Sindh decides to reimpose COVID-19 restrictions from July 26

Sindh decides to reimpose COVID-19 restrictions from July 26

Karachi (Web Desk): The Sindh government has decided to reimpose coronavirus restrictions from Monday (July 26), banning indoor and outdoor dining at restaurants and changing market timings due to increase in Covid-19 cases.

The decision was taken during a provincial coronavirus task force meeting chaired by Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah on Friday.

As per the details, from Monday onwards, shopping malls and markets will be allowed to operate from 6am till 6pm while grocery stores, bakeries and pharmacies are allowed to remain open.

It has been decided that marriage functions at wedding halls and other events will not be allowed.

Indoor and outdoor dining at the restaurants has also been banned, however, they have been allowed to offer takeaway and delivery services.

Shrines across the province will also remain closed, while Fridays and Saturdays will be observed as safe days. Offices and in public and private sectors will be allowed to remain open with 50per cent occupancy.

The provincial government’s directive further says that educational institutions in Sindh will remain closed from Monday onwards but exams will be held as per schedule.

Meanwhile, the Sindh government has decided to write the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) and the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to block the mobile SIMs of unvaccinated people citizens.

The restrictions come as Pakistan crossed the grim milestone of 1 million Covid-19 cases after the country recorded 1,425 cases of coronavirus in a day.

As per the NCOC data, 25,215 tests were conducted in last 24 hours while positivity ratio remained 5.65%.

According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 22,939 with 11 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.

Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 923,472 after another 543 virus recoveries were reported.