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Sindh’s shrines closed for public again amid surge in coronavirus cases

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KARACHI: The Sindh government has announced to close the shrines across the province in a bid to curtail the spread of COVID-19 after surging in coronavirus cases.

Auqaf Chief Administrator Sindh, in a notification on Saturday, said all shrines and dargahs would remain closed for 10 days — from March 28 to April 6. The decision came during a meeting with the provincial Minister for Auqaf Sohail Anwar Sial in the chair.

On March 22, the Auqaf Department had notified the reopening of all the shrines in the province, however, with an increase in coronavirus cases, the government has decided to shut them down.

Meanwhile, the COVID-19 epidemic wreaks havoc in the metropolis as the government imposed a lockdown in the Korangi District on Saturday.

Deputy Commissioner Korangi has imposed smart lockdown in five UCs of Korangi including Chakragoth, Nasir Jump, Model Colony, Saudabad and Bilal Colony areas. The lockdown has been imposed at the request of the District Health Officer.

In the last 24 hours, Sindh has recorded 252 new coronavirus cases and four deaths, bumping the total infections to 264,606 and moving the death toll up to 4,491.

The province recorded 293 cases on March 26, 247 on March 25, 151 on March 24, 200 on March 23, and 174 coronavirus infections on March 22, according to the government’s official figures.