We can only win war against virus by showing national unit, says PM Imran as he holds live telethon for corona relief fund

Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that the economic impact of coronavirus will worsen further and the government is raising funds to cope with the arising situation.

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He said this while speaking during a telethon on a private TV channel which was held to raise funds to tackle the pandemic on Friday.

He assured those donating money in government’s coronavirus relief fund that it will be disbursed through the Ehsaas programme which is free from human and political interferrence.

Currently, he said the number of beneficiaries is around 12 million, but the number will keep increasing.

The PM said that entire nation stands with health workers in the fight against COVID-19.

He maintained coronavirus cases will increase across the world, including Pakistan. “Rise in number of corona cases will also increase pressure on doctors and healthcare workers.”

He assured to provide protective equipment to the doctors and paramedical staff to fight the coronavirus challenge.

The PM said the government will try to provide complete protective kits to health workers as they are imported from abroad. “The country that makes an atomic bomb can also easily make ventilators but we never focussed on our health sector,” he remarked.

Imran said, “We can only win war against the disease by showing national unity.”

Earlier today, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said that the government was taking all possible measures to protect the health professionals who were leading the fight against the novel coronavirus.

Speaking to the media while on a visit to Peshawar, the premier said that it was likely that the health professionals would come under increased pressure as the number of cases of the virus increased across Pakistan.

“According to global trends, the virus will spread in the next few days, which will put more pressure on the medical community,” he said.

“Right now our main objectives are protecting medical professionals and striking a balance between curbing the spread of the virus and keeping our economy running,” he added.

PM visits HMC, briefed on virus situation

Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived in Peshawar on Friday on a day-long visit to review the coronavirus situation in the province.

The prime minister visited the Hayatabad Medical Complex and was briefed by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government about the measures taken to stem the spread of coronavirus in the region.

The province-wide tally of coronavirus stands at 620 with 22 fatalities reported so far.

The prime minister also visited a facilitation centre established for the distribution of cash grants and rations among the coronavirus affectees in the provincial capital.

Earlier on Thursday during Quetta visit, PM Imran said that the Centre would offer all possible assistance, as well as resources, to the government of Balochistan to tackle the novel coronavirus, which has so far infected more than 200 people there, but warned that the situation could worsen in coming days.

Addressing the provincial cabinet and members of the parliament, PM Imran said the COVID-19 has become a challenge for the entire world, including Pakistan.

“We will fight as a nation against the coronavirus pandemic that has gripped almost the entire world,” he added.

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