The government has decided to lift lockdown restrictions starting from Saturday (May 9), Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced on Thursday.
Briefing the National Coordination Committee (NCC) meeting to end lockdown across Pakistan, he said the decision has been made in consultation with all provincial chief ministers.
The premier has stressed on the importance to observe social distancing and maintain discipline to combat the fight against Coronavirus. The lockdown has been lifted to ease people’s lives specially the daily earners, he said.
PM added 35 percent of our revenue collection has decreased, while exports have also come down. The labourers and small business has suffered a lot due to shutdown in the country.
PM Imran Khan warned that we can again go to impose lockdown if Coronavirus cases climb beyond limits.
He informed that from today (Thursday) we are going to open various sectors relating to the construction industry.
Noting that Pakistan is witnessing a surge in coronavirus-related deaths, Prime Minister Imran Khan announced on Thursday that the National Coordination Committee (NCC) has decided to lift the lockdown in phases starting from Saturday.
“The decision has been made due to the suffering of our people,” the premier explained.
He added that no one can say for sure if coronavirus cases will see a spike after relaxation in the lockdown.
Prime Minister Khan said the government rolled out the biggest relief package in Pakistan’s history.
“How long can we give a package? So we have to lift the lockdown,” he stressed, adding all industries that are being allowed to resume operations will have to follow standard operation procedures (SOPs) to avoid spread of the deadly pandemic.
“It is up to the people to follow the SOPs as police can’t enforce guidelines by force,” he said.