Sindh decides to close schools, indoor dine-in, parks amid COVID surge

 Sindh decides to close schools, indoor dine-in, parks amid COVID surge

Chief Minister of Sindh Murad Ali Shah

ISLAMABAD(KARACHI), 14 July: In a major decision, the Sindh government has decided to shut primary schools, indoor dine-in, parks, and other amusement places in the wake of rising COVID-19 cases in the province, reported on Wednesday.

The decision was taken by the provincial COVID task force meeting headed by Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah today.

According to decisions taken by the meeting, the indoor dine-in will remain closed from tomorrow (Thursday) night besides also closing down schools until class eight from Friday.

It has been however decided that education institutes of matric and above will be shut after the conclusion of ongoing board examinations.

The parks, water parks, sea view, Hawkes Bay beach, and other amusement places will also remain shut from Friday onwards after the provincial task force meeting expressed its concern over a surge in COVID cases in the province, especially in Karachi.

Cinemas, indoor gyms, and indoor sports events are also barred from operating in the province after the new restrictions imposed by the government.

Read this: Covid-19: Sindh health dept proposes shutting down primary schools

As coronavirus cases continue to rise in the province, with the positivity ratio exceeding 14% in Karachi alone on Monday, the Sindh Health Department has suggested that primary schools should be shut down in the province to contain further spread of the virus. The suggestion was put forward during a coronavirus review meeting chaired by Sindh Chief Secretary Mumtaz Ali Shah.

During the meeting, several other suggestions were made by the health department to contain the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the province due to the rampant violations of the government’s mandated coronavirus standard operating procedures (SOPs).The chief secretary said that if violations of the SOPs continue, then marriage halls, restaurants and cattle markets should be sealed. He suggested that smart lockdowns should be imposed in areas where the ratio of coronavirus positive cases are high.

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