Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah said Thursday the Sindh government would tighten imposed restrictions starting Sunday to restrict people within their homes as the coronavirus situation worsens.
“People do not understand the [gravity] of the situation,” Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah said during a meeting with provincial minister, advisers, and other officials in attendance, according to statement from the CM House.
The chief minister, on the advice of the experts and members of the task force, has decided that from Friday all shops, including grocery stores, would be closed after 6pm.
Karachi’s coronavirus infection rate shot up to 14.32% in the last 24 hours, prompting the Sindh government to tighten the already imposed restrictions in place to curb the spread of the virus.
In light of the increasing number of cases, Karachi’s district administration sealed 64 shops, arrested seven persons, and warned 369 for violating coronavirus SOPs.
Restaurants will now not be able to offer takeaways after iftar, but they will be allowed to offer home delivery service.
Closing recreational places
CM Shah announced all recreational places, including Sea View, Hawksbay, and others would be closed to the public.
The chief minister also directed the health department to start giving vaccines to private hospitals with the direction to administer them free of cost.
The meeting proposed the chief minister speak to the federal government regarding banning passenger train services for the upcoming Eid holidays.
It was told that in the last 24 hours 1,239 passengers had arrived at Jinnah airport. Out of them, five tested positive and have shifted to a quarantine centre.
Minister Health Dr Azra Fazal Secretary health Kazim Jatoi told the meeting that on the instructions of the chief minister quarantine facilities at local hotels were being revived.
Testing facilities all over Sindh are also being enhanced, she said, and added that import of small-scale oxygen generation plants was in progress.
Reviewing the status of critical care beds, it was disclosed that out of 647 ICU beds only 55 are occupied and 167 are vacant. Similarly, out of 1,796 HDU beds, 394 are occupied.
The chief minister directed district administration and the police to enforce SOPs properly.
Pakistan reports over 100 deaths
At least 108 more succumbed to the coronavirus during the past 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 18,537 in Pakistan as the country grapples with the third wave of the coronavirus.
According to the official data provided by National Command Operation Centre (NCOC) on Thursday, 4,198 cases were reported when 46,467 tests were conducted across the country in the past 24 hours.
The positivity rate of coronavirus cases have been recorded at 9.03%.
The number of active cases stand at 84,172, with the nationwide recoveries rising to 743,124.
Moreover, about 5,624 coronavirus patients are admitted to 631 various hospitals with 651 patients on ventilators across the country.