Sindh Health Minister warns of lockdown in Karachi

Sindh Health Minister warns of lockdown in Karachi

At the Karachi Cantonment railway station in Karachi, a health worker checks a passenger’s body temperature amid concerns over the spread of the novel coronavirus. – AFP / File

Sindh Health Minister Dr. Azra Fazal Pechoho warned on Thursday that the government could impose lockdown in selected areas of Karachi if the virus situation worsens.

The health minister said that the Sindh government had recommended a ban on inter-provincial transport. However, the National Command and Operations Center rejected the proposal.

Sindh Health Minister Dr. Azra Fazal Pechoho talking during a video message. – Facebook / Nabdpak / File

Due to the third wave of corona virus – and as the country faces an increase in COVID-19-related deaths – Dr. Pechoho noted that the burden on the health system is increasing.

According to official statistics, a total of 275,081 cases of corona virus have been recorded in Sindh, 4,562 deaths and 261,298 people have recovered from the disease.

Different strains of UK virus in Karachi

The day before, Dr Pechoho had said that the highly contagious British corona virus had reached Karachi.

The health minister had said that of the samples tested in patients in the city, 50% tested positive for the British strain of the virus.

Pechoho had said that the UK’s corona virus “spreads very fast” in various forms and had already spread to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab, causing several deaths and infections, and had now reached Karachi.

Dr. Pechoho had said that with the month of Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr approaching, many people are coming out for shopping.

He spoke in support of the US Alliance, but said that maintaining some independence was important for Britain.

“Follow the SOPs and don’t leave your homes unless absolutely necessary,” the health minister said.

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