Monday Mar 23 2020

At least 472 people arrested for violating Sindh lockdown on first day


KARACHI: Police across Sindh arrested 472 people for violating the province-wide lockdown on the first day, according to a report on Monday, after the PPP government had taken preventive measures against the coronavirus pandemic.

Across Sindh, the report said six violators were arrested in Mirpur Khas, eight in Sukkur, and 236 in Larkana, while 222 people were detained in Karachi.

According to the break-down, 16 people were detained in District South, 60 in East, and one in the West.

Separately, a total of 72 cases were registered across the province. In Karachi, 33 cases were registered, whereas two in Mirpurkhas, one in Sukkur, and 36 in Larkana.

In Karachi, the report said 13 cases were registered in District South, 19 in East, and one in the West.

The government of Sindh had imposed lockdown effective March 23 as Pakistan continued to report cases of coronavirus. As of reporting, the number of confirmed cases had surpassed 850.

Provincial Minister Saeed Ghani, who himself contracted the virus earlier today, had said violators of the lockdown would be arrested by authorities under Section 144 and may be sent to jail.