Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah announced that the province will go under lockdown at midnight on March 22 for the next 15 days to prevent spread of the coronavirus.
According to details, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah said that the decision to lockdown has been taken in the best interest of the public.
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He said all offices and public places will be closed while people will not be allowed to gather in groups. He mentioned that strict legal action will be taken against those violating the law which includes five year jail term. “Lockdown will be applicable on mosques and worship places.”
The CM said that only two people will be allowed to travel in a vehicle while no more than three people could accompany a patient to a hospital. “People will not be allowed to leave their homes,” Murad remarked.
He added the government is taking such decisions to protect spread of coronavirus. He said, “I have no option left but to impose lockdown in the province.”
He pointed out that the Sindh government has also set up a Coronavirus emergency fund to facilitate the public. “The funds will be used to help poor people.”
He directed the Sui gas and K-Electric officials to refrain from disconnecting connections during lockdown. He also instructed the officials to take bills amounting to Rs5,000 in 10 monthly instalments. Murad said that during lockdown food items and commodities will continue to be supplied in markets.
Till date, there are 645 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country while four people have died of the disease. Of the total, 292 patients belong to Sindh, 152 Punjab, 104 Balochistan, 31 Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, 10 in Islamabad and 56 in Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.