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Pakistan PM plans roadmap to ensure uninterrupted food supplies as coronavirus cases rise to 1,664 PTI |

Pakistan PM Imran Khan (AP) ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan plans to announce a comprehensive roadmap to ensure uninterrupted food supplies across the country, as the number of coronavirus cases rose to 1,664 on Monday, underlining that local transmission of the deadly virus is increasing. The number of coronavirus cases has reached to 1,664, including 632 cases in Punjab, 508 in Sindh, 195 in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP), 144 in Balochistan, 128 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), 51 in Islamabad and 6 in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. So far 18 people have died, including 4 in the last 24 hours and 28 recovered, while another 11 were in critical conditions. The epidemic is still spreading despite steps by the government. Advisor on health Zafar Mirza said local transmission was increasing after government stopped all international flights. “Our patients include 8,083 pilgrims from Iran, 247 passengers from others countries, while local transmission is 29 per cent. But local transmission is increasing,” he said. Prime Minister Khan will soon announce a comprehensive roadmap to ensure uninterrupted food supplies across the country, his aide said. According to Khan’s advisor on information, Firdous Ashiq Awan, the Prime Minister will take people into confidence about delivery of ration and food supplies to deserving poor families across the country at their doorsteps. She said the Prime Minister has advised minister for national food security to ensure availability of food items, including flour. Awan said due to the lockdown to prevent spread of coronavirus, “national economy is being affected and chain of daily use items has slowed down”, which created fear of shortages.

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