Karachi: Due to the surge in coronavirus cases, the Sindh provincial government has lifted the ban on back seat riding to relax the lockdown restrictions announced yesterday.
Keeping in view the spike of fourth wave of coronavirus in the province, particularly deteriorating situation in Karachi, Sindh government has imposed a partial lockdown for nine days (July 31 to August 8).
Only export-oriented, food and health -related industries, pharmacies, bakeries and other essential services would operate, while all the markets, government offices, intra-city transport service would remain closed all over the province with special focus on Karachi.
Addressing a press conference, Spokesman for the Sindh government Murtaza Wahab said that it was owing to the decisions including the blocking of mobile SIMs taken by the Sindh government that had led to a manifold increase in the vaccination process.
He said that the government has provided enough doses to the vaccination centers to vaccinate the public and allowed public transportation to take people to the vaccination centers.
“We are also lifting a ban on pillion riding,” Murtaza Wahab said and added that restaurants, bakeries, and milk shops are also exempted from following restricted timings.
He said that the chief minister headed a meeting early in the morning and decided to lift some restrictions. “The shops operating after restricted timing will be sealed for three days while marriage halls will be sealed for three months over holding a ceremony,” he said while conveying the decisions.
CM Sindh said in announcing the decision on Friday that this is not a total blockade implemented last year, but a loose blockade 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, as 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.
Till now 11,041 individuals have lost their lives to 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 GB.