Learn to live with virus, premier to public

By: 24 News      Published: 07:51 PM, 15 May, 2020
Learn to live with virus, premier to public

Prime Minister Imran Khan has warning that the coronavirus crisis will be deepened and the people should learn to live with the virus.

“Scientists have predicted that there will be no vaccine for the virus this year. We will have to learn to live with it,” the premier said while addressing the media on Friday.

Imran dubbed relaxation in lockdown a compulsion to get economic wheel run, saying: “A total of 150 million people have been facing deep economic crisis because of the lockdown.

“How the country could afford to enforce the lockdown. We can contain the virus by imposing lockdown but can’t stop it. The country can’t afford an indefinite lockdown.”

He said cash handouts to jobless people will begin from Monday.

The premier also said that the government was trying to reach a consensus with provinces on opening public transport to facilitate poor people.

About health issues, the PM said: “Although Pakistan's cases were much less than the projection, the tally would continue to increase. It is estimated that four in hundred people infected by the virus will need to go to hospital. This would increase pressure on hospitals and thus, the government was taking steps to increase the country's healthcare capacity.”