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Sindh Chief Minister Announces Plans on Lockdown & School Closure

Sindh Chief Minister Announces Plans on Lockdown & School Closure

Syed Murad Ali Shah, the Chief Minister of Sindh, announced on Friday that the provincial government will follow the National Command and Operations Center’s (NCOC) directives regarding the lockdown and closure of schools in Karachi.

“Whatever strategy we choose, we will consult with NCOC,” he said.

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He made these remarks while speaking to the media at an inauguration ceremony in Karachi, and declared that Karachi’s current COVID-19 positivity ratio — 28.80 percent — is the highest in the city’s history.

He revealed that the increase in infections had not put additional strain on hospitals because the number of patients on ventilators remains very low. According to a Sindh Health Department official, the government will not impose any strict measures unless there is a significant increase in hospitalisation.

MPA Muhammad Qasim Soomro, who is also the Parliamentary Secretary of Health in the Sindh Assembly, stated on Thursday, “We have decided that we will not take any drastic measures unless hospitalisation increases by 40 to 50 percent in Karachi.”

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“We are taking some measures to promote vaccination and take action against businesses doing public dealing with unvaccinated staff,” he added. “However, no stringent measures are being considered in Karachi at the moment.”

In the fifth wave of the coronavirus, 19 infections are on the rise across the country, with infections of the Omicron strain in particular on the rise. Pakistan’s coronavirus positivity increased to 7.36 percent in the last 24 hours, with over 3,000 new cases reported for the second day in a row.

According to NCOC data, a total of 48,449 tests were performed in the last 24 hours, with 3,567 of them being positive. This is the most cases reported in the country since September 9, 2021, when 3,689 people tested positive.

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