Mirza warns of 'huge tragedy' if precautions not taken, says cases rising rapidlyArchive
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr Zafar Mirza warned on Monday that Pakistan's coronavirus cases and deaths were on the rise and urged the nation to take precautions otherwise the situation could turn into a "huge tragedy".
"Unfortunately, there is now this thinking among us that this disease [Covid-19] was only here till Eid and that somehow it'll disappear after Eid. This is a huge misunderstanding.
"I want to warn Pakistanis that if you don't take precautionary measures, this crisis could turn into a huge tragedy," Mirza said during a press conference in Islamabad.
Lamented that the government's instructions and standard operating procedures (SOPs) are not being followed, the prime minister's special assistant warned that if the situation continues, the lockdown may come into effect again.
"As we promised when we eased the lockdown, if this trend continues we may reimpose strict lockdowns after Eid," Mirza said.
"I urge the nation to act with extreme responsibly to curb the spread of the virus. The cases are rising very fast and we need to be careful, more than ever."
Enumerating coronavirus statistics from around the world, prime minister's aide stated that Covid-19 has now infected more than 5.5 million people globally and killed nearly 350,000.
"But the characteristic of this disease is that a huge majority of the patients recover from it — therefore the good news is that millions have also recovered and are now healthy," he said.
He clarified that most of the active cases in the country were mild and those patients were quarantining at home. He requested them to stay at home and recuperate until they are tested negative.
"Unfortunately, there are 112 patients intubated in Pakistan right now. These patients are critically ill and are fighting for their life and death at this very moment." Mirza said, as he warned that the number of critically ill patients in the country was rising rapidly.
He said the spread of the virus could only be halted by staying at home as much as possible, practicing social distancing, wearing masks and taking precautionary measures while going out.