Prime Minister Imran Khan has warned the nation of a looming fourth wave of Covid-19 in the country due to delta variant.
“We fear the Indian variant could strike Pakistan and as a precautionary measure, we need to adhere to the SOPs,” he warned.
“The virus is not the same and it is mutating now,” the premier said.
In his televised address to the public on Thursday, said that with the rising number of coronavirus cases in the country, it is necessary for everyone to wear a mask.
“Even though I know that people are fed up of following the SOPs across the world and I understand that, I would again like to appeal to the masses to [at least] wear a mask at all times so that the country could be saved from the possible fourth wave of the pandemic,” he said.
“It’s a very easy job to wear a mask, and this simple step can save the country and our economy from disaster.”
“We, however, fear a fourth wave is coming,” he remarked and requested people to wear masks at all times.
“You have to wear masks in closed settings such as weddings, restaurants, and buses. Wearing a mask is not difficult and it can help us save lives.”
“We have to be careful if we don’t want the country’s wedding halls and restaurants to be closed once again, the PM added.
“Lockdown affects the poor and we have been working towards protecting them.” Indonesia and Bangladesh have imposed lockdown again and we don’t want to do that.
“Wear a mask on Eid and ensure that you slaughter your animals outside cities,” he advised. “We have to protect the country from the fourth waves.”
The premier also urged the citizens to get themselves vaccinated.
“Unfortunately we do not produce vaccines, so we may get a bit late in vaccinating our entire population against the coronavirus,” he said.
He urged people, especially those in urban areas, to take the jabs.
“If we survive the fourth wave, we will be able to save our country,” he concluded.