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Imran Khan fears coronavirus to devastate third-world economies

Atta Ur Rehman KhanWeb Editor & Columnist

17th Mar, 2020. 06:27 pm
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Prime Minister Imran Khan said, he fears the new coronavirus will devastate third-world economies.
He also said, “Because of the effects of the economic slowdown, my worry is poverty and hunger.”
Imran Khan has warned richer countries to prepare to write off the debts of the world’s poorer states, expressing fear the coronavirus could devastate the economies of developing nations.

According to the details, Imran Khan said, “My worry is poverty and hunger.”

He also said, “The world community has to think of some sort of a debt write-off for countries like us, which are very vulnerable, at least that will help us in coping with [coronavirus].”

In an interview to Quick Take by Bloomberg on Tuesday, the prime minister Imran Khan said “if a serious outbreak happens in Pakistan, he’s worried his government’s efforts to lift the ailing economy out of near-collapse would begin an unstoppable slide backward”.

According to the sources of APP, The prime minister feared exports fall-off, soared unemployment would and an onerous national debt to become an impossible burden.

“It’s not just Pakistan. I would imagine the same in India, in the subcontinent, in African countries,” he said, referring to the virus. “If it spreads, we will all have problems with our health facilities. We just don’t have that capability. We just don’t have the resources.”

He further called for lifting sanctions against Iran, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East.

Pakistan Confirms 193 Coronavirus Cases, count more likely to shoot up

Earlier today, Pakistan has witnessed a significant rise in coronavirus cases, as the toll shoot to 193, more likely to come up.

As per details, much of the cases are reported in Sindh, where Sukkur has witnessed 119 cases, with Karachi 25.

The total number of deadly coronavirus cases in Sindh Province shoots to 146, however recent cases reported also from other provinces as well.


It is to be noted that an ongoing outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, started in December 2019.

It was first identified in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei, China.[5][6] As of 26 February 2020, 81,278 cases have been confirmed, including in all provinces of China and more than forty other countries.

There have been 2,770 deaths attributable to the disease, including 55 outside mainland China, surpassing that of the 2003 SARS outbreak.

However, more than 30,000 people have since recovered.

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