Pakistan not as affected by coronavirus like other countries: Shafqat Mehmood

ISLAMABAD: Addressing the floor of the House, Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood said that the government has decided to take everyone along as we deal with the pandemic.

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“Pakistan has not been affected with coronavirus as badly as other countries. Since we want to keep everyone on the same page, we established the National Coordination Committee and National Command and Control Centre,” he said.

Speaking about the criticism about the lockdown in the country, Mehmood said that those criticising it had no idea about the daily wagers and the poor. “Coronavirus has affected the poor the most. Because of the lockdown, the daily wagers and the labourers had been the most affected.”

He added the government has already launched Tele School, which was educating students of various classes from eight in the morning till six in the evening.

Mehmood added that all the decisions had been taken in consultation with provinces and other stakeholders regarding the closure of schools and cancellation of board exams.

The minister said the government took precautionary measures like imposing lockdown and closure of educational institutions, marriage halls, and transport to prevent the spread of the pandemic.

He added that said efforts were also being made to support downtrodden and poor people who had been affected due to lockdown

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