KARACHI: In Sindh, the lockdown is being observed from Monday (today) in an effort to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
The provincial government has also called Pakistan army to help in complete enforcement of lockdown.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has appealed the people to stay homes.
All commercial markets in Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Mirpurkhas, Larkana, Nawab Shah and other cities have been closed. However, grocery, vegetable, meat and mutton, milk shops and medical stores are open.
Punjab disinfects cities, towns
In Punjab, local government and Rescue 1122 departments are jointly working to disinfect cities and towns.
Chief Minister Sardar Usman Khan Buzdar in a tweet on Monday said 225 cases had been confirmed in the province.
He said the provincial government had also suspended Metro bus service temporarily to disinfect all buses and stations. Usman Buzdar urged the people to stay indoor.
Section 144 imposed in Islamabad
The capital’s administration imposed Section 144 on Monday (today), in federal capital in a bid to curb the spread of the pandemic coronavirus on the directions of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
This was stated by Special Assistant to PM for Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan in a tweet toight.
Meanwhile, in an office order issued, the District Magistrate Hamza Shafqaat, said that the section has been imposed in the city for seven days.
The order said that all restaurants and food outlets, coffee shops and cafes shall remain closed at all time, however, the delivery and take away will remain functional.
The order said all shops will be closed by 8:00 pm, however, this restriction will not apply to pharmacies, dispensaries, clinics, grocery stored, karyana stored, bakeries, atta chakkies, tandoors, milk shops, petrol pumps, chicken and meet shops and mandis.
Number of confirmed coronavirus cases rises to 803
The total number of Coronavirus cases has risen to 803 across the country.
These include 352 in Sindh, 225 Punjab, Balochistan 108, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 31, Gilgit Baltistan 71, Federal Capital 15 and Azad Jammu and Kashmir 1.
Six patients have recovered so far while six people have died due to pandemic.
No complete lockdown yet, says interior minister
Ejaz Ahmed Shah said the federal government was not deciding about complete lockdown because it could have serious implications for the country.
Talking to a private news channel, he said Prime Minister Imran Khan in his address had asked the masses to go into self-isolation because taking precautionary measures was better than cure.
The minister said calling the army should not be considered as lockdown, because armed forces have always provided assistance to government to cope with any calamity.
He said World Health Organisation has lauded the prompt response of Pakistani government to curb the coronavirus outbreak.