As the coronavirus pandemic continues, the Sindh Home Department issued an official notification on Wednesday stating that the lockdown imposed by the provincial government will be extended until July 15. This won’t be the first time that the lockdown has been extended with numerous extensions already been done in the past.
2,139 new coronavirus cases were reported yesterday with an alarming 28 percent positive ratio, pushing Sindh’s tally to over 86,000 cases. 29 more patients also surrendered to the deadly disease, bringing the provincial death toll to 1,406.
Since the threat of the virus has increased substantially rather than subsiding, the government notification stated that, as part of their smart lockdown initiative, Covid-19 hotspots may see all activity restricted until the situation gets better in those areas.
Apart from that, all educational and training institutes, marriage halls, business centres and beauty salons are to remain closed and all social, religious and public gatherings banned until the extended date. Moreover, the restrictions on cinema halls, amusement parks, picnic spots, sports clubs, gyms and interprovincial public transport are also to remain in place.
Working hours for shops and trade centres, excluding pharmacies and essential goods providers, are to remain 6am to 7pm from Monday to Friday, while eateries may offer takeaway services from 6am to 7pm and home delivery till 11pm throughout the week.
The notification also urges people to practice precautionary measures, such as using hand sanitisers and face masks and maintaining social distancing, and to implement standard operating procedures to prevent the spread of the virus.
On the positive side, 1,703 coronavirus patients had recovered from the virus yesterday, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 48,527, which is around 56 percent of those infected in total.