The government of Pakistan has called in armed forces to help control the spread of coronavirus. This virus has spread across the globe, infecting more than 870 people in Pakistan only. Six people have become to the victim of the virus.
In a press briefing, Director-General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar said that the army is committed to help the nation fight the pandemic.
Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar highlighted the importance of social distancing and said, “It’s time to make tough decisions on individual, family, community, and society levels. All borders have already been closed as a precautionary measure, but the real border is between man and coronavirus that we need to control.”
Just a few hours after PM Khan said that a national lockdown isn’t a possibility, Sindh made an announcement of a complete 15-day lockdown across the province, limiting movement to just need-basis. Then later Punjab also made the announcement of a two-week lockdown saying that it is a ‘partial shutdown’ even though the restrictions are similar to that in Sindh. Following suit, Azad Jammu and Kashmir announced three-week lockdown while KP announced 3-day partial lockdown.
Earlier, the Sindh Minister for Education, Labour and Human Resources Saeed Ghani made the announcement in a video message that he has tested positive for coronavirus and is under self-isolation even though he was completely asymptomatic. He has requested people to remain at home and implement social distancing. He made the video to alert people who he might have come in contact with over the last couple of weeks.