In an extraordinary development, the Sindh government has issued orders to arrest citizens found unvaccinated against Coronavirus from all over the province.
The development comes after the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) suggested all federating units take measures to expedite the ongoing countrywide Coronavirus vaccination campaign in order to achieve the target of vaccinating 70 million of the eligible population by the end of this year.
According to the official notification issued by the Sindh’s Home Department, citizens seeking to travel on motorways across the province will be required to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus by 20 September. Unvaccinated travelers will be detained and put behind bars once the deadline expires.
Those looking to travel on trains will be needed to furnish COVID-19 vaccination certificates before getting onboard. In case of failure, they will be detained and locked up as well.
Moreover, transport companies have been directed to ensure the vaccination of their employees against Coronavirus at the earliest. Otherwise, buses and other vehicles of these companies will be confiscated while their employees who fail to provide proof of their vaccination or are found unvaccinated against Coronavirus will be taken to jail.
Hotels, restaurants, and food delivery services have also been ordered to ensure vaccination of their staff members against COVID-19 as soon as possible. Any of these businesses caught violating these directives will be shut down and their unvaccinated staff members will be incarcerated.
Sindh has reported 650 new cases and 12 more deaths from the Coronavirus during the last 24 hours, taking the province’s tally of total cases and deaths since the start of the pandemic to over 450,000 and 7,200 respectively.
On the other hand, Pakistan reported 2,167 new cases and 40 deaths from COVID-19 during the last 24 hours. The country has recorded more than 1.2 million cases and over 27,000 deaths from the Coronavirus since February last year when it officially confirmed the first case of the viral infection.