Sindh goes into lockdown to fight COVID-19.


KARACHI -- The Sindh government on Tuesday announced a complete lockdown of the province for 15 days starting today (Wednesday0 amid a surge in coronavirus cases that have touched 237 across the country, majority of them emanating from the province. In light of the new directives, shopping malls and restaurants will remain closed; however, grocery stores, fish markets, and pharmacies will remain open. Police contingents will be deployed at all supermarkets of the city. The provincial government has also decided to shut down the inter-city bus service and government offices from Thursday. Sea View and other public recreational spots will also be closed. 'Only takeaways and deliveries will be allowed. Section 144 also to be imposed at beach and parks. It is clarified that shopping stores and chemists will remain open. Citizens are once again urged to cooperate,' he added. 'We want to restrict people to their houses,' the Sindh government spokesperson said, as the province remains the worst-affected by the virus. Adviser to the Sindh Chief Minister on Law Senator Murtaza Wahab has said that the provincial government has established a relief fund 'with seed money of Rs3 billion'. The fund will see contributions by the chief minister, provincial ministers, advisors, special assistants and all PPP lawmakers equivalent to one month's salary.

The provincial authorities have reported dozens of new cases in Sindh, Punjab, and...

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