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Wednesday Nov 11 2020
Web Desk

Sindh reports 720 new coronavirus cases in past 24 hours

Web Desk
A Reuters file image of a man wearing a mask on the streets of Karachi. 

Sindh reported 720 new cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the provincial tally to 152,072.

A total of 720 new coronavirus cases were reported across Sindh in the past 24 hours, Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah said on Wednesday.

The chief minister said 14 people died due to the virus bringing the provincial death toll to 2,704. With 449 people recovering from the virus since yesterday, the total number of recovered patients stands at 141,446.

CM Murad said 11,146 tests were conducted across the province.  

Read more: Coronavirus cases in Pakistan and abroad on November 11

Emergency measures

National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) on Wednesday issued fresh restrictions in a bid to control the rapidly increasing second wave of coronavirus infections across the country.

The NCOC has recommended limiting all public gatherings to 500 people, including cultural, political, religious, entertainment, and civil gatherings.

The meeting, chaired by Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar, was told that the virus increased three-folds since the NCOC recommended banning large public gatherings and outdoor activities on October 12 and November 3 to the National Coordination Committee (NCC) for its final decision.

"However, consensus by all stakeholders is awaited," read a statement issued on Wednesday.

The body has suggested notifying early and extending winter vacations to federal and provincial education departments, keeping in view the rising positivity rate in educational institutions. Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mehmood will be chairing a special meeting with his provincial counterparts at the NCOC on November 16 to assess and review the positivity prevailing in educational institutions.

The forum has recommended only outdoor dining be allowed till 10 pm while cinemas and theatres will be closed immediately. Shrines will also be temporarily closed with immediate effect. Only outdoor weddings with a capacity of 500 people be will allowed from November 20.

The NCOC also wants early closing of markets and safe days.

"After consultative discussions, the recommendations would be shared with the provinces for consequent decision and enforcement," said the NCOC in a statement. "The body has recommended urgent and emergency measures to the NCC for final approval after consensus by all stakeholders."

Appreciating COVID-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) compliance in mosques, the NCOC noted a "decline in compliance at present and appealed to all stakeholders to further follow the same rather enhance amid possible second wave".