Imran Khan has called upon his countrymen ‘not to panic’ amid a spike in coronavirus cases in the country.
Islamabad, Pakistan – 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 and that Pakistan cannot currently afford the economic cost of shutting down its cities.
As of Wednesday, Pakistan has recorded at least 243 cases of the highly contagious coronavirus, most linked to travellers who have returned home from neighbouring Iran, according to government data. It is the highest number of confirmed cases in South Asia, compared with 147 in India, 44 in Sri Lanka, and 22 in Afghanistan.
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Update #1: Pakistan can’t afford to shutter cities to prevent virus: PM Imran Khan (AFP)
Update #2: Coronavirus: Is Pakistan taking COVID-19 too lightly? (DW)
WNU Editor: This is a prescription for disaster. There are currently 243 cases of Covid-19 in Pakistan. Here is an easy prediction. In three weeks the number will be in the tens of thousands.