On Wednesday, CM Sindh, Murad Ali Shah, almost broke down in tears when he announced the provincial government’s decision of increasing the lockdown by two weeks. The decision was taken to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Sindh to observe strict lockdown for two more weeks
While addressing a press conference, CM Shah said the restrictions during the lockdown will be tougher than before.
Shah said: “We took the extreme step after reviewing and observing what other countries were doing to curb the spread of the virus.”
Shah further added: “This is not a provincial or state-level crisis. We consulted global experts to tackle the situation. We decided on making a quick decision about the lockdown.”
CM Shah got emotional during the conference. He asked the citizens to forgive him for imposing such a strict lockdown in the province.
He said: “We all make mistakes, but the biggest mistake of all would have been not taking measures at the moment.”
وزیراعلی کہتے ہیں غلطیاں ہو سکتی ہیں مگر نیت خراب نہیں ہے ۔ میں معافی مانگتا ہوں خدارا ابھی سیاست ترک کرو ۔ وزیر اعلی @MuradAliShahPPP جذبات میں رو پڑے ۔ pic.twitter.com/vsZAP0NtSM
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CM Shah spoke about the growing number of cases in the province. He stated the province had recorded four more deaths, taking the provincial tally to 35.
The CM shared that he put Sindh’s concerns about the surge in cases in front of the federal government during the first meeting of the National Coordination Committee.
“I had highly recommended a complete lockdown in the country, but my advice was ignored back then,” Shah said.
CM Shah also said that double pillion riding will be banned throughout the province. He also said that tailors, mechanics, barbers and auto part repair shops will remain closed until April 30.
CM urges people to follow the government SOP
The CM also encouraged people from all walks of life to follow the SOPs regarding the lockdown.
He said: “These restrictions may be considered as sureties of your health, therefore, your cooperation will ensure your safety and safety of your families.”
“Strict will be taken against all those sectors who will not follow the standard operating procedures (SOPs) laid out by the government,” warned CM Murad.
The chief minister urged people to keep themselves away from the elderly.
“When you return to your home change your clothes, make yourself fresh, neat and clean – keep yourself at distance from your elders,” he said and informed that seniors were more prone to the infection.
Increase in COVID-19 cases throughout Pakistan
As of Wednesday, the total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country rose to 5,984. Sindh reported 1,518 cases, Punjab 2,945, Balochistan 248, KP 865, Islamabad 131, Gilgit Baltistan (GB) 234 and AJK 43. The death toll stood at 107, with 38 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 35 in Sindh, 2 in Balochistan, 3 in Gilgit-Baltistan, 28 in Punjab, and one in the Islamabad Capital Territory.
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