Even though the fifth wave of Covid-19 is being driven by Omicron, schools across Sindh will stay open. The decision was made at a meeting of the Provincial Task Force on Covid-19, which was led by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah.
The meeting’s participants also decided that all public and private hospitals will be surveyed to find out how well they work and what more needs to be done.
Also, it was decided to follow the Covid-19 standard operating procedures very closely (SOPs). In addition, people were told to wear masks in public places, markets, and wedding halls.
Those government workers who don’t wear face-masks could get a fine. The fine, it was thought, could be the same as one day’s pay.
Besides that, it was told that food would be served in boxes at wedding events.
Only people who have been vaccinated would be able to go into markets, and the managers would have to check the records of their vaccination cards.
It was also decided to speed up the process of getting vaccinated across the province even more, which will help.
“The number of Covid cases has gone up because people didn’t take safety precautions. If people work together, this Covid wave will also be brought under control “The chief minister said that, too.
The meeting participants also agreed that restaurants will be checked and those that don’t follow the Covid SOPs will be punished, as well.
There will be a second meeting of the task force in a few days. The chief minister said that more decisions will be made after a review of the situation at the time.
Today, Sindh authorities released new rules for how to deal with the situation. On Friday, they seemed to be undecided about taking harsh measures, like lockdowns, saying that they were closely monitoring the situation.
“The number of deaths and hospitalizations hasn’t gone up the way it did last year, but the number of infections has gone up.” CM Murad told reporters at the Dow University of Health Sciences.
In the past, when he was asked about the possibility of a lockdown or closing schools because of a rise in Covid-19 cases, he said that the health facilities were not under pressure and that the provincial government was in touch with the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) to make decisions about what to do.