Islamabad, May 7: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday announced that his government would begin lifting the nationwide lockdown from May 9 in a phased manner. As per Dawn, Mr Khan took this decision after noticing that people were suffering from the restrictions which were imposed since April 1. Before taking the decision, he also had a detailed deliberations with the National Coordination Committee (NCC) in Islamabad.
The Tehreek-e-Insaf leader urged the people to take responsibility in the fight against the virus and underscored that success against the pandemic was chiefly dependent upon the people's adherence to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) issued by the government. He made it clear that if people failed to follow the SOP's and cases rise, then the government would have no other choice but to reimpose the lockdown. So far, the total confirmed Covid-19 cases in Pakistan stands at 24,146 which includes 559 deaths. As many as 6,464 people have recovered from the disease. (UNI)