The Sindh government has decided to impose an immediate lockdown till August 8 as the province continues to battle the dangerous surge in COVID-19 infections, Geo News reported Friday.
It goes into effect tomorrow (Saturday).
This was decided in a meeting chaired by Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah of the coronavirus task force which was attended by provincial ministers, medical experts and representatives of the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) on Friday.
For the first time, parliamentary leaders of political parties were also invited to the COVID-19 task force meeting. Besides this, the Sindh Ranger DG was also invited.
The Sindh health department had proposed a two-week lockdown to the task force, while medical experts had proposed a two-week ban on inter-city transport. A proposal was also made to close all educational institutions and educational activities for two weeks.
The National Command and Operation Centre had opposed the idea of a complete lockdown in Karachi and the head of the NCOC, Asad Umar, said that closing the entire city for weeks is not a cure.
The Sindh government, however, had said that it does not care what the federation says and that the only immediate solution to bring down virus cases was a lockdown.
Key decisions in the Sindh coronavirus task force meeting
The lockdown goes into effect from tomorrow. Here are some of the key decision that were made:
- Government offices will be closed from next week.
- Those who do not get vaccinated will not get their salary after August 31.
- Vaccination cards of anyone roaming the streets will be checked.
- The Export industry will remain open.
- All markets in the province will remain closed, but pharmacies will stay open.
- Inter-city transport will be closed