PM Khan to review coronavirus situation in NCC meeting today

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan will chair the National Coordination Committee (NCC) meeting in Islamabad today, in order to review the country-wide measures taken so far to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

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The meeting, which will be attended by provincial chief ministers, alongside federal ministers and diplomats, will focus on the formulation of strategies to ensure continuity of the industrial and economic activities and future planning amid coronavirus crisis in the country.

The committee is likely to decide on providing more relief funds to the people, who are facing hardships due to the sudden country-wide lockdown that has now continued for weeks.

Later in the day, the second meeting of the Special Committee of National Assembly for the ‘affectees of coronavirus’, presided by Speaker Asad Qaiser, will also be conducted in Islamabad.

PM Imran Khan, after the previous NCC meeting, said that the virus would not go way in two or three weeks but would continue for quite some time and the country did not have the resources to deal with the pandemic on a larger scale.

According to The News report, he said that the federal government decided to open the construction sector from April 14 while the agriculture sector was already open, exempted from the lockdown.

The prime minister had also urged people to get themselves registered with the Corona Tigers Relief Force, which would have two main purposes: to help identify people, who are desperately in need of help and identify people, who need to be put under quarantine.

The PM had also announced the launch of Ehsaas Cash Disbursement Programme, which he said would give cash to families in ‘17,000 areas’ of the country.

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