On 16th March, Dawn confirmed 94 cases of coronavirus in Pakistan. The pandemic has been spreading across the globe like wildfire.
Pakistan’s National Security Committee’s (NSC) meeting was held on the 13th of March chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan. The council comprised of top officials and military leaders to discuss the alarming health situation.
“While there is a need for caution, there is no need for panic,” Khan advised. It is the government’s foremost priority that the entire country takes precautionary measures and basic hygiene must be taken into consideration. Khan emphasized that he is“personally overseeing measures to deal with Covid-19.”
The government of Pakistan has taken many steps to contain the virus that include:
- Educational institutes, both private and public sector including schools, colleges, universities and also madrassas will remain across the country until 5th April 2020.
- Pakistani citizens will not be allowed to visit the Sikh shrine in Kartarpur while Indians citizens are still permitted to visit.
3. Increased screening and surveillance measures at seaports and airports. The departure of International Flights has been limited to only three points that are Lahore, Islamabad, and Karachi.
4. Pakistan Super League (PSL) is taking place but without spectators. Large conferences and public gatherings have been banned, effective immediately.
5. In the coming weeks and months, food shortage will be taken into consideration and a security plan will be set up.
6. National Coordination Committee for Covid-19 has been established to take necessary measures on a day to day basis. Relevant stakeholders and all provinces will be ruled by the committee.
7. Curative actions will be lead by National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to coordinate with district and provincial authorities to take necessary measures.
8. All Pakistani pilgrims arriving from Iran will be placed in a 14-day quarantine.
9. Borders connecting from both Afghanistan and Iran have been sealed. Travelers and trade will be banned for a while to stop the pandemic, coronavirus.
10. No visitors will be allowed in jails for up to three weeks. Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and provincial high courts have requested proceedings to stop for the time being.
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