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COVID-19: Sindh to go into lockdown tonight

COVID-19: Sindh to go into lockdown tonight
March 22, 2020
KARACHI (92 News) – Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has announced that the province will go into a two-week lockdown at midnight tonight. The province has the highest number of cases in the country and the minister had already hinted. Citizens will not be allowed to leave the house unless it is essential and the ban also extends to places of worship. No more than two people will be allowed in a car, with the only exception being the allowance of three people for hospital-bound vehicles. The chief minister said he took the decision after consulting all political parties and religious scholars. Earlier, the Sindh government has decided to impose complete lockdown in the province after the number of coronavirus cases in the province rise to396. The official announcement of lockdown will be announced by Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah today. All private and government commercial activities will be shut down till the further announcement. However, the general and medical stores remain open during the lockdown. The take way services from restaurants and hotels will also be closed. The provincial government sought assistance from the Pakistan Army as the letter has sent to federal government for deploying army into civil administrations. Moreover, Governor House Sindh has been closed for two weeks. Sindh government spokesman Murtaza Wahab said that in the wake of the deadly outbreak, the time has come to take difficult decisions. According to details, the Governor House Sindh has been declared closed for two weeks in view of the worsening situation of the coronavirus. The Governor House staff has also been sent on leave while only essential staff members and officials will be on-duty. Meanwhile, he wrote that the Chief Minister had spoken to the Sindh Governor, Corps Commander Karachi, DG Rangers and IG Sindh regarding the implementation of the order to keep people in their homes.