KARACHI: According to Channel News, the Sindh government has decided to impose an emergency lockdown till August 8 as the province continues to face a worrisome increase of COVID-19 infections.

It will take effect the next day (Saturday).

This was agreed during a coronavirus task force meeting on Friday, which was led by Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and attended by provincial ministers, medical specialists, and officials of the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA).

For the first time, political party legislative leaders were invited to the COVID-19 task force meeting. Additionally, the Sindh Ranger DG was invited.

The Tajir Action Committee in Karachi has condemned the Sindh government’s plan to impose a state of emergency. The Tajir Action Committee’s Rizwan Irfan expressed disappointment with the Sindh Chief Minister’s decision.

“We had pleaded with the government delegation not to enforce a total lockdown,” Irfan added, adding that the traders’ organisation had proposed extending business hours.

The task team was given a two-week lockdown by the Sindh health department, while medical specialists recommended a two-week restriction on inter-city transportation. There was also a plan to shut down all educational institutions and activities for two weeks.

The National Command and Operation Centre had opposed a total lockdown in Karachi, and its chief, Asad Umar, warned that shutting the city for weeks would not be a solution.

The Sindh government, on the other hand, has stated that it is unconcerned about what the federation says, and that the only urgent answer to reducing viral infections is a lockdown.