Corona surge in AJK, lockdown enforced, high level meeting reviews relevant measures


MUZAFFARABAD: The AJK government has imposed lock down again throughout the state to counter the increasing trend of corona pandemic.  This was decided at a high-level meeting held in Muzaffarabad on Sunday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Raja Muhammad Farooq Haider Khan.

The meeting expressed its serious concern over the increasing patients of corona pandemic and directed the concerned officials to formulate a vibrant and comprehensive policy within two days for the implementation of lock down in the state again and to make the policy more effective.

Speaking on the occasion; Farooq Haider said that economic powers of the world have failed to counter the effects of COVID 19 despite having all resources therefore effective and timely steps are needed   to check the virus. He said the government has limited resources to deal with the situations however all available avenues should be channelized to control the covid.19 pandemic.

He directed to make entry points more effective and implementation of complete SOPs in all the educational institutions of the state. He said religious, political and social gathering will be made limited to deal with the pandemic.     

He said the government is fully aware of the difficulties being faced by the people, but the implementation of two-week restrictions will not only save their own lives but the lives of the others as well. He appealed to the general public to adopt precautionary measures and use of masks be made compulsory in their daily life. It will be made compulsory in all offices and other public places as well in transport to save the lives of the people and added that violators will be dealt according to the law.

Earlier the Prime Minister was briefed by the AJK health department about the increasing patients of covid.19 and added that there are 8.3 percent of corona patients positive in Azad Kashmir which is higher than any other provinces of Pakistan. The health department also briefed the Prime Minister about the present number of corona patients and hospitalization facilities extended to them in all over Azad Kashmir.  

Since the beginning of the outbreak in February, AJK recorded a total of 2,816 infections.  On the basis for the lockdown, Haider cited a surge in the territory’s coronavirus positivity rate to 8.3 percent — higher than in other areas of Pakistan.