Sindh announces movement curbs in Karachi after record transmission rate

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has directed the authorities to impose movement restrictions in Karachi after 6:00 pm to try to keep at bay an expanding coronavirus outbreak after the positivity ratio jumped to over 26 percent over the weekend.

“I want a complete restriction on movement in Karachi after 6pm,” the chief minister directed the Sindh police chief and Karachi commissioner during a meeting of the provincial coronavirus task force also attended by government officials, ministers, Rangers, and other relevant departments.

He further directed to curtail any unnecessary movements. “It has come to my knowledge that tuition centres are operating with impunity,” he said and directed for their immediate closure.

The chief minister said that he would review the Covid-19 situation on Friday and warned of more stringent measures if the situation does not improve by then.

He also formed a ministerial committee comprising Nasir Hussain Shah, Murtaza Wahab, and Owais Qadir Shah to meet concerned stakeholders in the city and convey the latest pandemic situation.

“The committee will meet political stakeholders as there should be no politics on Covid-19 situation,” he said.

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