Sindh decides to issue stay at home order in Karachi after 6pm
The Sindh government has decided to completely ban outdoor activities after 6pm in Karachi following an uptick in the Covid-19 cases, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah chaired a Covid Task Force meeting on Tuesday. Sindh Secretary Health Kazim Jatoi briefed the meeting that the infectivity ratio in Karachi had reached astounding 26.32% whereas the positive cases ratio across the province was 12.7%.
Chief Minister Shah had directed the Sindh inspector general police (IGP) and Karachi commissioner to impose a complete ban on the outside movement in Karachi city after 6pm. Nobody would be allowed to go outside for unnecessary errands.
The chief minister showed his anger over the tuition centres saying that he came to know that several tuition centres were running in the city. He ordered for their immediate closure.
He said he would again take a review of the Covid-19 situation after Friday. He warned that more strict measures would be adopted if the situation did not improve.
He set up a committee comprising provincial ministers: Nasir Shah, Murtaza Wahab and Awais Shah. He directed the committee members to meet all the stakeholders and informed them about the situation. The committee would also hold talks with political parties.
CM Shah was of the view that there should not be any politics on the Covid-19 eradication measures.
After Provincial Covid Task Force meeting, Advisor to Sindh CM on Law, Anti-Corruption Establishment, and Information Murtaza Wahab told a presser that the coronavirus situation was getting worse. He informed that 16,975 corona tests were conducted and 2,153 cases were positive during the last 24 hours. He said that the positivity ratio in the province was 13%.
He expressed his concern that cases were rising in the province. He feared that the province’s healthcare system would be collapsed if cases would continue to rise. He maintained that for the benefit of people the Sindh government had to make strict decisions. He informed that positivity ratio in Karachi was 26.3%.
Wahab said that the Sindh government did not feel happy after imposing lockdown. He stated doctors, too, were anxious over the rising Covid-19 cases. He said that many doctors were advising the Sindh government to close everything.
He told the media persons that 87% corona patients in hospitals were those, who were unvaccinated.
Earlier, in his tweet, Wahab wrote: After meeting of Provincial Task Force, CM Sindh is now meeting with management of private hospitals to assess the Covid-19 situation and see how a number of beds can be increased. Healthcare staff is under tremendous pressure and as citizens the least we can do is to wear masks and vaccinate.
After meeting of Provincial Task Force, CM Sindh is now meeting with management of private hospitals to assess #Covid19 situation & see how number of beds can be increased. Healthcare staff is under tremendous pressure & as citizens the least we can do is #WearMask & #Vaccinate— Murtaza Wahab Siddiqui (@murtazawahab1) July 27, 2021
It was decided in the Provincial Covid Task Force meeting that there would be a 50% presence of staff in the offices. Half of the staff would do work from homes. No visitors would be allowed in the offices. Use of masks and sanitizers would be compulsory in the offices.
The provincial education department would make it mandatory for all the teaching and non-teaching staff of educational institutes to get the vaccine jabs and submit their vaccination certificates to the education department.
Provincial Minister of Sindh for Agriculture, and Supply and Prices Ismail Rahoo said that citizens would not be allowed to enter the vegetable markets if they were not wearing masks and did not carry vaccine certificates with them. He said that all commission agents, traders and workers should be vaccinated and asked them to keep their vaccination certificates with them.
He asked all the chairmen of market committees and officials of the agriculture department to ensure the compliance of Covid-19 SOPs. He warned that agriculture produce markets would be sealed if the traders did not have the vaccination certificate.
Reporter Muhammad Kamran