Lockdown imposed in Sindh for 15 days over threat of Coronavirus (COVID-19) spread


Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah on Sunday announced that a lockdown will be imposed throughout the province starting from midnight for the next 15 days in order to control the spread of coronavirus.

CM Sindh in a video message stated that after the discussion with members of PPP, GDA, MQM-Pakistan including all political parties regarding the spread of COVID -19, we have unanimously agreed for the steps which the provincial government is taking now for the safety of citizens.

Chief Minister added that After discussion with all stakeholders, we have agreed on one point that to control the spread of this virus there is only one way, as it spreads very fast within humans.

He informed that, the virus would spread but we could reduce its spread and the time would not come where we did not have sufficient health facilities.

In this context, it was decided that lockdown all over the province would impose from today midnight, by which all offices, shopping centers, and all public places would be close there would be no permission to citizens to go outside without any vaild reason.

He added that, the way to monitor any citizen who steps out will carry their computerized national identity card (CNIC) card with them.

“Once that CNIC is entered into the law enforcement system, we have the IT facilities to find out in the database if they are going out more than twice.”CM Sindh

Utilities: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has directed all utlity Service agencies to suspend their billing for lowest users for this month and then start recoveries in easy intslments during the last 10 months.   

He directed K-Electric, Hesco and Sepco to suspend recovery of powers bills of those consumers whose bills would be upto Rs4000 fort this month and then start recoveries in 10 monghly easy instlments.

Similarly, he said the SSGC authorities would follow the suit and their thresh hold of gas bill has been kept at Rs2000. He also directed power distribution companies, phone and mobile companies, water supply and sanitation institutions to continue their services unintruped and there would be no disconnection of any connection. 

The chief minister also urged the landlords not to collect rent of their properties from their tenants for this month and then collect the same in easy instalments.

He also urged the employers to pay full salaries to their daily wagers so that they could meet their square measl at this difficult situation. 

Mr Shah said that the wings of political parties, religious parties and philanthropists would keep supporting poor people by giving them ration. “The Sindh government will also ensure provision of ration or cash to the poor people and daily wagers,” said.

Twitter & FB Account: The chief minister said that the Sindh government was making its Twitter and FaceBook Accounts where all government nstructions, notifications and necessary guidelines would be posted.

Twitter and Facebook accounts would be shared with the media. The chief minister said that the decision has been taken with the collective wisdom and in the supreme interest of people of Sindh, therefore every one living in the province should have to cooperate.

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