Sindh, Balochistan extend lockdown as Covid-19 cases grow

Sindh and Balochistan on Monday announced to extend the pandemic lockdown restrictions in the two provinces in view of the increasing number of the local-transmission of the Covid-19 cases, according to the official notifications.

The notification said that shopping malls, markets, shops, stores could function from 9am to 7pm for six days of week. Friday would be a closed holiday for business community with all business components remaining closed.

The notification says: “It is mandatory to take all pragmatic and possible measures to contain and counter the further spread of coronavirus on war footings.”

The government warned of strict action against the violators of the restrictions. There were sufficient grounds to proceed under section 144 of “The Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898”, as an immediate preventive and speedy remedy to ensure public safety, conserve lives and maintain peace and tranquillity in Balochistan, the notification said.

Sindh government has extended the lockdown till June 30. Education institutions, marriage halls, sports clubs, training centres, beauty parlours, cinemas, theatres, clubs will remain closed. Business activities would be allowed from 6am to 7pm.

The government said that the decision to allow public transport to ply would be taken on Tuesday. It added that resultants would only provide takeaway and home delivery services.

Balochistan home department notification said that the government had extended the lockdown across the province till June 16. The department said that the coronavirus might cause “devastating consequences, illness and deaths”.

Sindh coronavirus tally nears 30,000 with 1,402 new cases.