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Shaikh Rasheed says govt ‘could impose sensible lockdowns’ in coming days

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Minister for Inside Shaikh Rasheed issuing a clarification in a video assertion, on March 20, 2021. — Picture courtesy Shaikh Rasheed Ahmed

Minister for Inside Shaikh Rasheed has mentioned that it’s potential the federal government could impose strict restrictions and sensible lockdowns within the coming days; nevertheless, determination makers will even have to assess the impression of such a call on the poor and dealing lessons.

In the meantime, sources within the inside ministry have mentioned there isn’t any plan for an instantaneous lockdown in Islamabad and that any determination on this regard can solely be taken on the advice of the Nationwide Command and Operation Heart (NCOC).

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

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

He mentioned that he had responded to varied channels’ beepers and had mentioned that on Monday, in coronavirus hotspots, the NCOC “may consider smart lockdowns”.

“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 mentioned.

He added that the choice, in any case, might be taken by the NCOC and doesn’t fall underneath the purview of the inside ministry.

Pakistan’s coronavirus positivity ratio has been on the rise and jumped from 8% a day earlier to just about 10% at present.

As per the Nationwide Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), Pakistan carried out 40,946 assessments within the final 24 hours out of which 3,876 returned optimistic, taking the nationwide positivity ratio to 9.46%.

With the brand new circumstances, the whole variety of coronavirus circumstances in Pakistan reached 623,135 and the energetic circumstances within the nation stand at 27,188.

Moreover, the nation misplaced 42 individuals to the lethal virus within the final 24 hours, taking the nationwide dying tally to 13,799.

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