Businesses dormant, vaccination centres active in Karachi
KARACHI: As the Sindh government’s imposed lockdown brings Karachi to a grinding halt, hundreds of people visited vaccination centres across the city to get Covid jabs on Saturday.
Amid a surge in the confirmed coronavirus cases and single-day deaths, the provincial authorities imposed a weeklong lockdown till August 8.
Following the lockdown and the federal and provincial government’s deadline to get vaccinated, centres across Karachi have seen a great influx of people.
“The fourth wave of Delta variant is most dangerous,” commented Dr Faryal from Khaliqdina Hall vaccination centre, requesting the people to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
She shared that the new strain of the virus is very penetrative and fatal that it can cause death within 24 hours after being infected.
The provincial government said that the lockdown will remain in place from July 31 to August 8 to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
The measure was announced days after the sudden rise in the Covid-19 cases flooded hospitals in Karachi.
During the lockdown, all markets—excluding pharmacies, grocery stores, bakeries and shops of other essential items— will remain closed, while public transport will also remain off the road and unnecessary movement will not be allowed.
While doctors and other authorities laud the Sindh government’s decision to close businesses in an effort to curb the virus, daily wage workers feel that this will only add to their misery.
Sitting beside his closed stall at Jodia Bazaar, Mairajuddin feels that the lockdown will make it difficult for him to make his ends meet.
“There is no relief for [the] daily wages workers. How will we earn during the lockdown,” he commented, adding that he has been personally requesting people to follow SOPs to avoid another lockdown.
The Sindh Home Department has also issued a notification of the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions in the province.
According to the notification, partial lockdown will be enforced in Sindh from today (July 31, 2021) and the citizens will be banned from leaving their homes unnecessarily.
Earlier pillion riding was banned in the city, however, the ban was later lifted.
In case of emergency, only two persons will be allowed to travel in a car.
The notification also added that the public transport has been stopped and only rickshaw and taxis will be allowed to operate.
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