Imran admits slow response to coronavirus outbreak
Sets up Corona Relief Fund, Tiger Force: Lifts ban on goods transport
While admitting slow response to the coronavirus outbreak in Pakistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday announced lifting the ban on goods transport fearing a food scarcity as a result of the earlier decision that had put on hold all the transport.
The prime minister also announced to form a citizen portal for the corona youth force, named as Corona Relief Tiger Force and the Corona Relief Fund.
While tacitly realizing the government’s mistake of slow response to the pandemic, PM Imran Khan said “The first step I’m going to take is to lift the ban on the goods transport,” ensuring the people there is food security.
Speaking to the media men in Islamabad, the PM said that the growing perception among the people that we’re heading to the food crisis is wrong, partly because of the panic buying and partly because of the government’s decision to ban the transport system.
He said, “Currently, we have to face a bigger threat than the coronavirus, and that is taking wrong decisions under confusion.”
The PM said “Nobody can predict what is afoot tomorrow or after two weeks,” and added that “We’ve to prepare for the worst-case scenario.”
While giving Chinese example that recovered miraculously from the virus, Imran Khan said “They recovered as they had ensured the provision of food at the doorsteps of the people during quarantine,” and added that “Pakistan feared driving in fifth gear as it could have had repercussions.”
PM Imran said that the country needs youth as a vanguard against the war against the coronavirus. “We’ll divide them region-wise and they will be responsible to bring food to those areas more affected by the virus.”
He said Pakistan did not “import” any single coronavirus case from China, adding that 70 percent of the cases came from Iran. He also admitted that Pakistan lacked facilities on the Taftan border.
The PM said that “this (coronavirus) never happened in Pakistan, we had to take some response time,” and added that Pakistan is still blessed by the God as there is an extreme situation as in Italy or the US where the coronavirus spread roughly during the same time as in Pakistan.