A man receives a dose of the Sinopharm vaccine in Karachi on May 24, 2021. (Photo by RIZWAN TABASSUM/AFP via Getty Images)
SINDH has decided to impose fresh restrictions in the wake of a surge in Covid-19 cases in Pakistan’s southern province since the recent Eid ul-Fitr festival.
The new measures announced by the government to curb “unnecessary movements of people” allow commercial establishments to function only till 6 pm from Tuesday (25) instead of 8 pm permitted until now.
While bakeries and milk shops can operate till midnight, no extension of working hours is allowed for pharmacies inside shopping malls which have to close by 6 pm. Dining out is banned and local and inter-provincial transport is allowed with a 50 per cent occupancy.
Businesses will be shut on Fridays and Sundays in the province, except in Hyderabad where Fridays and Saturdays will not be working days.
A rise in Covid-19 infections throughout Sindh, especially in Karachi, Hyderabad and Sukkur forced the authorities on Sunday (23) to extend curbs for two weeks, with the fresh restrictions.
Cinemas, wedding and exhibition venues, sporting facilities, tourist spots and theme parks have already been closed.
Sindh chief minister Murad Ali Shah told the police to check “unnecessary movement” of people during restriction hours as the province accounted for half of Pakistan’s new infection cases.
He also advised the health department to focus their vaccination drive in industrial areas with help from businesspeople.
“We have to protect our people by vaccinating them,” he said.