Pakistan on Saturday imposed a nine-day shutdown to stop the escalation of the COVID-19 case during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr and affected travel and tourism hotspots.
Already fighting the third wave of infection and growing nervous about it Cross-border crisis in India, The government has imposed the toughest restrictions since a month-long lockdown in April last year.
“From today, all trade and commerce will be closed across the country. People will not be allowed to go to the market to shop for Eid, ”said Kamal Haider of Al Jazeera from the capital Islamabad.
Haider said the Pakistani government feared that “if India were to face the situation” they would not be able to cope with the possible lack of ventilators and oxygen.
Planning Minister Asad Umar, who is in charge of leading Pakistan’s epidemic response, said Pakistan was facing a “dangerous situation”.
Umar said on Twitter, “These measures are caused by the extremely dangerous situation created by spreading horrific mutations of the virus in the region, adding to the need to” confine “the country.”
The need for caution is clear. The danger is greater than ever and there is a knock on our door. In response, the country needs to unite and achieve once again what we have achieved in the first wave, for which we have received worldwide praise. Inshallah we will do it together again
– Asad Omar (Asad_Umar) May 8, 2121
Holy Day, which falls at the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, usually sees crowds of people across the country and crowds of Pakistanis at tourist spots.
Cases have risen in the weeks since the country celebrated last year.
Businesses, hotels and restaurants as well as markets and parks will remain closed, while public transport between provinces and cities has been shut down.
The military has been mobilized to monitor the sanctions.
Mosques, however, will remain open. Authorities fear that the crisis in places of worship could provoke conflict within the deeply conservative Muslim republic.
Poor Pakistan has recorded more than 850,000 infections and 16,600 deaths, but with limited testing and poor health care, many fear that the actual incidence of the disease is worse.
Pakistan The daily death toll has risen to more than 100 in recent weeks
Health officials warned that hospitals were running too close to capacity and they rushed to increase the number of intensive care beds.
Apart from trade, international flights with Iran and Afghanistan have been suspended and border crossings closed.
Political tensions led to the closure of air and land crossings with neighboring India before the epidemic – the collapse of several thousand new cases in a single day.
According to Johns Hopkins University, about 16,600 people have died from Pakistan COVD-19 since last year and more than 654,000 have been confirmed.
Cavax doses present
Pakistan, which has so far vaccinated only a fraction of its population, received its first batch of 1.2 million astraZeneca doses on Saturday as part of a delayed COVAX global vaccine sharing project for low-income countries.
Faisal Sultan, the prime minister’s special assistant for health, has asked people over the age of 40 to register for the shots and said the Pakistani government would soon be able to expand its immunization program to other ages.
A statement issued by Pakistan’s National Command Operations Center said 1,236,400 vaccine doses had reached the first COVAX allocation and another batch of 1,236,000 was expected to arrive within days.
Pakistan has supplied only 3.32 million doses across the country as of May, with a population of over two crore.