As the coronavirus situation worsens, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah said Thursday that the state government would tighten restrictions beginning Sunday to keep residents in their houses.
“People do not understand the [gravity] of the situation,”
According to a statement from the CM House, Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah made the remarks during a meeting with provincial ministers, advisors, and other officials in attendance.
On the recommendation of experts and task force representatives, the chief minister has announced that all shops, including grocery stores, will be closed after 6 p.m. beginning Friday.
In Karachi, the coronavirus transmission rate has risen to 14.32 percent in the last 24 hours, forcing the Sindh government to tighten the already-imposed restrictions aimed at containing the virus’s spread.
Due to the growing number of incidents, Karachi’s district administration closed 64 stores, detained seven people, and issued warnings to 369 people for breaching coronavirus SOPs.
Restaurants will no longer be able to provide takeaways after iftar, but they will be able to provide home delivery.
Recreational facilities are being closed.
Both recreational areas, including Sea View, Hawksbay, and others, will be inaccessible to the public, according to CM Shah.
The chief minister also ordered the health department to begin distributing vaccines to private hospitals with the instruction that they be administered free of charge.
The meeting suggested that the chief minister consult with the federal government about prohibiting passenger train services during the forthcoming Eid holidays.
It was recorded that 1,239 passengers had arrived at Jinnah airport in the previous 24 hours. Out of them, five tested positive and have moved to a quarantine centre.
Dr. Azra Fazal, Minister of Health Facilities According to Secretary of Health Kazim Jatoi, quarantine facilities at local hotels are being reopened on the chief minister’s orders.
Sindh’s testing facilities are also being improved, she said, adding that the import of small-scale oxygen generation plants was underway.
When the state of critical care beds was examined, it was discovered that only 55 of the 647 ICU beds are filled, while the remaining 167 are empty. Similarly, 394 of the 1,796 HDU beds are populated.
The chief minister ordered district administration and police to better enact SOPs.
About 100 people have been killed in Pakistan.
At least 108 more people died from the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, bringing the overall death toll in Pakistan to 18,537 as the world battles the coronavirus’s third wave.
According to official data released by the National Command Operation Centre (NCOC) on Thursday, 4,198 cases were identified while 46,467 tests were performed across the country in the previous 24 hours.
The positivity score for coronavirus cases has been calculated to be 9.03 percent.
The number of open cases stands at 84,172, with 743,124 recoveries made nationally.
Furthermore, approximately 5,624 coronavirus patients are admitted to 631 different hospitals around the world, with 651 patients on ventilators.