KARACHI: The Sindh government has decided to maintain the coronavirus restrictions imposed in the province for another two weeks amid rising virus cases.
A meeting of the Coronavirus Task Force was held under the chairmanship of Sindh CM Murad Ali Shah on Saturday, in which provincial ministers, medical experts, police officials and others participated.
Briefing the meeting, the Sindh health secretary said that 13.97% cases in Sindh were reported from Karachi from May 15 to 21, 10.83% from Hyderabad and 5.40% from other districts.
According to the weekly report, Karachi has 15% cases in District East, 13% in Central, 10% in Malir and West each, 11% in Hyderabad and 8% in Sukkur.
Cases doubled in Sindh
It was further informed in the meeting that 213 patients have died from the virus in the last 30 days, out of which 164 patients were on the ventilator and 26 patients died at home.
The Sindh CM said that a total of 24,299 samples were tested in Sindh in which 2,136 new cases were reported. The rate of cases has been steadily rising since Eid.
According to Health Minister Azra Pechuho, who attended the meeting, 2,076 cases were reported on May 19 and 2,136 on May 21.
Tourist centers, Seaview, Hawke’s Bay beaches closed
According to the Sindh CM’s spokesperson, it was decided that tourist centers, Seaview and Hawke’s Bay beaches and amusement parks will remain closed for another two weeks.
Walking tracks, however, will be kept open in Sindh.
Shops will be open until 6pm
According to the spokesperson, starting Monday, shops will remain open till 6pm under the SOPs and department stores will also remain open till 6pm.
All wedding halls in the province will remain closed, indoor and outdoor dining in hotels will remain closed. However, takeaways will be allowed.
Fate of schools to be decided when situation improves
It was decided in the meeting that intercity transport will run with 50% passengers and any violation in intercity transport restrictions will be penalized.
According to the spokesperson, the decision to open schools in the province will be taken after the situation improves.
In addition to this, the education minister has been asked to get teachers vaccinated.
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