Extension of ‘Smart Lockdown’ in Karachi

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    Extention of lockdown

    As we all know that the Sindh government extended province-wide lockdown for another 15 days; still, it’s undecided about whether to continue or lift the “smart lockdown” enforced for a fortnight in Covid-19 hotspots that ends at midnight today.

    The federal authorities wanted the provincial government to continue the same policy as Sindh, unlike others, has not yet shown any positive results. The same strategy should be extended to maintain stability and achieve desired outcomes.

    Referring to the recent data and numbers, the suggestion of lockdown continuation came from the top figures of the federal government, who are in authority of policymaking and executing the strategy against the coronavirus pandemic.

    Asad Umar said, “We have seen the positive trend and received positive feedback from three provinces — Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Balochistan — as well as Gilgit-Baltistan.”

    On June 18, the Sindh government imposed a lockdown in several parts of Karachi after the federal government identified 20 hotspots, followed by the same restrictions in several other areas of Sindh district, including Sukkur, Larkana, Hyderabad, Umerkot, Ghotki, and Khairpur.

    Though the lockdowns were lifted after a two-week cycle in several areas, the fate of policy is still unknown.

     Iftikhar Shallwani, Karachi Commissioner, said that any decision taken by the authorities would be made public today.

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