Yesterday I heard a news flash that Imran Khan, one of the world’s best cricketers turned politician announced that Coronavirus lockdown in Pakistan was to be lifted on Saturday.
I am never afraid t publish fake news, provided it stimulates the readers mind to possible options that exists out-there, but locked-down for six weeks, a Government that has a death rate starting to climb, and he is considering removing restrictions this must be ‘fake news’, you decide.
According to a published news report that I quote from, Imran Khan’s announcement, if this was published in South Africa, and attributed to our President, every South African would consider it to be fake news, Pakistan are lifting lockdown, in the interests of the mainly informal sector, feeding their families.
“We know our curve of infections and deaths (from COVID-19) is gradually rising. But the rate of increase is relatively very low in Pakistan,” Khan said in his post-meeting nationally televised remarks.
In defending the decision, Khan said it is not possible for anyone to predict when and if Pakistan will experience a peak like that of Europe and other worst-hit areas.
“Why are we going ahead to ease the lockdown? Because people in our country, particularly daily wagers, small shopkeepers, taxi drivers, laborers, white-collar families are all facing an extremely difficult situation to feed their families,” Khan said.
South Africa should follow Pakistan, we have exactly the same death trend per 100 000 population, we have exactly the same population that are suffering from poverty and hunger.
Pakistan is more concerned about keeping their healthy informal population alive, rather than killing the virus.
South Africa, follow the Pakistan model, we could be playing International Cricket at the Wanderers in September.
Cedric de la Harpe