No End to Lockdowns in Sight as Coronavirus Chaos Continues

Mar21-A view of closed shops at Saddar area as Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah appealed to the public to voluntarily isolate themselves for the next three days in order to keep themselves safe from corona virus, in provincial capital.
ONLINE PHOTO by Syed Asif Ali
  • Coronavirus death toll in Pakistan has risen to 21
  • The country’s virus tally has crossed 1,670
  • Punjab has enacted Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Ordinance
  • Countries are extending their lockdown periods
  • Lockdown lifting in Pakistan remains unclear as well
  • The U.S. projected to have a million covid-19 positive cases, with deaths up to 100,000, from the Corona Virus

Warning that the US death rate is likely to peak in two weeks, President Trump has extended social distancing guidelines through April 30. Authorities in the UK have also made it clear that some lockdown measures in Britain could last months and be gradually lifted. Both countries are seeing a swift spike in positive cases with the US overtaking China and Italy in terms of confirmed cases and the UK being the 8th most-affected country.

In Pakistan too, the duration of lockdowns remains uncertain. On Sunday, Balochistan CM Jam Kamal announced that the lockdown in the province would continue for another week or more. The AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider also warned that a curfew could be imposed if people failed to follow the lockdown instructions and take the pandemic seriously. CM Sindh Murad Ali Shah also made similar hints on Sunday. Closure of all educational institutions nationwide has already been extended till May 31.

The Punjab government promulgated the Punjab Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Ordinance, 2020 on Sunday in the wake of the novel coronavirus spread in Pakistan. The ordinance will enable the government to reinforce precautionary measures for the prevention and control of COVID-19 on the public.

The virus has claimed 21 lives so far in Pakistan with the latest 2 deaths recorded in Karachi: the 66 and 52 years old patients had underlying renal and respiratory diseases besides acquiring Covid-19 through contact at the Raiwand Ijtima. The country’s tally has crossed 1,670, jumping by at least by a hundred every day.