CM Sindh has its own Lockdown interpretation

News Analysis – May 08, 20200

KARACHI:   In Sindh the Chief Minister Murad Shah had painted a contrast interpretation of easing out Lockdown from what people think after PM Imran’s national talk. The CM Murad Shah said shops will open up from Monday morning in residential localities. No major market, baxars like Saddar, Jama, Marriott, Tariq Road, Clifton, shopping centres, Zanzama etc have been clearly indicated. It looks as if it will be partial to semi partial in Karachi thus traders are confused over the new definition.

 In the wake of the federal government’s decision to end the countrywide lockdown in phases starting Saturday, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah announced on Friday that the province will start easing the lockdown from Monday.

Speaking at a media briefing, the chief minister said there will be a “100% lockdown” on Saturdays and Sundays. He said industries related to the constructions sector will operate as per the SOPs.

The Sindh CM said shops will stay open from Fajr (early morning) till 5pm and selected outpatient departments (OPDs) in hospitals will also open. He said the provincial government has already allowed 660 factories to resume operations on the Centre’s instruction.

He said neighbourhood shops, except shopping centres and departmental stores, will be allowed to do business.

Murad said the Centre and the federal government are working together despite some differences.

He clarified Sindh government is not working in isolation but with the federal government. He added the federal government didn’t like some steps which the provincial government proposed while the latter didn’t agree some suggestions put forth by the latter.

598 new cases were reported

598 new cases were reported in the province over the past 24 hours with five more deaths, the chief minister said.

The total number of cases in the province has soared to 9,691 while the number of people who died from the infection has risen to 176, he said, adding 5,532 tests were carried out over the previous 24 hours in the province.

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