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  • Pakistan Medical Affiliation and a number of other different consultant organisations on Sunday demanded the government impose a full lockdown to manage the rising variety of COVID-19 instances.
  • PMA President Dr Ashraf Nizami says the government should additionally guarantee the provision of coronavirus vaccines to the general public.
  • The federal government should instantly declare a state of emergency, particularly in Punjab, says Dr Nizami.

LAHORE: The Pakistan Medical Affiliation (PMA), together with different consultant organisations, held a joint press convention in Lahore on Sunday, March 21, and careworn the federal government impose a full, countrywide lockdown to manage the rising variety of coronavirus instances.

The convention was presided over by PMA President Dr Ashraf Nizami, whereas he was joined by PMA Lahore’s Vice-President Dr Khalid Mahmood Khan, PMA Lahore’s Woman Vice-President Dr Erum Shahzadi, President of PMA Punjab Dr Tanveer Anwar, Pakistan Islamic Medical Affiliation’s Punjab President Dr Imran Zafar, and a number of other different physicians. 

Throughout the press briefing, Dr Ashraf Nizami stated that apart from imposing a full-fledged lockdown, the federal government should additionally guarantee the provision of coronavirus vaccines to the general public. 

“[Owing to a surge in COVID-19 cases], the government must immediately declare a state of emergency, especially in Punjab,” Dr Ashraf Nizami stated, including that the federal government had beforehand adopted a lockdown coverage because of the mounting strain from totally different organisations.

“The countrywide COVID-19 positivity ratio has exceeded 10 %,” Dr Nizami stated. “Despite that, the government has committed criminal negligence in the provision of vaccines.”

Pakistan won’t bear ‘full lockdown’: NCOC chief Asad Umar

Alternatively, Federal Minister for Planning, Improvement, and Particular Initiatives Asad Umar on Saturday dismissed rumours that the nation was heading in the direction of a “complete lockdown”.

The Nationwide Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) chief was talking to anchor Shahzad Iqbal on the Geo Information programme Naya Pakistan. 

“Complete lockdown is not the solution,” Asad Umar stated. “We tried to explain that to people during the first wave [of the coronavirus] but they did not understand. You cannot shut down the entire country and steal people’s livelihoods,” added the minister.

Umar, nevertheless, had hinted at “targeted interventions”, saying that the federal government tries to take steps that will not have an effect on individuals’s livelihoods. 

The minister stated the NCOC had recognized coronavirus hotspot areas to provincial governments. He stated the implementation of those good lockdowns weren’t passable.

COVID-19 numbers in Pakistan

As of Sunday, March 21, there have been 3,677 new coronavirus instances reported throughout the nation. In response to the NCOC, there have been 44 coronavirus deaths reported on March 20, whereas the general positivity ration has elevated to eight.7%. At current, there are 31,107 lively coronavirus instances within the nation. 

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