The district administration of Karachi has imposed a smart lockdown in six union councils of Korangi after coronavirus metrics the area rose.
A notification issued by the deputy commissioner of Korangi stated that the lockdown will stay in place for 15 days. The decision was taken over the advice of the district health officer.
The entry and exit points of these areas will be sealed:
• Shah Faisal Colony
• Drug Colony
• Rafah-e-Alam Society
• Al Falah Society
Residents have been instructed to wear masks at all times and abstain from leaving their houses unless absolutely necessary. Essential shops, pharmacies, and hospitals in the localities will remain open.
A ban has been placed on gatherings and processions. People who test positive for the virus will be quarantined at home. Moreover, the local administration on Saturday sealed Saddar Mobile Market over violation of the standard operating procedures (SOPs) put in place to stem the third wave of Covid-19.
The entry and exit points of the market have been closed with the road leading to it blocked.The market administration said the move to seal the entire market is beyond comprehension. There are more than 10,000 shops in the market, it added.
Earlier, two commercial banks and a school were sealed in Karachi over violation of the standard operating procedures (SOPs).The action was taken in the city South Distric, where the assistant commissioner visited various private offices, banks and a school to review implementation of the COVID SOPs.
Upon violation, two commercial banks and a school were sealed at II Chundrigar Road and Clifton respectively. The action was taken over violation of the 50 per cent staff attendance policy.
Earlier this week, traders requested the government to allow markets to stay open for six days a week and change the timings to 10am to 10pm.For the past week, Rangers, Army, and police have been patrolling the markets to ensure the implementation of SOPs. A warning, too, has been issued to Bohra Bazaar.