirza also highlighted that deaths and cases were on the rise, contrary to people thinking that the outbreak of the coronavirus in the country had ended.
“Unfortunately, there is now this thinking among us that this disease [Covid-19] was only here till Eid and that somehow it’ll disappear after Eid. This is a huge misunderstanding. I want to warn Pakistanis that if you don’t take precautionary measures, this crisis could turn into a huge tragedy.”
“I urge the nation to act with extreme responsibly to curb the spread of the virus. The cases are rising very fast and we need to be careful, more than ever.”
“But the characteristic of this disease is that a huge majority of the patients recover from it — therefore the good news is that millions have also recovered and are now healthy,” he said.
Mirza also clarified that the majority of people in the country who were infected were facing mild symptoms and were quarantining at home.
“Unfortunately, there are 112 patients intubated in Pakistan right now. These patients are critically ill and are fighting for their life and death at this very moment.” Mirza said, warning that the number of critically ill patients in the country was growing rapidly.
On a concluding note, Mirza stated the spread of the virus could only be curbed by staying at home, practising social distancing and wearing masks and other precautionary measures while going out.