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FACT CHECK: There is no lockdown in Sindh over coronavirus

The Sindh Government has dismissed social media rumours of an emergency lockdown in the province, media has reported.

Commenting on the issue, Sindh Information Minister Nasir Hussain Shah has said that the rumours are false and people should not panic. He added that the steps taken by the provincial government are just precautionary measures.

“Some elements on social media are telling the masses to stock up on essentials and learn how to ration which is absolutely useless,” said Shah.

Meanwhile, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah had directed the chief secretary to register cybercrime cases against those perpetrating such statements. He said the provincial government is capable of handling any crisis situation if it emerges.

Earlier, the government imposed ban on public gatherings amid increasing coronavirus cases in the country.

On Friday, the government also decided to shut educational institutions across the country till April 5 and cancelled Pakistan Day parade to be held on March 23 in wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

Speaking to media, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that the situation of coronavirus is under control in Pakistan. He added the borders of the country with Afghanistan and Iran are being sealed for 15 days to stop spread of the deadly virus. A notification in this regard has been issued by the government.

He maintained that the nation should not panic and there is need to take precautionary measures. He said that big congregations and gatherings will be avoided as part of steps to counter the epidemic.

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