10 Steps Pakistan Has Taken to Contain the Coronavirus Pandemic

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Pakistan Coronavirus
Source: Voice of America

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:

    1. Educational institutes, both private and public sector including schools, colleges, universities and also madrassas will remain across the country until 5th April 2020.

      Coronavirus
      Source: India Today
    2. Pakistani citizens will not be allowed to visit the Sikh shrine in Kartarpur while Indians citizens are still permitted to visit.
      Kartarpur Corridor
      Source: NewsKarnatka

      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.

      International Domestic
      Source: Arab News Pk

      4. Pakistan Super League (PSL) is taking place but without spectators. Large conferences and public gatherings have been banned, effective immediately.

      PSL
      Source: The Statesman

      5. In the coming weeks and months, food shortage will be taken into consideration and a security plan will be set up.

      Coronavirus
      Source: Geo.TV

      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.

      National Coordination Committee
      Source: ARY News

      7. Curative actions will be lead by National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to coordinate with district and provincial authorities to take necessary measures.

      NDMA
      Source: UrduPoint

      8. All Pakistani pilgrims arriving from Iran will be placed in a 14-day quarantine.

      Iran
      Source: Tehran Times

      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.

      Border
      Source: ARY News

      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.

      Source: Express Tribune

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