Sindh to impose lockdown, shut schools on NCOC's recommendation: CM Shah

Sindh to impose lockdown, shut schools on NCOC’s recommendation: CM Shah


Karachi: The lockdown and closure of educational institutions will be decided on the advice of the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC), Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah said on Friday.

The Chief Minister’s statement came as Karachi’s coronavirus positivity rate reached 28.80% in the past 24 hours, according to data released by NCOC this morning.

CM Shah told reporters in Karachi that coronavirus cases were spreading rapidly, but the situation was under control as hospitalizations in the port city and the number of patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) decreased.

The Sindh CM stressed that Karachi reported the highest number of COVID-19 cases a day earlier, but insisted that the pressure on hospitals has not increased.

“Whatever strategy we adopt, it will be in consultation with NCOC,” he reiterated.

The chief minister said the provincial government is monitoring the coronavirus situation, as he noted that infections were not only rising in Sindh, but across the rest of Pakistan too.

Karachi Metropolitan Corporation Administrator Murtaza Wahab had earlier this week hinted at resorting to strict measures in order to limit coronavirus cases increasing with every passing day in Karachi.

Amid rising coronavirus cases in the country after the emergence of the Omicron variant, a meeting of education ministers’ was called yesterday (Thursday) to decide the fate of schools, but was later postponed to next week.

Sindh registered 2,321 new cases and two deaths in the last 24 hours, according to official figures, bumping overall infections to 494,064 and death toll to 7,693.


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