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PM Imran rules out full lockdown but expresses concern over spike in Covid cases

Prime Minister Imran Khan, in a press talk in Lahore on Wednesday, once again appealed to the masses to cooperate with the government and take precautions so that people’s livelihoods are not affected by restrictions.

He said that the authorities were “worried” about increasing pressure on hospitals and medical staff due to the spike in cases.

The premier, however, ruled out a lockdown, saying that the government does not want “people to die due to hunger while protecting them from coronavirus”. He added that the country’s exports had finally picked up and the government does not want to hurt them again by shutting down factories and businesses.

He said that the country was able to overcome the situation in June, when Pakistan saw its first peak, by “coming together and taking precautions” and urged the public to do the same again.

Noting the rapid increase in the number of daily deaths due to the virus, the prime minister said that people should avoid large gatherings as close contact increases the spread of Covid-19.

Responding to a question regarding mass rallies held by opposition parties, the premier said: “Nothing will come of these rallies and gatherings, no one will get an NRO. They (opposition) are endangering people’s lives.

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