The Sindh government has issued new guidelines to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the province amid the Omicron variant outbreak in South Africa and several other countries.
The state government imposed new restrictions in the province with instructions to “accelerate” the vaccination campaign.
The government tightened restrictions on Category “C” counties because of slow vaccinations and fears of an increase in infections.
The new restrictions of the “Viral Diseases Act” will remain in force until December 15, it said.
Here are the SOPs approved by Sindh CM Murad Ali Shah:
Markets and business activities will remain open until 10 p.m.
Basic services – pharmacies, medical facilities, vaccination centers, gas stations, CNG stations and others exempt from the new orders.
Indoor and outdoor gatherings are only allowed for vaccinated people with the following limit value
> 500 people for indoor meetings
> 1,000 people at outdoor gatherings in Karachi, Sukkur and Sanghar. permitted
In other cities, 300 and 1,000 people respectively will be allowed inside and outside.
All educational institutes remain open with 100% attendance. A campaign to vaccinate students over the age of 12 is being carried out in schools, colleges and universities.
The usual office hours are adhered to and 100% attendance is permitted. A full vaccination of employees is mandatory.
Indoor dining allowed for fully vaccinated individuals until 11:59 p.m. at 70% capacity in Karachi, Sukkur and Sanghar. 50% in the other cities and divisions.
Fully vaccinated individuals are allowed to eat outside until 11:59 p.m. throughout the province.
Takeaway and drive-through services are allowed around the clock according to the COVID-19 SOPs.
Amusement parks, water sports and swimming pools in Karachi, Sukkur and Sanghar can be operated with an occupancy rate of 70%, while the other cities have an occupancy rate of 50%.
However, public parks remain open as per the COVID-19 protocols.
Shrines will only stay open to fully vaccinated individuals
Public transport can run with 80% occupancy
Cinemas remain functional for fully vaccinated people and can be operated without time restrictions.
Rail operations with 80% utilization
The district administrations can impose more extensive bans in their areas of responsibility. You can also perform smart and micro-smart lockdowns in specific areas.
“Omicron will come”
the NCOC chief Asad Umer has said it is inevitable that the Omicron variant of COVID-19 will hit Pakistan because it is impossible to stop viruses from spreading in this world.
He said the NCOC was taking steps to delay arrival and minimize the impact of the new variant.
“We are increasing the number of coronavirus tests. We will run tests in the high risk areas, ”said Umer.
Pakistan forbids entry
The reports about the rapidly mutating Covid variant Omicron have caused an alarm in Pakistan and the USA The National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) has announced a ban when entering from South Africa, five other African countries and Hong Kong.
According to the announcement, a total travel ban from South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Botswana and Hong Kong has been imposed with immediate effect.
Previously, the NCOC boss and Federal Planning and Development Minister Asad Umer had urged all eligible citizens to “get vaccinated urgently”.
“A notification was issued due to the emergence of the new Covid variant [to] Travel restrictions from six South African countries and Hong Kong, ”he tweeted.
According to the NCOC, Pakistan has given over 120 million Covid vaccinations since the vaccination campaign began in February this year.
At least 80 million people received the first vaccination while 49,010,906 citizens were fully vaccinated.
‘Highly transferable variant’
The advisory body of the World Health Organization (WHO) has classified the new variant as “highly transferable”.
Omicron has been placed in the most troubling category of coronavirus variants after delta, alpha, beta, and gamma.
Several countries rushed to ban flights to slow the spread of Omicron. Equity markets and the price of oil collapsed on fears about the variant, which may deal a severe blow to the global economic recovery.