Sindh governor hints at relaxing lockdown after 14th
Statesman Report
KARACHI: While Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah on Saturday felt the need for a stricter lockdown in the province to prevent a surge in coronavirus cases, Governor Imran Ismail hinted at relaxing the restrictions after the three-week period would be over on April 14.
“We are not against the lockdown and we have supported it, but in the prevailing circumstances any extension in such types of restrictions seems not possible,” the governor told reporters during a visit to the head office of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan’s Khidmat-i-Khalq Foundation in Federal B Area.
He said that there were several areas in Karachi where many people lived in one small room during the coronavirus pandemic. He said there were people who lined up to avail rations and also there were those white-collar workers who were not ready to take handouts in order to keep their dignity intact.
“It is, therefore, necessary to ease lockdown restrictions after April 14 to save the people from its [negative] effects,” he said, adding that a strategy must be formed to reopen industries and markets.
Talking about the relief efforts made by the MQM’s charity wing, he said that he came here to encourage the MQM workers and KKF volunteers.
Speaking on the occasion, MQM-P convener Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui thanked the governor for his visit to the KKF head office.
He informed him of the party’s relief efforts and claimed that the MQM had so far provided rations to 100,000 households in Karachi and Hyderabad.
Earlier in his video statement released on a daily basis to update the people about the coronavirus situation, the CM said that 104 new coronavirus cases, or 20 per cent of the 531 tests, were detected in the province in one day and it was the highest average in the world.
“This is quite worrisome situation and its solution lies in social distancing,” he said, adding: “A stricter lockdown is our need.”
He said that the surge in coronavirus cases now required figuring out how we would lead our lives onward. “To me, only solution is lockdown and now a few days are left to the present lockdown and we all have to observe it in true letter and spirit.” He said even in the post-lockdown period people would have to ensure social distancing at their workplaces and at home and even in public transport.