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Sindh private hospitals to be given free Covid-19 vaccines: minister

New restrictions announced as Karachi cases rise

SAMAA | - Posted: May 6, 2021 | Last Updated: 2 months ago
SAMAA |
Posted: May 6, 2021 | Last Updated: 2 months ago

Pakistani soldiers wearing facemasks, stand guard on a deserted street during a lockdown after Sindh province government announced the closing of markets, public places and ban large gatherings amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, in Karachi on March 23, 2020. Photo: AFP

The Sindh Health Department will be giving free coronavirus vaccines to private hospitals across the province after coronavirus cases in Karachi and Hyderabad rose.

The decision was taken after the coronavirus infection rate in Karachi increased from 5% to 14.53%. According to Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, SOP violations have been noted in the east and south districts of the city.

In a meeting of the Sindh Coronavirus Task Force on Thursday, a number of new restrictions were announced as well.

  • Takeaways allowed till iftar
  • Public transport to be closed from May 8 to May 16
  • Restaurants to only operate delivery service after Maghrib
  • Shopping malls, grocery stores to close by 6pm
  • Seaview, Hawkesbay to be closed during Eid holidays
  • Coronavirus vaccination centres to stay open 24/7
  • Pharmacies exempted from the order

Hotel quarantine facilities have been restored as well.

An audit has been launched at hospitals in Sindh as well. Those that lack Covid-19 facilities will be immediately provided resources.

Earlier this week, the Sindh government decided to close all tourist spots in Sindh from May 8 to 15. In a notification, the government stated that tourist spots, including Keenjhar Lake, Gorakh Hill Station, Mohenjo Daro, and all resorts of the tourism department, were being closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Pakistan has conducted 46,467 coronavirus tests in the last 24 hours, out of which 4,198 people tested positive. One hundred and eight people lost their lives to the deadly virus and the positivity rate stands at 9:03%.

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