The Pakistan government on Wednesday decided to extend the ongoing lockdown for another two weeks until April 14 to contain the spread of novel coronavirus in the country, according to the report.The announcement has been made by Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar after a meeting of National Coordination Committee (NCC) on COVID-19.
The Minister said that stranded overseas Pakistanis will be brought back to the country in a special Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight on April 4.
The death toll climbed to 31 from the deadly novel Coronavirus, while number of people infected reached 2,291.
Reports of the lack of adequate screening procedures and squalid living conditions at the quarantine camps at the Taftan border crossing with Iran have raised concerns about the surge in the number of infections.
According to The News International, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that “people are treating coronavirus patients like ‘criminals’ and reiterated that only the old and the weak needed to be hospitalized in case they contracted the infection”.
Khan further said “Coronavirus will be confronted by the force of faith” and announced government measures to contain the virus.