Coronavirus Restrictions Extended in Sindh till the 16th of May

The Sindh Home Department has recently issued a notification announcing that is further extending the implementation of coronavirus restrictions in the province. It has changed the days on which business activities in Sindh will remain suspended. 

As per the new notification, from now onwards, business activities will not be allowed to take place on Saturday and Sunday. The rule is said to apply on all cities across the province. However, it made sure to clarify that these restrictions do not apply to organizations whose services have been deemed compulsory. These include clinics, milk shops, pharmacies, law enforcement agencies, bakeries, newspaper vendors, and media outlets. 

The notification further stated that business activities can take place as early as dawn to only 6pm in the evening. Shrines, theatres, cinemas, as well as amusement parks, on the other hand, will stay closed until announced otherwise. On Saturday and Sunday, interprovincial public transport will also not be allowed to operate. 

However, due to the holy month of Ramadan, the provincial government and traders have decided to not work on Fridays.

The press release from the Sindh Home Department went on to add that restaurants can have open-air dinner services but, only from Iftar till the clock strikes midnight. Outdoor and indoor wedding ceremonies have indefinitely been restricted in wedding banquets and halls. 

According to the notification, people are expected to be wearing masks at all times in offices and other workplaces. The rotation policy states that only 50% of the staff in private and government offices will be asked to come in. Taraweeh prayers are to be held in open areas and the standard operating procedures (SOPs) are to be implemented in full. 

Moreover, the provincial authority has extended these restrictions until the 16th of May. But public transport will remain closed for two days a week until the 26th of April. 

Sindh has recorded 561 new cases of the coronavirus after conducting more than 11,000 tests. This was announced by the Chief Minister of the Province, Syed Murad Ali Shah, who also informed that three people had died on Friday. 

The CM went on to add that due to the detection of these additional cases and new deaths, the coronavirus tally in the province had jumped to over 271,000 cases. The death toll of the contagion is now at 4,544 in Sindh alone. 

According to Murad Ali Shah, from the fresh cases detected, 278 were people diagnosed in the City of Lights. 79 cases were reported in Hyderabad, 14 in Shaheed Benazirabad, 17 in Shikarpur, 13 in Kashmore-Kandhkot, 13 in Sukkur, 11 in Badin, 10 in Thatta, 12 in Ghotki, and 11 in Matiari, Dadu, and Jamshoro. 

Moreover, nine people had been diagnosed with the disease in Sanghar, six in Umerkot, eight in Tando Muhammad Khan and Naushero Feroze, five in Sujawal and Jacobabad, seven in Tando Allahyar, and four in Mirpurkhas and Larkana each. 

The CM further added that of the total recoveries in the country, 259,792 are of people in Sindh.