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KARACHI: The Sindh Task Force on coronavirus in its extensive meeting presided by Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah here on Monday reviewed the Covid situation and owing to its severity placed a ban on unnecessary movement of people, on foot or in vehicles, after 8pm except for valid reasons.

The meeting was told that during the last one week (May 17 to 23), the coronavirus had badly affected the district East where 21 percent cases and 19 deaths were reported. District South had 16 percent cases and nine deaths and Central 10 percent cases and 12 deaths. Hyderabad had 11 percent cases with 22 deaths. According to the weekly report, Karachi has a 12.67 percent detection rate, Hyderabad 10.79 percent and the rest of the province 4.53 percent.

In the month of May so far 261 patients of the coronavirus have lost their lives, the number being higher than the ones in the previous months of March and April when 151 and 154 deaths respectively occurred.

It was revealed that during the last 24 hours, Sindh had 1,529 patients, Punjab 802, KP 470, Islamabad 106, Gilgit-Bltistan 18, Balochistan 66 and AJK 69.

This shows that Sindh has the highest number of Covid cases in the country, the CM said.

The chief minister while taking a policy decision decided that people would not be allowed to move in the city without any valid reason after 8pm from Tuesday.

He ordered the administration and the police not to allow people roaming in the city without any valid reason.

Shah urged the people of the province to stay at home in their interest and in the interest of others. The Sindh CM said that the shops would close at 6pm, and then two hours would be given to the people to return to their homes. “After 8pm the police would place barriers on the roads to discourage unnecessary public movement,” he said.

Syed Murad Ali Shah also directed the district administration to switch off lights of parks at 8pm.

The chief minister asked ministers Saeed Ghani and Jam Ikram Dharejo to talk to the industrialists or their associations to extend support to the government for launching a drive of mass vaccination for their workers in the industrial areas.

The meeting, which was held at the CM House, was attended among others by provincial ministers Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho, Saeed Ghani and Jam Ikram, Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah, Secretary of Health Kazim Jatoi and representatives of Corps 5 and Rangers.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2021

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