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Pakistan

Web Desk
March 17, 2020

Sindh's restaurants, shopping malls to remain closed for 15 days over coronavirus concerns

Pakistan

Web Desk
Tue, Mar 17, 2020
Health Workers distributing antiviral face mask among patients as a preventive measure for the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), at Jinnah Hospital in Karachi on Monday, March 09, 2020. — PPI
 

KARACHI: Adviser to Sindh Chief Minister Sindh on Law Murtaza Wahab said Tuesday the provincial government had decided to shut down shopping malls and restaurants for the next 15 days

The decision comes after the national coronavirus tally crossed 230.

In a tweet he said: "All restaurants,malls,shopping centres will be closed in Sindh from tomorrow."

"Only takeaways & deliveries will be allowed. Section 144 also to be imposed at beach & parks. It is clarified that shopping stores & chemists will remain open. Citizens are once again urged to cooperate," he added.

Public parks, as well as Karachi's Sea View, would also remain closed for the next two week, the spokesperson added.

The province's government offices will also shut down by Thursday, he said, adding that inter-city bus services would be suspended.

We want to restrict people to their houses, the spokesperson said, as the province remains the worst-affected by the virus.

Grocery stores, vegetable stores, and fish and chicken markets will remain open, he said.

The people will not be allowed to dine-in but they can take-away and order food at home, he added.

Coronavirus cases in Sindh cross 170

The total number of coronavirus patients in the province rose to 172 on Tuesday after 17 new cases of the infection were reported in the province, Sindh government representative Murtaza Wahab confirmed.

Taking to Twitter, the chief minister's adviser on law stated that 134 pilgrims in Sukkar who arrived from Taftan had tested positive for the virus while 140 had tested negative.

CM Sindh announces Rs3bn coronavirus relief fund

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Tuesday announced a Rs3 billion fund for coronavirus affectees, saying that various officials of the Sindh government and PPP MPAs will donate their salaries to it.

The announcement was made by Sindh government representative Barristed Murtaza Wahab on Twitter.

"#SindhGovt has established a Corona Virus Relief Fund with the seed money of Rs 3 Billion. The CM, Ministers, Advisors, Special Assistants & all PPP MPAs will contribute their 1 months salary into the fund," he tweeted.

Officers of Sindh government's Grade 21 will donate half of their salaries to the fund while officers of Grade 17-20 will donate 10 % of their salaries. It was also announced that officers of Grade 1-16 will donate 5% of their salaries to the fund.