Six Sindh govt employees suspended for taking selfie with coronavirus patient

Six Sindh govt employees suspended for taking selfie with coronavirus patient
Karachi: Six employees of the Sindh Revenue Department were suspended for taking a selfie with a man suffering from novel coronavirus infection.

All the officials have been placed into quarantine for 14 days after they took a picture along with Irshad Ali, who had returned from Iran and tested positive for the disease.

According to official data, the number of coronavirus victims in Pakistan has increased to 646 with Sindh leading the table with 292 cases.

In Punjab, there are 152 coronavirus cases so far while in Balochistan 104 cases of the deadly virus were confirmed. 31 cases were reported from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 11 from Islamabad. Azad Kashmir also reported one coronavirus case. There are 55 cases in the Gilgit-Baltistan.


Read more: Sindh to go into lockdown midnight to fight coronavirus

Earlier today, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah announced to impose a complete lockdown for next 15 days to counter the infectious disease.

The lockdown will start from midinght, he said, adding that public will not be allowed unnecessary travel. The restrictions will also be effective for worship places. All offices will remain closed while gatherings have been banned, he said. 

During the lockdown, the government will take action to control inflation and hoarding in the province, the chief minister said.

Announcing relaxations for masses during this tough period, he said that electricity connection will not be cut if anyone is unable to pay the utility bill.

Shah said that there will be no loadshedding of power as all utility providers has been directed in this regard.

He also asked people to keep their identity cards with them while they step out, adding that only two people will be allowed to travel in a car.