PM Imran lauds nation’s resilience as Pakistan marks 100 days of battle against COVID-19

Web Desk 10:10 PM | 4 Jul, 2020
PM Imran lauds nation’s resilience as Pakistan marks 100 days of battle against COVID-19

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Imran Khan has appreciated the resilience and adaptability of the nation to adjust to the new normal by following standard operating procedures (SOPs) in order to face the challenge of Covid-19 as the South Asian country battles with the coronavirus outbreak.

The premier expressed his view on an occasion organized to mark the 100 days of fight against the virus at National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC).

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and other high-ranking officials were present on the occasion. Representatives of the provincial governments attended the event via video link.

Noting downward trajectory in spread of diesease, he directed officials to ensure strict implementation of SOPs and smart lockdown strategy.  

He also called for continuing mass awareness campaign to curtail the spread of coronavirus and specially prevent its resurgence during Eid-ul- Azha.

On the occasion, the prime minister was also briefed in detail about the current situation and the pattern analysis of COVID-19 spread.

He was also apprised on how the strategy of smart lockdown had yielded results in balancing life and livelihood, keeping the economy afloat, addressed the issues of poor and the working class while containing the disease.

COVID-19 and Pakistan's economy 

It was highlighted that as per International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) World Economic Outlook, amongst a group of 30 countries, Pakistan has reversed the projected downturn from -0.4 to 1.1. From July 19 to May 20, Pakistan’s exports fared much better as compared to the exports from other countries of the region.

Khan lauded the efforts of NCOC team in putting up a robust response to the pandemic and ensuring coordinated actions throughout the country.

From daily monitoring of the situation to the capacity enhancement of health system and from establishing a credible database to better resource management and formulation of appropriate SOPs, the NCOC had led from the front in the fight against pandemic, the prime minister observed.

He also paid tributes to all doctors and para-medical staff, emergency responders working as frontline workers against COVID-19.

The prime minister also acknowledged the role and services of healthcare workers, emergency responders and management team from all the provinces, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan.

Coordinated efforts during pandemic

Minister for Special Initiatives Asad Umar on this occasion paid rich tributes to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), provincial governments, police and law-enforcement agencies for their day-and-night efforts against the virus and for ensuing effective coordination among various departments.

It is because of their coordinated efforts, today, recoveries from coronavirus have outnumbered the active cases, he said.

According to the NCOC, 125,094 people have recovered across Pakistan, while the number of active cases is 95,570. At least 4,662 people have lost their lives since the pandemic beginning in mid March this year.

“Our frontline health workers, doctors, nurses, and medical staff are our heroes, said he adding the government was making all out efforts to ensure that both — fight against coronavirus and normal course of life — went side by side,” he said.

He, however, cautioned against the violation of SOPs against Covid-19, as it could result in recurrence of coronavirus.

Covid-19 tests reduced

Pakistan is conducting less than 25,000 Covid-19 tests on daily basis while a fortnight ago, the number stood between 30,000 and 35,000.

According to the health ministry’s website, the tally of daily cases has declined from earlier figures of 4,000-5,000 to 3,000-4,000.

On Saturday, the number of cases in last 24 hours was reported at 3,387 while 68 deaths were caused during this period.

Clerics urge combined Eid sacrifice 

As the eid is approaching later this month, prominent clerics and noted scholars of the country have advised the people to prefer collective sacrifices to individual rituals.

The moon-sighting committee’s chairman, Mufti Munib-ur-Rehman, along with other ulema and clerics has given a set of SOPs which, he claims, has been agreed on by all the clerics of all schools of thought and the Sindh government.

He appealed to the people and the provincial administration to cooperate with each other amid the threat of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Although the number of coronavirus cases in Pakistan has jumped above 226,000, the Imran Khan-government is confident it will handle the pandemic and the number will decline in July and August.

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KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 4, 2023 (Saturday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 279.9 283.2
Euro EUR 300.98 301.58
UK Pound Sterling GBP 337.01 337.71
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.14 75.44
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.55 73.85
Australian Dollar AUD 189 192
Bahrain Dinar BHD 712.72 720.69
Canadian Dollar CAD 200 202.2
China Yuan CNY 39.67 39.73
Danish Krone DKK 39.33 39.73
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 34.19 34.54
Indian Rupee INR 3.28 3.39
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 878 887
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.83 63.43
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.25 175.25
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.79 27.09
Omani Riyal OMR 696.08 704.08
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 73.62 74.32
Singapore Dollar SGD 204 206
Swedish Korona SEK 25.61 25.91
Swiss Franc CHF 291.69 294.19
Thai Bhat THB 8.15 8.30

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 205,200 on Saturday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs175,930.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs167,318 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 195,157.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Karachi PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Islamabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Peshawar PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Quetta PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Sialkot PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Attock PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Gujranwala PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Jehlum PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Multan PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Bahawalpur PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Gujrat PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Nawabshah PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Chakwal PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Hyderabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Nowshehra PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Sargodha PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Faisalabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Mirpur PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430


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