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COVID-19 intensity still low in Pakistan, says PM Imran Khan even as cases near 14,000

Khan, however, urged people to maintain social distancing as it was the best way to control the spread of the deadly virus in the country.

Published: 28th April 2020 10:26 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th April 2020 10:26 AM   |  A+A-

People pray before receiving free food for breaking their fast on the second day of Ramadan, in Islamabad, Pakistan. Sunday, April 26, 2020.

People pray before receiving free food for breaking their fast on the second day of Ramadan, in Islamabad, Pakistan. Sunday, April 26, 2020. (Photo | AP)

By IANS

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said the intensity of the coronavirus pandemic in the country was not as severe as it was in other parts of the world.

He stated this while presiding over a meeting on impact of the pandemic on the country's social fabric and economy on Monday, reports Dawn news.

According to an official statement, the meeting was informed that the number of patients and deaths due to coronavirus is less than that in other countries of the world.

A source privy to the meeting told Dawn news that Khan was quite satisfied that the intensity of COVID-19 was still low in Pakistan as compared to other countries, especially the US and Europe.

Khan, however, urged people to maintain social distancing as it was the best way to control the spread of the deadly virus in the country.

The Prime Minister said the government was monitoring the situation closely and would soon announce its next strategy regarding the lockdown keeping in view the need of the people of all segments of society and the holy month of Ramzan.

He said the government was devising a strategy to provide relief to the poor and common man by keeping a balance in enforcement of preventive measures and revival of low-risk economic activities.

As of Tuesday, Pakistan has recorded 13,947 coronavirus cases, with 293 deaths.

Over 50 police personnel test COVID-19 positive in Karachi

More than 50 police personnel have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Karachi, officials said.

According to documents reviewed by Dawn news on Monday, six inspectors are among the 51 personnel of the Sindh Police whose tests have returned positive.

Sindh province is the worst-hit in Pakistan. Of the total 13,947 cases in the country, Sindh accounts for 4,956 infections.

According to Karachi City police chief Additional Inspector General Ghulam Nabi Memon, the majority of infected police officials in the city were not those deployed in active field duty.

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