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COVID-19 cases in Pakistan have crossed 45,000. The country now stands among the top 20 most affected ones in the world.
Even when the positive cases are sharply increasing, Pakistan has eased the lockdown. Government is now allowing shopping malls, businesses, trains, domestic flights etc to function properly but with following all the precautions.
The confirmed official tally shows the cases have risen to 45,898 with 985 deaths while 13,101 patients have recovered so far.
US’s Johns Hopkins University, which has maintained a dashboard of COVID-19 cases worldwide, listed Pakistan at 20 in the number of infected individuals out of 188 countries. Currently, the United States is the most affected country in the world, with 1,500,00+ cases, followed by Russia, Brazil and the United Kingdom. India ranks at the 11th position, as it crosses over 100,000 cases this week.
Millions Of People Are Left Jobless
Number of measures has been taken by our government to help the families who have lost their jobs. This lockdown which has stretched for almost two months has resulted in more than 18 million Pakistanis sitting jobless.
In the wake of massive job losses and help the poor families, Prime Minister Imran Khan last month announced a relief package of US$8 billion. The money will also be used to help businesses and to give tax rebates.
Introduced Cash Assistance Programme
On Monday, Prime Minister Imran also formally launched the disbursement process of Ehsaas Emergency Cash to the people who lost jobs due to COVID-19 pandemic. They will be given cash assistance from the PM COVID-19 Relief Fund which has received large donations from people all over the world.
Cash assistance of Rs12, 000 will be available for every jobless person who has registered for help.
The Prime Minister was accompanied by his Special Assistant on Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation Dr Sania Nishtar and other senior officials to launch the programme.
He was briefed by Dr Nishtaron the whole process. She told the first batch of beneficiaries that the country was passing through difficult times. They assured the government’s support to the vulnerable segments of society.
3.4 Million Help Applications
Since the launch of this scheme on May 2nd, more than 3.4 million jobless have applied for cash assistance via Ehsaas Labour Portal so far.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has once again appealed to philanthropists and businessmen to donate generously to the Relief Fund. So, the country would be able to help the people in dire need.
He reiterated that the government would donate Rs4 for each donated rupee in the Ehsaas Emergency Cash for the jobless.
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