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Complete lockdown in Karachi expected as Sindh corononavirus task force meets tomorrow amid rising cases

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The Sindh government is mulling a complete lockdown in Karachi as the city’s hospitals are “nearing saturation point”, members from the provincial task force on coronavirus told on Thursday.

The members of the working group stated that the final decision on the blockade of the port city will be made at a meeting tomorrow morning at 11 o’clock, and Chief Minister Sind Murad Ali Shah will serve as the chairman.

Provincial government officials told Geographic News that medical experts in the working group had requested a total lockdown of the city for 14 days.

“Hospitals are approaching a saturation point, and Karachi cases are increasing rapidly,” a member of the working group said, adding that the Sindh provincial government is consulting stakeholders on the implementation of the lockdown.

Members said that representatives of the Pakistan Medical Association have called for a complete lockdown in Sindh.

Working group members said that in the past two days alone, more than 370 COVID-19 patients have been admitted to hospitals across Karachi. “With the influx of patients, the pressure on the oxygen supply is increasing.”

Members of the working group said that during the lockdown, companies will be closed and public activities will be banned.

According to Geo News, on the positive side, the Sindh government’s proposal to block the SIM cards of unvaccinated people seems to be working, with hundreds of people lining up outside the vaccination center in Karachi.

Long lines can be seen outside the Expo Center, the largest vaccination center in the city.

The Ministry of Health of Sindh Province stated that in the past 24 hours, 188,000 people have been vaccinated.

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