Minister Asad Umar Compares COVID-19 To Road Accidents
Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar on Sunday compared the deadly effects of covid-19 with that of road accidents in Pakistan.
The minister, while addressing a press briefing at the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), said: “Around 4,000 people die in road accidents in the country every month, but we still allow cars on roads, because their necessity is greater than the danger of those accidents.” Asad Umar, who heads the NCOC, noted that an average of 24 people were dying every because of Covid-19 in the country every day for the last six days and if the situation carried one in a similar manner, there would be 720 deaths each month.
“If we focus on bringing Covid-19 deaths to zero, we must realise that we cope with the measures it would be needed for doing that. We will not be able to pay the economic price required to undertake these measures,” the head of NCOC said.
The federal minister also feared that around 18 million people could lose their jobs in the country because of the lockdown imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. He said that according to Pakistan Institute of Development Economics [PIDE], between 20 million and 70 million people in the country might fall below the poverty line.
Twitterati have been criticsing the ruling party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader for comparing a contagious disease with road accidents.
Ghareebo k Aristotle: 4,000 people die in road accidents in Pakistan every month, but we still allow cars on roads, Asad Umar.
Pandemic outbreak = road accidents. Brightest of PTI. https://t.co/zZ7RiOuDd1
— Naila Inayat नायला इनायत (@nailainayat) May 3, 2020
Heard The Brain 🎾 of #PTI Asad Umar has said that people die in traffic accidents too.
Only a PTI leader can compare traffic accidents with a pandemic. I wonder where the brain 🧠 of PTI people are placed. Probably they sit on it while holding a press conference
— Khalid Munir (@Khalid_Munir) May 3, 2020
Someone please tell Asad Umar sahib that car accidents are not contagious 🙄 https://t.co/eL7Ect0HvM
— Khurram Qureshi (@qureshik74) May 4, 2020
NCOC Chair Asad Umar compares transport deaths with deaths due to a GLOBAL PANDEMIC to build case for easing/lifting lockdown.
"4000 die in traffic but we still allow traffic."🤦♀️
Note that NCOC is supposedly spearheading Pakistan's fight agnst COVID. Imagine our helplessness. pic.twitter.com/ZgwWFfjls9
— Maleeha Manzoor (@MaleehaManzoor) May 3, 2020
Asad Umar compared COVID deaths to automobile accidents pic.twitter.com/H4XSaU6sBC
— Anaya Khan (@AnayaNKhan) May 3, 2020
— Asma (@AsmaZhk) May 3, 2020
Asad Umar believes that road accidents cause more deaths than Corona. Why do not they shut all emergency units if that is the cutt off Asad Umar wants to achieve. https://t.co/9OIysNzDbu
— Sardar Nouman (@NoumanFK) May 4, 2020
This explains what they are doing (or rather not). Somebody needs to send this to @Asad_Umar but hopes of drilling some sense in our ruling elite's head might be too much to expect.https://t.co/jWGQpuUGJw https://t.co/2Q7UOBKo1n
— Awais Saleem (@awaissaleem77) May 4, 2020