PM Imran extends Pakistan coronavirus lockdown by two weeks

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14 April 2020

Prime Minister Imran Khan said Tuesday the current lockdown in Pakistan to contain the coronavirus pandemic was to continue for another two weeks at schools and public places but that certain industries, such as construction, would be opened effectively tomorrow, APA reports citing The International News. 

Speaking of the government's response to the virus so far, PM Imran said: "Owing to the restrictions we imposed, the virus did not spread the way it should have. It only spread to an extent of 30% as opposed to our projections."

The premier said the government's projections were based on worldwide trends. "Some 190 people should have died so far but we have less than half the number of deaths from the projected number," he said.

He warned that the people should still all be mindful that "this virus can spread rapidly at any time".

"We need to continue to exercise caution," he added.