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Sindh government announces lockdown in the province amid COVID-19 pandemic

Sindh government has announced a province-wide-lockdown from midnight to halt the spread of COVID-19 limiting the interaction of masses as the number of coronavirus cases rose to 292 in the province on Saturday.

According to the details, there will be a total ban on every kind of public activity in the province, as per the notification issued by the Sindh government. Pak Army will be deployed on standby to restrict the movement of people.

The lockdown would come into effect Sunday midnight as announced by the chief minister Murad Ali Shah.

Announcing the lockdown, the chief minister also said that in case of emergency or if someone is ill will be allowed to be taken to the hospital.

The ban also extends to places of worship, according to the chief minister.

No more than two people will be allowed in a car, with the only exception being the allowance of three people for hospital-bound vehicles.

Citizens will not be allowed to leave the house unless it is essential.

Earlier, Sindh govt. has written to the interior ministry seeking approval of army deployment within the province for aiding civil administration under Article 245 of the Constitution.

“It’s therefore requested to kindly accord the approval for the deployment of armed forces to aid civil power in the province of Sindh,” reads a letter written by the Sindh home department to the federal interior secretary and the government of Pakistan.

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