Recently, Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted out a general statement regarding the precautions for the COVID-19, or the Coronavirus. He informed the public that he is overseeing the measures to deal with the virus. He requested the people to follow the general guidelines given by the government and the officials and requested them to not panic.
I want to inform the nation I am personally overseeing measures to deal with COVID 19 & will address the nation soon. I would advise people to follow safety instructions issued by our govt. While there is a need for caution there is no need for panic.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) March 14, 2020
He then held a press conference, and while addressing senior journalists, the PM stated that to ‘deal’ with the virus, he is going to discuss the issue with the public twice a week
He further asserted that lockdown of the entire country is NOT the solution and the virus still might spike despite the practice of isolation and social distancing
Khan was asked if Pakistan can afford to become another Italy by eliminating the choice of lockdown. He responded to this by saying that to enforce a complete lockdown is pretty impossible and it can not be guaranteed that this practice will curb the spread of the virus. He tried explaining this approach of selectively locking down the places in the country with high number of infected cases.
Khan drew a comparison between the situation of Italy and Pakistan and claimed that the situation in the country is still under control
Soon after the PM’s address, people on social media accused Khan of misinforming people
PM @ImranKhanPTI brazenly lying that lockdowns do not reduce Corona cases. He is wilfully misinforming people. This is utter madness.
— Ammar Rashid ☭ (@AmmarRashidT) March 20, 2020
Someone isolate Imran khan before he leads us all into a bigger mess.
— Laiba Imran (@laibs12) March 20, 2020
In general, they criticized the way Khan was dealing with the chaotic situation
Chinese : Wear Mask
Italy : Stay At Home
USA : Use Hand Sanitizer
Iran : Drink Water
Pakistan : Jo Hoga Dekha Jayega.
— عاقد (@iamaquid) March 20, 2020
Imran Khan has finally come up with a strategy to fight the spread of COVID-19. He'll appear twice a week on tv to say Meray Pakistanio aap sab Coronavirus se mar jaye mein lockdown nahi karonga.#CoronaVirusPakistan #CoronaVirusInPakistan
— Hina Khan (@cesthinakhan) March 20, 2020
People urged the PM to order a lockdown
Dear honorable PM @ImranKhanPTI sir it is a humble request to you please re consider. A lockdown before it’s too late. This Video is in two parts. I could be wrong & I know you are worried about social unrest but we can end up in a far worse place. #CoronaVirusPakistan pic.twitter.com/Tp8yRkpXAW
— Fakhr-e-Alam (@falamb3) March 20, 2020
The Government of Pakistan needs to lock down & impose restrictions on movement as soon as possible.
It must do so as it arranges logistics for food, medicine & power supply continuity.
The entire nation stands w our PM @ImranKhanPTI, our loyal opposition & military.
— Mosharraf Zaidi (@mosharrafzaidi) March 20, 2020
They pointed out that the statements by the PM and the CM Sindh are contradictory to each other
PM Imran Khan says total lockdown is not a feasible option.
CM Sindh asks people to stay in doors for next 3 days. #CoronaVirusPakistan
— Mansoor Ali Khan (@_Mansoor_Ali) March 20, 2020
A few reminded the PM of how speedily the virus engulfed countries that didn’t take concrete measures to fight it
— Zyan (@zaynahmedp) March 20, 2020
The public, in general, is worried regarding the exponential increase in COVID-19 infected cases all over the world. They are claiming that the steps taken by the central government to fight the deadly virus are not sufficient. A lot of them are advocating the complete lockdown of the country.
So, what are your thoughts on the issue? Do you think that the government is heading in the right direction? Do you really think that following the plan proposed by PM Khan will well-equip the country to get rid of this virus? Let us know everything in the comments below.