The number of coronavirus cases in Pakistan is on the rise from China and an important meeting of the National Coordinating Committee will be held today under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Imran Khan to decide on the future strategy.
However, the federal government has made it clear that the lockdown option is not under consideration.
In this regard, Asad Umar, Head of National Command and Operations Center, while briefing a group of TV anchors along with Special Assistant for Health Dr. Zafar Mirza, said, "The option of lockdown has always existed but is not being considered at present." ۔
Referring to the demands of the opposition and the Sindh government to impose a strict lockdown, he claimed that so far the federal government has not received any request from the provinces to impose a lockdown.
Asked when the government might consider imposing a lockdown, Asad Omar said the lockdown could only take place if we felt that the Mac system was overburdening the health system, but that was not the case at the moment.
At the same time, he said that the effects of violation of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) by the public during Eid would be felt by mid-June.
In response to a question, he said that he had made a "mistake" by applying a quick and severe lockdown.
The Planning Minister said that the government was vigorously pursuing the policy of TTQ (Tracking, Testing, and Quarantine) and the system of screening at airports along with tracking and testing software had also been improved.
Earlier, a meeting of the NCOC was held under the chairmanship of Asad Omar in which he said that shopkeepers should strictly follow the policy of "no mask, no work".