KARACHI, Pakistan

All shopping malls, restaurants, parks, and other public places will be closed for 15 days, starting Wednesday, in Sindh, Pakistan’s southern province that is worst hit by the coronavirus outbreak.

Government offices will also be closed and inter-city bus services suspended for 15 days from Thursday onwards, the provincial government announced on Tuesday.

The measures come amid a surge in coronavirus cases in Sindh, which rose to 172 on Tuesday, according to a government official.

The official clarified that grocery stores and pharmacies will remain open, while restaurants can continue takeaway and delivery services.

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