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Sindh to reimpose COVID-19 restrictions from Monday amid spike in cases


The Sindh government has decided to reimpose coronavirus restrictions in the province from Monday onwards as the positivity ratio crossed 10%.

From Monday onwards, shopping malls and markets will be allowed to operate from 6am till 6pm. While, karayana stores, bakeries and pharmacies will be allowed to remain open.

The provincial government has also decided that there would be a ban on marriage halls and other functions. It was also decided that shrines in the province will closed.

The authroities have also decided that indoor and outdoor dining will be closed in restaurants and they will only be allowed to offer takeaway and delivery services.

The provincial government has also decided that education centres will be closed across Sindh from Monday onwards, but exams will be held as per schedule.

The decision came following a meeting of the provincial coronavirus task force chaired by Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah.

The provincial health secretary informed the meeting that the positivity ratio of the province has climbed to 10.3%, while the provincial capital’s ratio is at 21.58%.

CM Murad observed that the coronavirus situation in the provinces was alarming and warned that the situation could turn worse after Eid.

Health Secretary Kazim Jatoi told the briefing that 85% of the patients admitted in Sindh’s hospitals were not vaccinated.

Mobile sims of unvaccinated people to be blocked
Meanwhile, the Sindh government has decided to write the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) and the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to get the mobile sims of unvaccinated people blocked as the fourth COVID-19 wave grips the country.

Adviser to the Chief Minister Murtaza Wahab Friday tweeted that the Sindh government has decided to approach the NCOC and the PTA that mobile sims of unvaccinated people should be blocked.

A spokesperson to Sinch CM said that the PTA would be asked to send messages to the telecom users asking them to get vaccinated and block the sims of those not getting the jab within a week.

The chief minister also directed to stop salaries of unvaccinated government employees from the next month, and the instructions have been issued in this regard to the secretary finance.

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