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Pakistan reports another 65 deaths due to coronavirus

Sindh government had decided to impose an immediate lockdown till August 8 as the province continues to battle the dangerous surge in COVID-19 infections. 

KARACHI: At least 65 more people have died in Pakistan due to the coronavirus epidemic in the last 24 hours. The total number of deaths due to corona across the country rose to 23,360.

According to the latest figures released by the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), 4,950 cases of corona have been reported in the last 24 hours. The total number of corona cases across the country reached 1,029,811.

According to the NCOC, 58,479 corona tests were performed in the last 24 hours. In the last 24 hours, the rate of positive cases of the coronavirus was 8.46 percent. On Friday, the Sindh government had decided to impose an immediate lockdown till August 8 as the province continues to battle the dangerous surge in COVID-19 infections. 

This was decided in a meeting chaired by Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah of the coronavirus task force which was attended by provincial ministers, medical experts, and representatives of the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA). For the first time, parliamentary leaders of political parties were also invited to the COVID-19 task force meeting. Besides this, the Sindh Ranger DG was also invited.

On the other hand, Karachi’s Tajir Action Committee rejected the Sindh government’s lockdown decision. Rizwan Irfan, of the Tajir Action Committee, said the group is disappointed with the Sindh CM’s decision.

Those who do not get vaccinated will not get their salary after 31st August. Vaccination cards of anyone roaming the streets will be checked. The Export industry will remain open and all markets in the province will remain closed, but pharmacies will stay open. Intercity transport will also be closed during the lockdown.