The Deputy Commissioner for Central Karachi District, Dr MB Raja Oharejo, on Thursday made the use of masks in confined spaces mandatory as coronavirus cases surged across Pakistan.
The decision was taken based on a recommendation from the National Command and Operations Center, said the deputy commissioner.
“Strict enforcement mandates wearing masks in confined spaces (indoors, public transportation, outdoor crowded settings such as markets and bus stops, and train stations, etc.),” read the notice.
Apart from that, markets, shopping malls, wedding halls, and restaurants, etc. – excluding essential services such as medical shops, clinics and hospitals – have been ordered to close at 10pm.
The notification stated that it was “amused [and] public parks “will be closed at 18.00 every day.
Earlier in the day, Education Minister Sindh Saeed Ghan said the current situation for school closures was unclear.
The provincial minister has said schools have reopened to reduce the education loss suffered by students due to the pandemic. “Given the spike in COVID-19 cases, we don’t know yet if and when schools will close again.”
Karachi recorded 293 coronavirus cases as of Thursday, according to a statement from Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah.
CM Murad revealed 109 cases of coronavirus were recorded in the East Districts, 99 South, 32 Central, 21 Malir, 17 Korangi, and 15 in the West in one day on Wednesday.
Sindh, so far, has recorded 144,765 coronavirus cases, 2,611 deaths and 137,656 recoveries from the pandemic, according to official statistics.
Coronavirus deaths in Sindh increased during October
Meanwhile, Sindh has seen an increase in coronavirus-related deaths in October, the provincial health department said.
At least 24 home deaths have been reported in the past 29 days – an increase of more than 100% from the 10 deaths in September.
Meanwhile, at the hospital, at least 80 people from all over the province died from COVID-19 during October, while 91 people died in September.
Data released by the department shows that men account for 70% of deaths and women 30%.
The COVID-19 surge
Pakistan reported 908 new coronavirus cases on October 28, the highest number of positive cases since July 29. Sindh has reported more than 900 cases and 13 deaths in the past three days.
Positive cases for the country crossed 3% with more than SARS-Cov-2 detected in over 900 samples out of 29,449 tests conducted on 28 October.