The southeastern province records 19 deaths and 1,475 new virus cases in a single day
KARACHI – The Sindh government decision to tighten lockdown during the weekend registered a passive public response on Saturday as markets were only partially closed while people thronging with less than adequate precautionary interventions.
It was due to steady increase in the number of people tested positive for novel coronavirus that the provincial authorities had decided to keep people remain indoor during the two off-days hence only pharmacies, grocery stories besides shops selling milk and dairy products were allowed to remain open.
Earlier today, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah confirmed that the province reported 19 coronavirus deaths in last 24 hours. The overall provincial toll has reached 634.
In a statement issued from the CM House, Shah said that 1,475 new cases emerged after 7,030 tests were conducted in a day. “We have 36,364 cases in Sindh against 222,890 tests conducted so far,” he said.
“At present 388 patients are in critical condition, of them 58 have been put on the ventilators,” he further revealed. He added that so far 18,265 patients have recovered across the province.
Due to smart lockdown, public buses or wagons, as per government directives, were not moving while most of the major markets and commercial centers were also closed, however, this rarely deter many not to move out of their home.
"I have a 9 to 5 job and all five working days therefore can do my essential shopping either on Saturday or Sunday," said Akhlaq Ahmed who thought the official decision to be inappropriate.
Rush around commercial outlets in different neighborhoods was a grim reminder that people are yet to fully realize intensity of the situation and were even willing to brave the heat so as to establish that viral infection hold no threat to them.
"What is being ignored is that they are not only exposing themselves but also turning themselves a risk for others," said Dr. Shafiq Ahmed.
Traffic flow was comparatively thin due to regular checking on all major thoroughfares, noticed to be a cause of annoyance for many of the families and thus causing a sort of tussle and arguments between them and the policemen.
Pakistani rupee's value remained stable against US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal and other currencies in the open market.
On Monday, the US dollar was being quoted at 285.15 for buying and 287.95 for selling.
Euro rate stands at 309.9 for buying and 310.5 for selling. British Pound GBP rate stands at 359.4 for buying, and 360.05 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED currently hovers around 77.45 while rate of Saudi Riyal stands at 75.82.
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||359.4||360.05|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.38||36.48|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||173.44||175.44|
The gold remained under pressure as the precious metal moved down despite an upward trend in the international market.
On the first day of the week, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs217,000 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs186,043
A single tola of 22-karat gold costs Rs170,539, while 21 karat rate for each tola is Rs. 192,325 and the price of 18k gold is Rs164,850.
In the global market, gold prices hover at around $2086, gaining $14.44 on Monday.
|Lahore||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Karachi||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Islamabad||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Peshawar||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Quetta||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Sialkot||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Attock||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Gujranwala||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Jehlum||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Multan||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Gujrat||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Nawabshah||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Chakwal||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Hyderabad||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Nowshehra||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Sargodha||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Faisalabad||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Mirpur||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|