KARACHI, Pakistan

The government has imposed a lockdown in the southern Sindh province – home to nearly 50 million people and the country’s largest city, Karachi – in a desperate attempt to stem the rising number of coronavirus cases in the country, an official said.

The lockdown starting Sunday midnight will last two weeks in the province, which has reported almost 50% of the total 645 coronavirus cases in Pakistan, Chief Minister for Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah announced in a video message.

“There will be a lockdown all over the province from today midnight for 15 days,” Shah said,

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