PM Imran expresses fears coronavirus cases may rise by May 20

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday expressed fears that the coronavirus cases across the country may increase by May 20, saying that his government was concerned about the impact it would have on the poor in Pakistan.
The prime minister was addressing a video conference session with his ministers to update the masses about the coronavirus situation. He said that the situation in Pakistan was much better compared to other countries but expressed fears that the coronavirus cases could rise by May 20.
He said that his government was preparing to deal with the increasing number of cases but warned that it would put pressure on hospitals. He urged critics not to politicise the pandemic, saying that a partial lockdown had been imposed keeping in mind the plight of the poor in the country. 
“I would like to request everyone to stop playing politics on this issue. This has been happening since the past two to three weeks,” he said, speaking to media. “There is a group that wants more damage to happen in the country so that they can benefit politically from this.”
PM Imran said that leaders around the world had made mistakes in dealing with the pandemic and had been reprimanded by media. He said that the Government of Pakistan had taken steps beforehand keeping in mind the interests of the people.
Addressing media reports about the rise in coronavirus deaths in Karachi, the prime minister expressed his displeasure by referring to them as ‘irresponsible’, urging people not to spread panic among the masses. “It is an irresponsible act to say people are dying without verifying it,” he added.
The prime minister categorically rejected claims that the government was hiding coronavirus deaths. “Which silly government will hide coronavirus deaths? It is in the government’s interest that it gets full information. If we hide facts from people, will the cases disappear?” he asked.
PM Imran said that it is his government’s main aim to think of the impoverished when taking important decisions. “We must not think only of the people residing in Defence or E-sector alone,” he said. “We should think about the people residing in katchi abadis as well,” he added.
The prime minister cited the example of the Muhajireen and the Ansars who helped each other at a time of crisis. This, he said, led Muslims to establish the State of Madinah which was a perfect example for other states to follow.
“I believe this is a trial from Allah and it is my faith that Pakistan will emerge stronger from this test,” he said. “Pakistan Paindabad.”

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