All grocery shops and superstores have been asked to be closed by 5pm on Saturday as the lockdown in Sindh becomes more strick amid increasing cases of coronavirus.
The decision has been taken by the Singh government to ensure an illiberal and more effective lockdown. With people restricted to their homes already, this would minimalize the chances of any further infections. Subsequently, bringing a halt to the Coronavirus nationwide toll.
As per news reports, CM Syed Murad Ali Sindh promulgated the decision after finding people loitering unnecessarily on the streets despite repeated requests by the authorities to remains indoors.
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Whilst ordering the IGP Sindh, Mushtaq Mahar to make the lockdown sterner, CM Shah has asserted in a meeting, “We had decided to close shops from 8 pm to 8 am. On the contrary, people have started taking its unnecessary benefit and keep roaming here and there. Therefore, I have decided that shops, including groceries, etc, from now on, will operate from 8 am to 5 pm from Saturday.”
The meeting was attended by Health Minister Dr Azra Pechuho, Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah, Director General of Sindh Rangers Major General Omar Bukhari. Following, Home Secretary Usman Chachar, Brig Sami of V Corps and Dr Abdul Bari of the Indus Hospital.
“This shows that the local transmission is still progressing. Therefore, we all have to observe a complete lockdown, otherwise, we will not be in a position to control it,” added Murad Ali Shah.
Social distancing in Sindh
With regard to the ban on offering congregational prayers in mosques, Murad said that the decision was for the benefit of people. “Only and after proper consultation with the ulemas, the government took the decision to close all mosques,” he added.
“At home, I kept following the Imam of our mosque. As he was leading the Juma prayers in the mosque on the loudspeaker. Importantly, we should all follow such observance,” he said.
Over 25,000 people have died from COVID-19 worldwide, while more than 551,000 infections have been confirmed in at least 170 countries. Over 127,000 people have recovered from the coronavirus.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and health experts, only by adopting and social distancing and washing hands frequently, the world can fight the deadly virus.
This is one of the reasons why the Sindh government in Pakistan is proposing strict measures in the city as the number of confirmed virus cases continues to go up in the country.
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