Karachi: Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah said on Thursday that the provincial government hopes to extend the province’s blockade for a week after April 14.
The chief minister said in a speech to senior reporters that the Sindh government hopes that all provinces in the country will adopt unified measures to blockade.
“The Sindh cabinet will take the final decision about the lockdown,” he was quoted as saying. “We are preparing SOPs for everything including industries and factories,” he added.
The chief minister said that closures across the province will not be lifted at once but through a systematic process. “If factories are opened, minimum number of employees will work in them,” he said.
The chief minister said that the province ’s blockade will not be lifted immediately, but through the system ’s procedures. He said: “If a factory is opened, there will be a minimum number of employees working in it.”
Murad said the shopping center will remain closed. He said that the business community is putting pressure on the government to resume economic activities, while small businessmen support the lock-in measures.
Murad said that allowing the construction industry to continue operating would help spread the coronavirus, and he urged the federal government to extend the blockade period for another week.
“If the federal government extends the lockdown for an additional week, the situation can be brought under control,” he said.