Karachi: The government of Sindh extended the ongoing blockade to April 30 on Tuesday due to the increased number of coronavirus cases in the province.
The Sindh Department of Internal Affairs has issued a notice on this. According to the notice, all educational institutions, public places, wedding halls, shopping malls, movie theaters, beauty salons, electronic markets, and markets or stores that sell non-essential items will be closed.
On the other hand, grocery stores, gas stations, grocery stores and medical stores in shopping centers and super sites remain closed from 5:00 pm to 8:00 am during this period.
The notice said that people will not be allowed to risk leaving their homes unnecessarily under the blockade, adding that only two people will be allowed to travel by car.
Plumbers, carpenters, and electricians can be on duty according to standard operating procedures (SOP).
The Sindh government also ordered the closure of public places such as beaches, parks and sports fields. The ban on religious and social gatherings has also been maintained.
Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan extended the national blockade for the next two weeks out of fear of the spread of a new coronavirus pandemic.
In an interview with the media at the National Coordinating Committee (NCC) in Islamabad on Tuesday, he said that after the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the entire world, including Pakistan, was blocked.
The Prime Minister said that we imposed a blockade during the most difficult period and added that because of the blockade, the poor strata faced serious difficulties.
Imran Khan is also pleased that the blockade has prevented rapid spread in Pakistan, but the country still needs to be cautious.
He said: “The risk of the spread of the pandemic still exists, and we need to take preventive measures because this virus can spread at any time.”
He said the government has taken some measures to stop the spread of coronavirus in the country, including closing schools and educational institutions, canceling the March 23 march and PSL, and all other official and private functions that people can gather.
The Prime Minister said that ventilators, protective clothing and other equipment have arrived in the country to meet demand.
However, if the case surges, the existing equipment will be insufficient.
The Prime Minister said that we are fighting in two ways. One is to curb the spread of coronavirus, and the other is to overcome unemployment.
He said that the Essas plan is the largest in the history of the country and plays a key role in providing daily betting and cash relief for the poor. The plan has no political influence and will help any qualified citizen of Pakistan.
The Prime Minister announced today that the construction industry and other industries are open, and the government will announce a package plan for the construction industry.
Prime Minister Khan also warned thugs that if they tried to make money during Ramadan, please take severe action and added that the government is working on a decree to check smuggling and profiteering. He said: “There will be severe punishment for the profiteering owners.”
The Minister of Industry and Production Hamad Hazar said at the meeting that the industries being opened include export sectors, chemical plants, e-commerce, software development and planning, paper and packaging sectors, industries with on-site labor, cement And fertilizers. Factories, mines and minerals, nurseries, agricultural machinery plants, glass factories, veterinary services and bookstores.
He said that the construction industry will be opened in stages. The first phase will open the brick kiln, stone crushing plant and cement plant.
Dr. Zafar Mirza, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Health, said that to date, 96 people have died in Pakistan, and 3 people have died in the past 24 hours.
He said that due to timely and effective measures taken by the government, there have been a total of 5716 cases so far, and because of the establishment of standard operating procedures for health and safety in some open departments, the number is small.