KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah on Wednesday announced to make lockdown stricter for next 14 days across the province to control the outbreak of coronavirus.
“The policy of opening of certain shops from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm will remain as same,” the Sindh chief minister said while addressing the press conference at CM House in Karachi.
He said five patients of the UCs, which were sealed, were on ventilators. He begged from people to stay at homes and think about others’ lives.
Murad Ali Shah said Prime Minister Imran Khan had said that he would talk to Ulema in two days.
He also rued over the fact that he could not make the Supreme Court understand the situation of Sindh. He said their mistakes should sometimes be ignored as they were working diligently and honestly.
People should stay at homes for two more weeks as the situation was alarming, he said adding that pillion riding would not be allowed. He also requested youth to stay at a distance of 3 to 6 feet from old people.
The Sindh CM said the solution to coronavirus was not sighted in the near future. He also expressed reservation over reporting on the situation all over the country.
“If someone thinks that coronavirus cases in Pakistan are less than other parts of the world, then I am suspicious about proper reporting of the cases,” he said.
Murad Shah said the provincial government had decided to extend lockdown by two more weeks, however permission for working could be given under the standard operating procedures only. He said the industries which had become functional should fully adopt the SOPs and should not let employees above 50 years age come to work.