Robust recovering eco not to be hurt by lockdown, Khan

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has reiterated not to take measures, like a lockdown, that will start hurting the national economy which at the moment is showing signs of robust recovery.
In a series of tweets on Sunday, the Prime Minister, however, warned that the government may be compelled to enforce a “complete lockdown” across Pakistan if coronavirus cases continue to rise at the same rate, blaming the opposition for holding political gatherings and endangering people’s lives as a result.
The Prime Minister blamed the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) – an alliance of Opposition parties – for “deliberately endangering lives and livelihoods” by holding jalsas across the country with coronavirus cases in Pakistan on the rise. “If [coronavirus] cases continue to rise at the rate we are seeing, we will be compelled to go into complete lockdown and the PDM will be responsible for [the] consequences,” he tweeted.
Reiterating his often-repeated stance, the Premier told the opposition parties that he would not grant them an NRO (national reconciliation ordinance) even if they hold “a million jalsas”.
“Opposition is callously destroying people’s lives & livelihoods in their desperation to get an NRO. Let me make it clear: they can hold a million jalsas but will not get any NRO,” he tweeted.
The Prime Minister said that the second Covid-19 spike in Pakistan is of great concern as the number of patients on ventilators has increased during the last 15 days. He said that utilisation of ventilator facility has increased 200 percent in Peshawar and Multan, 148 percent in Karachi, 114 percent in Lahore and 65 percent in Islamabad.
The Prime Minister said across the world, there is a second spike and most of the countries have imposed complete lockdown. – TLTP

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