Lockdown is not a cure for coronavirus: PM Imran Khan

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Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan. (File Photo: IANS)

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Monday that a lockdown is not a cure for coronavirus. People should learn to learn to live with the virus until a vaccine is found.

PM Khan also urged the nation to exercise all precautionary measures by implementing all such standard operating procedures (SOPs) as laid down by the government.

Government recently has brought a considerable ease in the lockdown situation across the country as the prime minister had announced that all the businesses would also open with exception of those which are listed as ‘negative’.

While talking to the journalists after chairing a meeting of National Coordination Committee (NCC), the premier said that “a lockdown is not a cure for the coronavirus and the purpose of a lockdown is to reduce the pandemic spread. It is not a solution. Let me repeat, a lockdown isn’t a solution or treatment.”

Stressing the light on the lockdown strategy, PM also said that “I would not have stopped business and construction as we had to balance the situation as I was clear cut from the day one when this outbreak unearthed in Pakistan that strict lockdown cannot be imposed as our’s country situation is much different with other countries of the world.”

“This coronavirus is not going to end for long so we need to assume our responsibilities as a nation to fight with this outbreak by keeping a balance between poverty and lockdown situation,” PM said.

A statement issued after the meeting, stated that the NCC reviewed the Covid- 19 situation in the country in detail and “decided to continue pursuing the policy of maintaining balance between life and livelihood, while ensuring strict implementation of SOPs to contain spread of virus”.

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