Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr Zafar Mirza said Monday.
We need to increase our testing capacity to control the local transmission of the coronavirus, he said while addressing a press conference with Federal Planning Minister Asad Umar in Islamabad, Pakistan.
The country’s top health official said the government was launching a pilot project in four districts to trace, test and isolate infected patients. We had tested people who came from abroad or the ones we suspect carrying coronavirus, he added.Volume 0%
The covid-19 has claimed 93 lives in the country and the total number of known cases has crossed 5,000.
The country is under a lockdown for the past couple of months. Asad Umar said the government will decide whether to ease lockdown restrictions or keep them, in the meeting of the National Coordination Committee.
Asad Umar said, businessmen across the country have asked the government to allow them to resume their operations.
He however said that the business owners will have to take responsibility for the health of their workers if the government takes a decision to let them resume their businesses.
Asad Umar said, district administrations across the country and health workers were working 24 hours a day to protect people from the coronavirus and the nation should be thankful to them for their hard work.
Asad Umar said that restrictions and lockdowns are imposed to control the spread of the virus. But, minister added, the people also need to minimise their interaction with each other to contain the spread of the covid-19.