Covid threat: Sindh closes shrines till April 8

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The Sindh government has decided to close shrines across the province in light of the third wave of the novel coronavirus.

The decision was taken by the province’s endowments minister, Sohail Anwar Sial, on Saturday, March 27. The orders will be implemented from March 28 till April 8.

According to Sial, the urs of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, which was supposed to take place at Sehwan Sharif starting Shaban 18 (April 1), has been cancelled as well.

On March 24, the shrine was open for believers with strict SOPs. The urs was cancelled last year as well when the virus first broke out.

In an NCOC meeting earlier in the day, Federal Planning Minister Asad Umar said that the third wave of the virus was more dangerous than other waves.

The minister urged media and religious scholars to encourage people to follow SOPs and take precautionary measures.

Pakistan reported 4,468 coronavirus cases and 67 deaths in the last 24 hours. The government recently announced new restrictions to curb the third wave of coronavirus across the country.

Moreover, the authorities have imposed micro smart lockdowns in multiple areas of Karachi’s Korangi district.

These areas include Bilal Colony, Mehran Town, Sector 6B in Korangi UC-1, Nasir Colony, Sector 32E in UC-2, Chakragoth in Korangi 2 ½ , Sector 33E in UC-3, Model Colony UC-1, Mehran Depo and Gillaniabad.

These above-mentioned areas will remain under lockdown until April 9.

The district administration will make every effort to provide rations to needy people in these areas, the notification read.

It will also try to provide mobile dispensaries and utility stores to facilitate residents.