KARACHI: Chief Minister of Sindh Murad Ali Shah has ordered that all grocery shops and stores across the province will be closed by 5 pm from tomorrow (Saturday).
The decision came in a meeting presided by CM Murad. Earlier, the provincial government had allowed grocery shops and stores to remain open from 8 am t0 8 pm.
The meeting was attended by Minister Health Dr. Azra Pechuho, Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah, DG Rangers Major General Omar Bukhari, Home Secretary Usman Chachar, Brigadier Sami of Corps 5 and Dr. Bari of Indus Hospital
Murad Ali Shah has said that about 10 percent of reported cases were locally transmitted, adding that it was a “dangerous trend”.
CM Sindh further said that restricting prayer congregations was a difficult decision and the aim was to save people from local transmission.
‘Sindh govt denies flour shortage’
Sindh government also denied the reports of flour shortage in the province amid lockdown and said that it has enough stocks available to meet the needs.
Sindh Minister for Agriculture Ismail Rahu has said that the Sindh government has temporarily allowed the flour mills to purchase directly from the market in order to ensure uninterrupted supply of flour.
“The province has also started purchasing of wheat in order to overcome any shortage,” he said adding that 5000 metric tons flour was provided to Karachi on daily basis.