While addressing a news conference in Islamabad, the Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mehmood says that all exams have been postponed till June 1 for the safety of the children. He said that we will review the situation on April 5 and decide whether to reopen educational institutes or not.
Federal and provincial governments have shut all the educational institutions and land borders and decided to limit international flights and discourage large gatherings to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Yesterday, the Provincial Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid told that the number of coronavirus patients in Punjab has escalated to six.
The tally across Pakistan reached 249 after three more cases were confirmed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by provincial Health and Finance Minister Taimur Khan Jhagra, The Nation reports. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Sindh rose to 181 on Wednesday after nine more cases were reported in the province.
While Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has called upon his countrymen not to panic amid a spike in coronavirus cases in the country, warning that the spread of COVID-19 was inevitable.
He says that the country cannot currently afford the economic cost of shutting down its cities.
According to the government data, most of the cases are linked to travellers who have returned home from neighbouring Iran. More than 60 per cent of Pakistan’s cases can be traced to a quarantine camp established in the town of Taftan, on the Pakistan-Iran border in Balochistan province.
The government data indicates that at least 149 people have tested positive after being released following a 14-day quarantine at Taftan quarantine facility. A rare look inside a camp that has become the epicentre of Pakistan’s coronavirus outbreak reveals that the environment there is so filthy that if a person stays there for a while will get coronavirus, Aljazeerah English shares in a report about Covid-19 in Pakistan.
The country has imposed a ban on the export of respiratory masks amid Covid-19 outbreak that has claimed more than 7,000 lives and infected thousands in different states of the world.
The government also announced to take strict measures against the hoarders. The premier told in a televised address to the nation that the government had ordered additional ventilators for hospitals to deal with an expected influx of patients as the virus spreads.
This virus will spread, says the premier. Please keep this in your mind, that we have to try our best.” “The way we are seeing in the world, countries with better medical systems, hospitals and strong institutions, it is spreading fast there. So know that it will spread here as well,” PM Imran Khan warned the countrymen.
Proper arrangements for quarantine facility, availability of sanitizers as well as standard facial masks can reduce the risk factor. Handwashing with soap is one of the cheapest and most effective thing you can do to protect yourself and others against coronavirus, as well as many other infectious diseases. For billions worldwide, even this most basic facility is simply out of reach.” said Sanjay Wijesekera, UNICEF Director of Programmes.
According to the latest estimates, in many parts of the world, children, parents, teachers, healthcare workers, and other members of the community do not have access to basic handwashing facilities at home, in healthcare facilities, schools or elsewhere.
40 per cent of the world’s population, or 3 billion people, do not have a handwashing facility with water and soap at home, UNICEF shared on its official page. Handwashing is also key to protect health workers from infection and prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other infections in healthcare facilities.