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Coronavirus: Karachi traders once again reject 8pm market closure order

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Karachi: Businessmen in the financial capital of Pakistan have once again rejected the order of the Sindh provincial government related to the coronavirus, demanding that the market be closed by 8 pm, which is consistent with their position when they protested against the closure of the Metropolitan Bazaar last year.

Traders in Karachi attacked the Sindh Provincial Government’s notice, demanding that the business center be closed at 8 pm and that previous working hours should be restored.

They said it would be difficult to conduct business within a limited time, and added that the peak period due to the early closure of the market will further spread the deadly coronavirus.

The owners of the wedding hall also condemned the decision to close the wedding venue, saying that they are cooperating in every possible way.

In light of what may arguably be the deadliest wave of coronavirus, the government of Sindh had earlier issued a notification ordering marriage halls and all business centres to be closed by 8pm, effective from April 6.

On the other hand, the country reported close to 5,000 cases of COVID-19 as of today — the disease caused by the novel coronavirus — marking the highest single-day toll since June 20. Almost a 100 people succumbed to the virus, taking the nationwide death tally to 14,530.

The positive rate of coronavirus was 9.92%, and the total number of infections was 672,931.

Earlier in the day, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah stated that out of 8,913 tests conducted in the province in the past 24 hours, 237 new cases have been reported. He added that 119 of the new infections came from Karachi.

He pointed out that although two patients died during the same period, 108 patients recovered. He added that of the 5,028 patients treated, 253 are in critical condition.

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