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Sindh expected to impose ‘complete lockdown’ in Karachi

The Sindh government is expected to impose a two-week complete lockdown in Karachi as the number of coronavirus rise in the city.

The decision will be taken by the provincial task force on coronavirus. A meeting of the task force is being chaired by Sindh CM Murad Ali Shah.

The National Command and Operation Centre said that it has “critically reviewed” the disease spread in Karachi and decided to take all possible measures to assist the Sindh Government in combating the rising trend of the disease.

It remarked that the federal government has decided to ramp up critical care capacity, including oxygenated beds and vents, availability of oxygen, and deployment of LEAs for implementation of SOPs.

The Delta variant has been spreading at an alarming rate and the positivity rate in Karachi has shot up to 30%.

On Thursday, a micro smart lockdown was imposed in Gulberg, North Nazimabad, North Karachi, Liaquatabad, and other union councils of Karachi. These areas reported 506 cases of the Delta variant.

On Tuesday, the Sindh government decided to restrict the “unnecessary movement” of people after 6 pm.

Doctors and health experts have recommended a 15-day lockdown in Karachi. They said a complete curfew-like lockdown should be imposed in the city and all types of movement should be banned.

According to Sindh spokesperson Murtaza Wahab, the recommendations were given to the coronavirus task force and the government will only decide after overviewing the situation. “We want to give the public another chance before taking any tough decision,” he said in a press conference Wednesday.

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