Sindh announces to open markets from Monday

KARACHI: Chief Minister of Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah on Sunday announced to open markets in the province from Monday. All markets across the province will be opened except shopping malls, Shah announced in a press briefing. The shops will be opened from 6:00 in the morning till 5:00 PM under the SOPs, the chief minister said. The traders will be responsible for enforcement and compliance of the SOPs, Sindh chief minister stressed. He urged for special focus on maintaining social distancing. “We have to take more strict decisions in case of further increase in coronavirus infection cases”. The chief minister said that around 12,000 Covid-19 positive cases have been reported in Sindh. “The lockdown has affected the business. Karachi is a city with big population so as more cases of the disease have been reported in it,” Shah said. “We had to take strict decision for maintaining social distancing during the prayers under the compulsion of the situation,” Murad Ali Shah said. He said that around 1100 positive cases of coronavirus were reported in the province yesterday, while over 700 cases also reported today. Sindh government spokesman Murtaza Wahab earlier said that 4,215 tests were conducted during the previous 24 hours against which 709 came back positive. He added 61 people have recovered from the disease, taking the number of recoveries to 2,081.