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Has Sindh govt announced new Covid-19 restrictions?  

Doctored notification doing rounds on social media. (Source: Online)

KARACHI: A notification, making rounds on social media regarding new restrictions imposed to curb rising Omicron cases in Sindh, is ‘fake’.

The Sindh health department termed the notification “photoshopped” on its official Twitter handle and debunked all fake news about new restrictions imposed in the province.

“Please be wary of photoshopped images that are spreading fake information during the pandemic. This document is fake & no such notification has been issued from the Sindh Government or Sindh Health Department. If forwarded to you, inform the sender it is inauthentic,” the department said.  

 

Omicron cases in Sindh

The Omicron cases in Sindh have reached 307 after 30 more people tested positive for the highly-contagious variant between January 3 and January 5, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah announced on Friday.

According to a statement, out of 37 samples taken, at least 30 individuals tested positive for Omicron – 81 per cent of the total tests. “Along with 630 new cases, the Omicron infections have reached 307 in the province,” the CM Sindh added.

The chief minister urged the citizens to follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) in the wake of the spread of the virus. “People should observe social distancing protocols, wear face masks in markets, offices and other public spaces”, he implored.

Lockdown rumors

On Thursday, NCOC chief Asad Umar said that Pakistan was not mulling on a lockdown for now. “Our focus should be on increasing the pace of vaccination, both the doses,” he added.

Sindh Health Minister Dr Azra Pechucho has also clarified that the decision to impose a lockdown in Sindh is dependant on the province’s hospitalisation rate.

“We will go for a lockdown only if, god forbid, a time comes when hospitals start filling up with patients and there’s no space left,” she said at a media talk in Hyderabad.

 

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