Recommends "intermittent lockdowns" in targeted areas
The World Health Organization has urged Pakistan to impose “intermittent lockdowns” in targeted areas because it said the country didn’t fulfill “prerequisite conditions” before easing restrictions.
“As of today, Pakistan doesn’t meet any of the prerequisite conditions for opening the lockdown,” the WHO letter addressed to Punjab Health Minister Yasmin Rashid read. It was written on June 7.
The virus has so far killed 2,189 people, while the total number of known cases has exceeded 100,000 in Pakistan.
The WHO said the spread of the virus in Pakistan has increased after the government’s decision to relax the lockdown.
In a graph, it explained that the number of new cases per day “rose to around 4,000 with a 25% positivity rate” after the government fully relaxed the lockdown.
The WHO said that countries willing to lift lockdown must meet six prerequisite conditions:
The letter said “the population (in Pakistan) is not ready to adapt to change in behavior (hand washing, respiratory etiquettes and social distancing)”.
The WHO recommended that the Punjab government impose a lockdown for two weeks and ease it in the next two weeks.