Karachi: In view of the fourth wave of coronavirus surge in the province, especially the deteriorating situation in Karachi, the Sindh provincial government has implemented a nine-day lockdown (July 31 to August 8).
Only export-oriented food and health-related industries, pharmacies, bakeries and other basic services will operate, while all markets, government offices, and intra-city transportation services in the province will continue to be closed, especially Karachi.
CM Sindh said in announcing the decision on Friday that this is not a complete lockdown imposed last year, but a loose lockdown of facilities that are under tremendous pressure to save our people and gain breathing space to further strengthen our health.
On the other hand, the positive rate of coronavirus in Pakistan has reached 8.46, because 65 people have died from the virus in the past 24 hours.
The death toll across the country jumped to 23,360 on Saturday.
According to the latest data from the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), 4,950 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.
In terms of death toll, Punjab province remains the most affected province, followed by Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
So far, 11,041 people have died from the epidemic in Punjab, 5,971 in Sindh, 4,456 in KP, 801 in Islamabad, 622 in Azad Kashmir, 328 in Balochistan, and 141 in the United Kingdom.