We can not afford complete lock down: PM


ISLAMABAD, MARCH 31 (Online): Prime Minister Imran Khan has said we cannot afford complete lockdown and we will continue our business at limited level.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said this at Wednesday’s National Coordination Committee (NCC) meeting for corona, chaired by the PM himself via video link.

The prevailing corona situation was discussed in details in the meeting. The Prime Minister directed strict implementation of SOPs and said that business would continue on a limited scale.
The Prime Minister said that the first wave was successfully countered due to our better strategy and once again, circumstances require the nation to show responsibility. A nationwide campaign should be launched to ensure the use of masks and full implementation of SOPs, he added.
The meeting was also briefed on vaccine procurement and the ongoing vaccination drive across the country. The Prime Minister directed that merit and transparency be ensured in the vaccination process.
The meeting endorsed the decision to immediately ban all indoor and outdoor activities across the country. Restrictions will apply to districts and cities with more than 8% positive cases. The meeting also considered the option of reducing inter-provincial transport.
PM said the administrative machinery should ensure implementation of SOPs and no leniency should be shown in this regard.

The PM said the third wave of corona virus is intense , therefore, implementation of SOPs should be ensured strictly.

Interior minister Sheikh Rashid said no decision was taken to impose complete lockdown. Decision has been taken to launch countrywide campaign for wearing masks.