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Amid the rising censure over the federal government’s decision of not imposing nationwide blanket lockdown, Prime Minister Imran Khan has said the government would impose the curfew only as the last option to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
While speaking with journalists on the measures being taken by his government to deal with the virus on Tuesday, he said that chaos is more dangerous than coronavirus, adding if decisions are taken in haste kit will have more serious repercussions than coronavirus on the society.
The nationwide count of the pandemic has soared to 956 with 407 cases in Sindh; 110 in Balochistan; 265 in Punjab; 78 in K-P; 80 in Gilgit-Baltistan; 15 in Islamabad; and one in Azad Jammu and Kashmir – with six deaths
“Curfew is the last stage of lockdown… incorrect perception is being created that I am against the lockdown,” he said, adding that the federal government announced lockdown after the National Security Council meeting earlier this month.
“I am opposing curfew because it will have dire consequences for the downtrodden segment of the society.. how would they meet their ends during the curfew.”
Complete shutdown will disrupt the supply chain of food items and medical equipment, PM Imran said. “This is not a T-20 match and the crisis may continue for six or seven months.”
“However, if situation worsens, then we will have no option but to impose curfew but with comprehensive strategy,” he added.