'Lockdown Pakistan': Twitterati urge PM Imran to take stronger measures against Covid-19

People fear Pakistan's trajectory of coronavirus matches that of Italy at the moment.
Published March 21, 2020

As the number of coronavirus cases in the country crossed the 500-mark, concerned Pakistani citizens took to Twitter to urge the prime minister to impose a lockdown in the country as a precautionary measure to control the spread of coronavirus.

A day earlier, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah had urged people in Karachi to self-isolate voluntarily for three days. The province has been under partial lockdown.

Omar Nadeem, owner of the Quetta Gladiators franchise in a post on Twitter said he was "breaking his silence" to urge the premier to impose a lockdown in the country.

Singer Ali Zafar also tweeted comparing the number of coronavirus patients in Italy and Pakistan and questioning where Pakistan would stand in terms of virus infections after a month.

Renowned economist Atif Mian in a Twitter thread laid out some of the steps he believed were needed to "protect Pakistan's people and economy". Calling the situation in the country an "emergency", he urged the closure of all non-essential activities to stop the spread of the virus.

Actress Mansha Pasha tweeted that lockdown is the only thing that worked in countries ravaged by the virus.

Fakhre Alam in a video message addressed to the prime minister urged him to impose a two-week lockdown.