Pakistan : Coronavirus scare, World Happiness Index and more

24 March 2020 05:57 PM
  • Pakistan : Coronavirus scare, World Happiness Index and  more

NEW DELHI: Like the rest of the world, news headlines in Pakistan were mainly occupied with the outbreak of coronavirus in the country last week. The country has been debating the impact of lockdown on a country where a majority of the population relies on daily wages. The government has been criticised for failing to enforce a stringent lockdown to stall the outbreak.

The Sindh province of Pakistan reported 42 new coronavirus cases on Monday- three in Karachi and 39 in Sukkur. The provincial tally is now 394. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa reported around 40 cases as of Monday. The total number of Covid-19 cases in Punjab has now gone up to 246. Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) "Prime Minister" Raja Farooq Haider announced that a complete lockdown will be imposed in the region for three weeks starting midnight on Monday.

Pakistan's initial economic losses in various sectors have been estimated at Rs 1.3 trillion in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak in the country. These losses will be incurred on account of the drop in the GDP growth because of reduction in the services sector, including airline business and others, Pakistan's Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) loss, the massive decline in imports, exports, reduction in remittances, and disruption in food supplies, The News International reported.

All celebratory events were cancelled, barring a 31-gun salute in Islamabad and a 21 gun-salute in the four provincial capitals. The traditional parade in the national capital Islamabad was also cancelled as troops have been deployed to tackle the outbreak of coronavirus.

Pakistan Day is observed to commemorate the passing of the Lahore Resolution in 1940 where Muslim leaders of the Sub-continent set the agenda for a separate homeland for the Muslims.