Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar said on Tuesday that people’s proactive response had so far been key in controlling the spread of Covid-19 in the country. During a meeting of the National Command and Operation Centre, the federal minister said citizens had shown great maturity and responsibility to not only protect themselves, but also follow guidelines to ensure the safety of others.
The forum was apprised of 3,497 smart lockdowns being imposed in 103 districts across the country. The meeting was informed that 52 per cent of Covid-19 tests were being carried out under the government’s Trace, Test and Quarantine (TTQ) strategy. “Actions have consequences and we as a nation have taken the right steps to save precious lives and contain the spread of the virus,” the federal minister stated.
He lauded the media for effectively reaching out to the masses to influence a behavioural change in light of the novel coronavirus. “The people of Pakistan and the media are two important pillars which made the entire effort a success,” he added. The minister further stated that risk mitigation was important to check the possibility of a second wave in the country, adding that people must wear face masks to control the spread of the virus.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Department Tuesday said that 19 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed thus taking the total number of cases to 38367 in the province.—INP