Home Ministry orders distribution of free masks in Karachi


Karachi and Hyderabad commissioners have been directed to distribute free masks among the general population in public places after directives from National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Monday.

In a letter conveyed by the provincial home ministry to the commissioners in Karachi and Hyderabad, it was directed to distribute free masks to ensure COVID SOPs compliance.

The letter also called for adopting innovative measures to ensure mask-wearing in public areas including shops, markets, bazars, restaurants, hotels, wedding halls, marquees, public parks, guest houses, and educational institutes, and other places.

It also called for awareness campaigns through banners and announcements and advertisements in media.

At least 5 more people died of coronavirus in Sindh during the past 24 hours, lifting the death toll to 6,960, said Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah in a statement on Sunday.

i Shah said that 16,642 samples were tested which detected 1,016 cases that constituted a 6.1 percent current detection rate.

He added that so far 5,629,247 tests have been conducted against which 437,973 cases were diagnosed, of them 87.3 percent or 382,648 patients have recovered, including 1,000 overnight.


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