All businesses will reopen if Covid numbers remain low, PM – Pakistan said | Instant News


ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday said all businesses, including weddings, restaurants, educational institutions as well as those related to the tourism sector, might reopen if the current low Covid-19 case trend remained throughout Muharram.

Speaking to the country, Prime Minister Khan urged citizens to continue to take preventative measures during Eidul Azha and Muharram to prevent a surge in new corona virus cases as seen immediately after Eidul Fitr.

“Be careful. If we pass through Eid al-Fitr and Muharram carefully, there is a possibility that all closed businesses will be reopened,” the prime minister said.

The country is unable to make other surges in cases because it will hit the country’s economy hard and also affect those in vulnerable age groups, Prime Minister Khan said, urging people to observe animal sacrifice rituals online and follow operating procedures standard (SOP) if they have to visit the animal market.

“I urge people to use Qurbani online and avoid visiting animal markets,” he said, adding that if people visit this market, they must adopt all SOPs and wear masks.

“Choose online animal sacrifice to avoid encounters in an effort to control the mass spread of the virus,” he added.

He also advised shop owners and customers not to violate SOPs, asking them to observe social distance during shopping and not to adopt the same reckless approach they did during Eid two months ago.

“If we are not careful during Eid Al-Fitr and Muharram, cases may increase again and the situation can worsen. Allah SWT has blessed our country because the number of cases has decreased, “he said in his speech.

“If we are not careful, it could prove dangerous for our economy and for the elderly and the sick,” he added.

The prime minister gave examples of Australia and Spain where cases of the virus jumped again after initially falling.

“I urge all people not to be complacent about Covid-19; adopting safety measures and not endangering the lives of parents and patients, “he added.

The prime minister takes credit for smart locking, saying his government is the first in the world to follow this policy, then adopted by other countries.

“Our government is the first to introduce smart locking in March instead of strict policies such as curfews imposed in India, Europe and China,” the prime minister added.

“Despite pressure and criticism from various segments of society, the government prefers smart locking over total closure because it realizes that the Pakistani situation is nothing compared to Europe and China. We have to save our people both from coronavirus and starvation, “he said.

The prime minister said since Pakistan was faced with challenges such as poverty, slum dwellers, and informal and unregistered workforce, smart locking was the best choice to maintain a balance that allowed poor and daily paid workers to earn their income under safety protection. SOUP.

He said his government was proud to launch the Ehsaas Emergency Cash Program through which a number of people were eligible for financial assistance after needed verification from Nadra in a short time.

The prime minister praised his team for giving its best during difficult situations, adding that the construction and agriculture sectors were opened to boost the economy during the crisis.

Then, in a separate meeting, the prime minister was informed of the food supply situation in the country, especially about wheat and flour. He was told that permission had been given to import 1.5 million tons of wheat to meet local demand.

Published in Dawn, 28 July, 2020

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