Ali Haider Zaidi had a weird Coronavirus preventing solution for Pakistanis
As we all know, Coronavirus has proven to be one of the most hazardous ongoing global epidemics the world has seen. The virus that was first identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019, has caused about 28,000 deaths within China only, with over 80,000 cases emerging in a matter of days.
While the world has been struggling with containing the Coronavirus, Pakistan also identified the first two cases of the virus in Karachi
— Ali Asad (@AliAsad_Abbas) February 26, 2020
And another in Islamabad.
Another case of corona virus reported in Islamabad, Pakistan.
May Allah protect us. Ameen#Coronaviruspakistan
— Abdullah Khaan (@AbdullahKhaan35) February 27, 2020
The revelation of the Coronavirus in Pakistan has caused a lot of panic and calls for the Government to take action
What’s sad is when the country should be taking preventive measures unanimously and helping each other out to avoid the spread of this disease, some vendors have reportedly been overcharging everyone for the masks.
#Profiteers r active n #Karachi and have hoarded masks as first #Corona virus case hs bn reported frm the city. A mask of 10 rupees is now available at 50.Govt is playing the role of spectator and has let the profiteers to loot Karachi people at this critical time.#coronavirus pic.twitter.com/BXDkE2SG0H
— Tribal News Network (@TNNEnglish) February 27, 2020
Subsequently, the Federal Minister of Maritime affairs Ali Haider Zaidi had a Coronavirus prevention suggestion that has caused outrage
WARNING, wtf moment ahead…
So instead of taking charge of the situation, apparently, Mr. Ali Haider Zaidi took to Twitter and said that whoever is worried about the overpriced masks, should make their own and he also shared a video fo the “hack”.
So the black marketeers out of greed have started selling masks at exuberant prices! Here is a simple way to slap their greed back on their face!
In the meantime, Govt will take very strong action against anyone involved in illegal profiteering pic.twitter.com/PVfH6Jk51a
— Ali Haider Zaidi (@AliHZaidiPTI) February 27, 2020
And, well, obviously, Pakistanis were not very happy at Ali Haider Zaidi suggesting a Coronavirus prevention jugaar
Instead of strict action against mafia, our minister sb is posting diy of how to make a mask. Irony!
— Tahir Wasif (@twasif7) February 27, 2020
DIY to the rescue!!!
— Sehrish Khan (@JustSehrish) February 27, 2020
They’ve been calling out Ali Haider Zaidi and his Coronavirus prevention suggestion as another failure of the Government to take charge of matters in time
instead of taking actions against them, you are suggesting we use tissues? sharam b nai ati kia?
— UMMAR SHOUKAT (@UmmarShoukat) February 27, 2020
With such suggestions, Ali Haider Zaidi was told he should rather opt for running a YouTube channel instead
You should start your own "5 mins craft" channel on youtube. why bother being a Fed Minister.
— salman farsi (@salman_nust) February 27, 2020
People also recalled how medical professionals have been warning that for most healthy people these masks may even be counterproductive
Common, this mask will not work, #COVID needs a special type of mask. U should be knowing… This is going to be counterproductive
— Arindam Dutta (@arindamdutta07) February 27, 2020
Others tried to joke about Ali Haider Zaidi giving his Coronavirus prevention suggestion by suggesting this will increase prices of materials that he has suggested to make the masks with
Oh well, whatever helps to cope with the dark times we’re living through, I guess.
Now rubber band and Tissue prices will go up.
— shazy (@haa2313) February 27, 2020
After this clip rubber bands will disappear from the market.
— Mkhan (@Mkhankhattak7) February 27, 2020
Now tissue will b blacked too..
— Khubaib (@Khubaib85751057) February 27, 2020
While the minister’s inept response is definitely worthy of criticism, the virus may be highly contagious, it is also important to acknowledge that a whopping 36,000 patients have seen the road to recovery, so it might not be as deadly, after all.
On a serious note, the global Coronavirus outbreak has been quite dreadful for the masses. Some of the biggest economies have come to a stand still, such as, Italy, Iran, China, Singapore, Korea, Japan and many others. It is very important to practice precaution and educate one another about the preventive measures. If you or anyone you know is showing symptoms of the disease, a helpline: 1166 has been set up for you, please get in touch with the authorities so we can fight this together.
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