Sindh government mulls complete lockdown on Friday

By: News Desk      Published: 12:49 PM, 8 Apr, 2020
Sindh government mulls complete lockdown on Friday

The Sindh government on Wednesday decided to further tighten the lockdown currently imposed till April 14 and was considering a proposal for a complete ban on movement this Friday.

The suggestion for a complete lockdown on Friday came as the traffic in the city has increased in the last few days with more and more people coming out of their homes, reported 24NewsHD.

Earlier last week, the provincial government had imposed a complete lockdown from 12pm to 3pm on Friday.

Meanwhile, the Sindh government has also the administration to close all the main thoroughfares in Karachi and other big cities.

On the other hand, Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah expressed his displeasure over the rush witnessed at shops as passed the orders for ensure strict measures, saying he wanted a lockdown like the one that was observed during the first seven days.

The chief minister reviewed the situation during a meeting at the CM House, which was attended by the top cabinet members.

Shah appealed the people to stay indoors with a warning that figures were very alarming, otherwise, it would be too late.

He directed the officials that no one should be allowed to move freely without any solid reason.

Meanwhile, the eight-member Chinese team, which is currently in Pakistan, too informed the chief minister that the lockdown was the only solution.

They warned that the coronavirus will spread at an alarming rate if the lockdown wasn’t extended, to which Shah replied that he would consider the suggestion.

Separately, Shah in a video message confirmed 54 new cases in the province and Dr Abdul Qadir Soomaro was among the 18 people who had lost their lives so far.

On the other hand, the Sindh government requested the private hospitals to help tackling the coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier, the owners and top doctors had told the provincial government that the entire health system will collapse with the rise in coronavirus cases; therefore, the lockdown must be extended.

Last week, Shah, in an interview to a private TV channel, had said that the health system will experience a complete breakdown if the number of coronavirus patients exceeded the 5,000 mark in the province.