Shah Mehmood Qureshi, the foreign minister of Pakistan has said on Thursday that Pakistan expects a peak in the coronavirus cases by the end of May or in early June. He added that by keeping this in mind the government is working on policies for coping up with the epidemic.
While heading a town hall meeting, with the Pakistani community in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through a video link, he said that nobody is aware that for how long this pandemic outbreak is going to last, hence, the government could not go with the option of a complete lockdown.
He said that they have got 2 goals, one is to curb the spread of the virus and the second is to ensure that the economy of the country continues to run.
The foreign minister said that more than 209 nations had been hit by this pandemic with almost 3.8 million people worldwide infected by it. In Pakistan, Qureshi said that nearly 22,000 people have been affected by the coronavirus and there have more than 500 deaths.
He also told the Pakistani expatriates that the government was looking after the situation closely on a per-day basis, while a detailed plan had been formulated out to assist the underprivileged segments of the society in these tough times.
The minister lauded the Kingdom for not repatriating the citizens of other nationalities by force. He thanked them for offering medical care to the expats and said that he would like to thank Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister in a letter.