WHO concerned over schools reopening
World Health Organization officials in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa expressed concern over complacency in enforcing SOPs in schools and the lack of coordination between the health department and educational institutions. Around 60 cases emerged across 34 schools in the province since the reopening of educational institutions on September 15.
Although most infected students are asymptomatic, they may accelerate transmissions to vulnerable groups.
School sealed as case emerges
A primary school in Hasan Abdal of district Attock was sealed on Wednesday, September 23, after a teacher-tested positive for the virus. The infected faculty member has been shifted to the Holy Family Hospital in Rawalpindi while two other teachers have been asked to go into self-quarantine after submitting their samples.
COVID-19 situation update
A worrying 799 fresh cases emerged in the country on September 23 against 42,299 tests, causing a slight uptick in the case positivity rate which increased from 1.81% on September 22 to 1.89%. Recoveries fell further from 95.7% to 95.5% as 476 patients managed to beat COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. The death rate has remained stable at 2.1% as Islamabad Capital territory reports one death and Punjab and Sindh report two fatalities each.