CM Sindh Murad Ali Shah press conference

KARACHI: Chief Minister of Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah has said Sindh needs strick Lockdown for two more weeks.

The CM Sindh on Monday, while speaking to a press conference, said that the reason behind the ineffectiveness of the countrywide coronavirus lockdown was the ‘mixed signals’ from the federal government. “The Covid-19 pandemic is not a provincial or a personal matter — I want to say this very clearly. We cannot make decisions in isolation because their consequences affect everybody,” he added.

“We cannot make decisions in isolation, the pandemic is affecting everybody.”, he remarked.

He said “We started working on the issue when the first case was reported.”

“We formed a task force, took help from wherever we could.”

Sindh CM said “I did not have experience in dealing with a pandemic neither did my close aides — so we learned from the world’s experience,”

“We have been blamed for enforcing a lockdown without thinking — that is not true. There is only one way to deal with a pandemic”

CM Sindh said that the federal government didn’t listen to his advice of imposing lockdown earlier.

He has alleged that due to the non-cooperative behavior of ruling party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), the provincial government has been facing a lot of challenges in importing the medical equipments to counter the deadly coronavirus outbreak.

“We imposed lockdown as per planning; first we closed schools, then shopping malls then recreational centers. Had we imposed a countrywide lockdown in mid-March as I had suggested in a meeting, situation would have been different,” he said.

He added that the government is confused about whether to lift restrictions or continue imposing them.

Briefing on the situation of Coronavirus, he said that one person has died of Coronavirus in Sindh in last 24 hours.

“Around 31 people have succumbed to this disease so far in Sindh. 37 people are in quarantine and 317 are under treatment in various hospitals. Around 1002 people are isolated in their houses. We are urging people to maintain social distancing since day one. If I impose a decision to which people do not respond, it is a collective damage,” he added.

The chief minister said that he was thankful to the rest of the provinces that followed Sindh government’s footsteps and enforced a lockdown. “I am tired of repeating this. The pandemic has affected economies around the world, but nothing is more important than people’s lives. You can revive a lifeless economy but you cannot bring back the dead,” he added.

“I agree that our economy has suffered the most due to the pandemic, but nothing is more important than human lives at the end of the day,” he remarked.

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