Asad Umar shows concern over COVID-19 rising cases

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning and Development, Asad Umar while expressing concerns over the increasing cases of Covid-19 in the country, said that the number of Covid-19 patients on ventilators has gone up over the last 15 days across the country.

Asad Umar, in a tweet, said that coronavirus patients on ventilators in the last 15 days rose by 200% in Peshawar, Multan 200%, Karachi 148%, Lahore 114%, and Islamabad 65%. He also disclosed that Multan and Islamabad’s ventilator’s capacity utilization has reached 70 percent.

Without pointing out opposition parties’ Peshawar public gathering slated for today, he said: “For political leaders to send a message that corona is not a threat is threatening lives.”

Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) is all set to hold a public gathering at Peshawar today (Sunday) despite the government’s ban on rallies due to increasing cases of covid-19.

As per details,120-feet long, 32-feet wide and 8-feet high stage and some 50,000 chairs have been set up at the venue in Peshawar’s Kabootar Chowk.

Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief and PDM chairman Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)vice president Maryam Nawaz and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will address the rally.

Containers have also been placed at the spot while activists of different political parties have also gathered with their respective flags. Local leaders of political parties also distributed masks among the workers.

More than 4,000 police officers have been deployed for the PDM rally in Peshawar while over 1,000 wardens will manage the traffic.