KARACHI: With the positive ratio of Sindh crossing 10%, the Sindh government on Friday announced that it would once again impose COVID-19 sanctions.
After Monday, shopping malls and markets will only be allowed to operate from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. However, grocery stores, bakeries and pharmacies will be allowed to remain open later.
The provincial government has also decided to ban wedding halls and large gatherings, and will order the closure of shrines in the province due to the deteriorating epidemic situation.
These decisions were taken during a meeting of the Provincial Corona Virus Task Force chaired by Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah.
Authorities have also banned indoor and outdoor dining in restaurants, and they will only be allowed to offer route and delivery services.
Educational institutions in Sindh will remain closed from Monday, but examinations will be as scheduled.
The Provincial Secretary Health informed the meeting that the positive ratio of the province has reached 10.3 per cent, while the situation in Karachi is very bad where it is 21.58 per cent.
Chief Minister Murad observed that the situation of corona virus in the provinces was alarming and warned that the situation could worsen after Eid.
Health Secretary Kazim Jatoi told the participants that 85% of the patients admitted in Sindh hospitals had not been vaccinated.
The government demands from the Sindh authorities to stop the SIMs of non-government people
Meanwhile, the Sindh government has decided to block the mobile SIMs of non-finalists as the fourth wave of COVID-19 in the country is in full swing.
Adviser to the Chief Minister Murtaza Wahab tweeted on Friday that the Sindh government has decided to approach the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) and the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) in this regard.
A spokesman for the Sanch chief minister said the PTA would be asked to send messages to telecom users asking them to get vaccinated and block SIMs of non-job seekers within a week.
The Chief Minister also directed to withhold the salaries of non-government government employees from next month.