The Sindh government on Sunday lifted the week-long lockdown, relaxing the coronavirus restrictions from Monday (today) till Aug 31 within the province.
As per the new set of Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs), all business activities would continue till 8pm. However, the restriction won’t apply to pharmacies, petrol pumps, grocery shops and fish, meat, chicken, vegetable and fruit vendors. consistent with a home department notification, Fridays and Sundays are going to be closed days.
The new order imposed an entire ban on indoor dining. However, outdoor dining are going to be allowed for a maximum of 300 guests till 10pm. Takeaway and residential delivery also are allowed around the week. It also placed a ban on indoor wedding functions and outdoor functions are going to be allowed with maximum 300 guests till 10pm.
All shrines and cinemas will remain closed till further order and every one sorts of indoor cultural, musical and non secular gatherings were disallowed. Only vaccinated people are going to be allowed in indoor gyms.
According to the choice , routine working hours of public and personal offices will continue, but attendance shall be reduced from 100 per cent to 50pc. conveyance may ply on sanctioned routes with occupancy of 50pc capaciousness with staff duly vaccinated. Railway services will still operate with 50pc occupancy.
All amusement parks, water sports and swimming pools will remain closed. However, public parks will remain open under strict Covid-19 protocols.
The notification said a choice about opening of educational institutions, including universities and other degree-awarding institutes, would be taken by the provincial education minister. there’ll even be a ban on serving meals or snacks during inflight journey for domestic airlines.
According to the order, deputy commissioners, additional deputy commissioners, assistant commissioners, mukhtiarkars, officers of labour and transport departments, officers-in-charge of police stations and personnel of enforcement agencies not below the rank of inspector were empowered under Section 3 (1) of the Sindh Epidemic Diseases Act 2014 to require any action on any act in contravention of the notification under Section 188 of the Pakistan legal code 1860.
It said further action could even be taken under relevant labour, industrial, automobile and other applicable laws.
26 Covid patients die
Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said a press release on Sunday that 26 more patients of coronavirus died and 1,655 new cases emerged when 17,625 tests were conducted. He added that the price had reached 6,215, constituting 1.6pc death rate.
Mr Shah said that 17,625 samples were tested which detected 1,655 cases, constituting 9.4pc current detection rate. He added that thus far 5,149,309 tests had been conducted against which 400,383 cases were diagnosed, of them 86.5pc, or 346,416 patients, recovered, including 1,385 overnight.
The chief minister said that currently 47,752 patients were under treatment, of them 46,216 were in home isolation, 45 at isolation centers and 1,491 in several hospitals. He added that the condition of 1,308 patients was stated to be critical, including 107 shifted to ventilators.
He said that out of 1,655 new cases, 1,127 were detected in Karachi, 81 in Hyderabad, 54 in Jamshoro, 42 in Shaheed Benazirabad, 39 in Badin, 34 in Sanghar, 31 in Tharparkar, 29 in Dadu, 25 in Thatta, 22 each in Mirpurkhas, Sujawal and Tando Allahyar, 21 in Khairpur, 19 in Matiari, 18 in Naushahro Feroze, 12 each in Tando Muhammad Khan and Umerkot, five in Ghotki, four in Kashmore and two in Sukkur.
CM Shah urged people to follow Covid-related SOPs issued by the govt .
Sharing vaccination data, he said 7,746,882 vaccines had been administered up to Aug 6, with 272,045 inoculated over the past 24 hours. “In total 8,018,927 vaccines are administered which constituted 23.41pc of the vaccine eligible population,” he added.