On Friday, the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) announced that 38 educational institutions across Pakistan were closed down during the last 72 hours for failing to follow Standard Operating Procedures to curb the spread of coronavirus.
The National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) announced and gave a statement, “During the last 72 hours, 38 educational institutions across Pakistan have been closed due to non-compliance of health SOPs/protocols and disease prevalence.”
The statement further says, a total of 29 educational instructions were in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, 1 from Islamabad, 3 in Sindh, and 5 were in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
3 colleges were shut down in Hyderabad due to coronavirus cases diagnosed in colleges reported among staff. Meanwhile, according to the district health officer Dr. Yar Mohammad, 8 positive cases were confirmed at 2 colleges in Matiari district among teaching and non-teaching staff. The cases were reported at the Government Girls’ Degree College Matiari and the Government College Maula Saeedabad.
“Both colleges have been closed down by the district administration,” Matiari Deputy Commissioner Ghulam Hyder Chandio said.
He added that these closed down educational institutions would be disinfected and infected employees have been advised to isolate themselves at home.
Moreover, Jamshoro Deputy Commissioner Farid Mustafa directed on Thursday to seal Government Degree Boys’ College Bhan Saeedabad after 18 virus cases were reported among college staff. He added that six more cases were reported among staff working at Army Public School Sehwan and five more cases among staff working at Government Girls’ High School Sehwan.
Earlier this week, a medical college was shut down rather sealed in the federal capital after 16 new coronavirus cases were diagnosed among employees and students. The Islamabad district health office in a letter had stated:
“It has been observed with great concern that numerous cases of Covid-19 have been reported from Riphah Medical College, Islamabad, since September 9. Till date more than 16 cases have been reported. This trend is very alarming as this institute is becoming a super spreader and a hotspot for Covid-19. It is advised to immediately close down the campus and hostel premises and conduct thorough disinfection activities.”
However, if more cases are diagnosed or SOPs are not followed in educational institutions, more schools would be closed.