The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), acting on a request from the Sindh Government, has agreed to convert its Hanif Mohammad High Performance Centre into a temporary lodging facility for paramedic staff working at a makeshift hospital to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. <p></p> <p></p>Pakistan has reported 803 COVID-19 cases and six deaths so far. Globally, the death count has crossed 16,000. <p></p> <p></p>"All the paramedic staff are our heroes as in these challenging and difficult times, they are risking their lives to save the lives and wellbeing of many affected by COVID-19," PCB Chief Operating Officer Salman Naseer said. <p></p> <p></p>"...the PCB is pleased to offer its state-of-the-art Hanif Mohammad High Performance Centre as a temporary lodging and boarding for the paramedic staff working at Expo Centre hospital so that they can serve those suffering from COVID-19 more effectively and efficiently," Naseer added. <p></p> <p></p>Meanwhile, former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar has called for a national lockdown, lambasting, what he called, casual approach of a few people amid the rapidly-growing crisis. <p></p> <p></p>In a Youtube video, he said he saw a lot of people treating the crisis-forced break like a picnic. <p></p> <p></p>"I had gone out for an important work. I did not shake hands with anyone or hugged anyone. I saw people going to hills for picnic. People are visiting each other, restaurants are still open," he said. <p></p> <p></p>"In India people have imposed self curfew, even in Rwanda people are careful but in Pakistan people are not listening. I don't understand what our people are doing. They don't understand what a big threat it is," he added. <p></p> <p></p>"I request the Pakistan government to take strong action and impose a lockdown in Punjab, clamp section 144. This has to be done."