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Punjab Health Minister Terms Nation ‘Illiterate’ For Not Taking Coronavirus Seriously

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Punjab Health Minister Yasmin Rashid has termed the nation ‘illiterate’ for not taking the deadly coronavirus seriously and not following the government’s standard operating procedures (SOPs) to counter the spread of the virus.

The provincial minister in her interview to journalist Shahzaib Khanzada on his show, said: “Lahoris [citizens of Lahore] are ‘weird creatures’ of aren’t even ready to listen what we have been saying regarding the virus and social distancing. I think no nation would have been more illiterate than us.”

She said that Allah will be doing extra work on ignorant Pakistanis to save them from the fata virus. “People didn’t do any social distancing. They thought the virus has gone. Unfortunately, a lot people contracted the virus during their Eid shopping,” the minister added.

On Monday, Punjab government announced the imposition of a complete lockdown in some parts of Lahore. The decision was taken in view of the rising Covid-19 cases in the city. Addressing a press conference, Yasmin Rashid said that the lockdown will begin on midnight Monday. Grocery stores and pharmacies were exempted from the lockdown. The areas which are locked down include Shahdra, Shad Bagh, Harbanspura, Allama Iqbal Town, Mazang, Old Lahore, Nishtar Town, Cantt, Gulberg, and Johar Town.

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