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Friday Apr 03 2020
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Complete lockdown in Sindh today from 12 noon to 3:30pm

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People stand outside the locked entrance gate of a mosque as they arrive to attend Friday prayer despite a lockdown after Pakistan shut all markets, public places and discouraged large gatherings amid an outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Karachi, Pakistan March 27, 2020. -REUTERS

KARACHI: Sindh will be under complete lockdown today from 12 noon to 3:30pm to prevent people from participating in congregational Friday prayers.

The provincial authorities are taking strong measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus epidemic. 

Under the new directives, no traffic will be allowed on the road during this period.

In a statement issued on Thursday night, Sindh Information and Local Government Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah had announced the enforcement of a province-wide complete lockdown from 12 noon to 3:30pm on Friday (today).

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He said that stopping people from the congregational prayers was a painful act, but it was an unavoidable measure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus epidemic.

Sindh government notification.

Shah said that mosques would not be closed, but only three to five persons among mosque staffers will be allowed to participate in Jummah prayers.

The minister said that people should realize that this painful decision was taken in the best public interest to safeguard their health and lives against from the deadly viral disease.

He said that people should realise the gravity of the situation and should duly observe the lockdown to keep themselves and their families confined to their homes in the present emergency.

The information minister said that the government would not succeed against the coronavirus till the time it gets support and cooperation of the masses. 

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It is against this backdrop, “ the government has decided to enforce complete lockdown in the province on Friday as during this time the government will make sure that there would be no vehicular traffic on roads,” he said.

Shah said that people have shown massive generosity in donating to the provincial government’s Corona Emergency Relief Fund and it is continuing.

Sindh Home Department also issued a notification to order complete closure of public, private, transport, business other public activities on Friday.

The notification only allowed three to five people to offer congregational prayers in the mosques.