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ISLAMABAD: 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.

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The dialogue revolved across the rising variety of coronavirus circumstances and the federal government’s response in the direction of it. Rumours of authorities considering a “complete lockdown” throughout the nation have been mentioned.

The NCOC chief shot down the rumours.

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“Complete lockdown is not the solution,” he 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, nonetheless, hinted at “targeted interventions”, saying that the federal government tries to take steps that will not have an effect on individuals’s livelihoods.

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

Sheikh Rasheed says govt ‘could impose good lockdowns’ in coming days

Inside Minister Sheikh Rasheed had earlier stated Pakistan could impose strict restrictions and good lockdowns within the coming days; nonetheless, choice makers may even must assess the influence of such a call on the poor and dealing lessons.

In the meantime, sources within the inside ministry had stated there isn’t a plan for a right away lockdown in Islamabad and that any choice on this regard can solely be taken on the advice of the NCOC.

As stories started to flow into of a nationwide lockdown, Rasheed had issued a video assertion to set the file straight.

“I did not say at all that a lockdown will begin on Monday. False reports attributed to me have been circulating,” he had stated.

“I did not speak of a complete, nationwide lockdown at all. So I wish to say to everyone, this is a false report being circulated,” Rasheed had stated.

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