Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar said on Wednesday that preventive measures undertaken thus far by the country in its fight against Covid-19 will remain in place for two more weeks from April 1 to April 14.
He made the announcement during a joint press conference with Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr Zafar Mirza and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Security Dr Moeed Yusuf.
“National Coordination Commitee (NCC) in today’s meeting decided that the existing preventive measures will remain in place in the entire country for at least two more weeks,” revealed Umar. He said that every province already had its own restrictions in place but that based on the NCC meeting, all provinces, besides Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit Baltistan (GB), had uniformly decided to implement these measures from this point forward.
He indicated that the NCC will hold another meeting in a few days to review these measures.
Asad Umar revealed that the government was doing all it could to ensure that industries that produced basic necessities; food and medicines etc, remained open at all cost.
“These restrictions will only yield long term results if people cooperate with social distancing measures. But we know that if people do not get rations, there is no way they will not come out on the streets and our efforts to control the virus will fail,” Umar argued.
Asad Umar also said that the government was observing the trends of the spread of virus in Pakistan and revealed that the country’s current trajectory indicated that restrictions had prevented further spread and deaths. “Our R-naught value, which indicates how many people one contagious person will infect on average, is on the decline. This means that some of the steps we have taken to curb the spread of Covid-19 are working,” revealed Umar.