Pakistan’s government on Thursday warned of another lockdown in light of the recent increase in coronavirus cases leading to a second wave of the pandemic. The Minister for Planning and Development, Asad Umar who oversees the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, warned of the possibility of another lockdown in the country.
Another lockdown in Pakistan likely with surge in cases
In a series of tweets, Umar said that if cases continue to surge the government “may have to take restrictive actions which have negative effects on people’s livelihoods”. The minister said that 11 deaths to the virus on average have been reported during the first four days of this week, the highest in two months. “Time for all of us to take COVID SOP’s seriously again. Otherwise, unfortunately, we may have to take restrictive actions that have negative effects on people’s livelihoods,” he warned.
Covid positivity is extremely high in muzaffarabad, remains high in karachi, rising in lahore & Islamabad. Time for all of us to take covid sop’s seriously again. Otherwise, unfortunately we may have to take restrictive actions which have negative effects on peoples livelihoods
— Asad Umar (@Asad_Umar) October 15, 2020
The rising cases are indicative of another lockdown in the country as COVID-19 cases are quickly increasing in Muzaffarabad, Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad.