Sindh reported new coronavirus cases on Saturday, after which the provincial tally rose to 396, bumping Pakistan’s toll to 730.
According to the Sindh Health Department, 89 new cases were reported from among Taftan pilgrims in Sukkur.
The number of confirmed cases in Pakistan crossed 500 today. Sindh remains the most affected province in the country, with 357 confirmed cases of the virus. Punjab has 137, KP has 27, Balochistan 103, Islamabad 10, and Gilgit-Baltistan has 55 confirmed cases.
Sindh under lockdown
Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah announced on Friday a complete lockdown of Sindh for three days. The decision came after contact cases increased in the province.
CM Shah, in this regard, said the rising number of Sindh’s local cases was “extremely concerning”.
“This is why I’m appealing to the people to stay inside their homes. People need not only save themselves but their children as well,” he added.
Inspector-General of Police (IGP) for Sindh Mushtaq Mehar said late Friday no more than five people should gather in the cars, on the roads or any other location and that legal action would be taken in case of violation.
“The first and foremost action against a pandemic is to limit people’s movement. People should reduce their travelling [inside the city] to as less as possible,” Mehar added.
Unnecessary meeting, gatherings, and social communication should be avoided, the IG noted, adding that police should issue a clear guidance on the limitation on people’s movement.
Deaths in Pakistan
On Friday, Pakistan recorded its third death due to coronavirus, the first in Sindh.
Sindh Health Minister Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho confirmed the death of a 77-year-old COVID-19 patient in the province, taking the total number of virus deaths in Pakistan to three.