COVID Watch | September 25th 2020

--Sindh set to reopen lower secondary & primary schools on Sept 28 despite warnings of doubled positivity rate from Sindh Health Minister Azra Pechuho --Several schools in Gilgit-Baltistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa & Islamabad sealed over the emergence of COVID19 cases


Sindh to reopen schools despite warning

Sindh Education Minister Saeed Ghani announced lower secondary and primary classes will resume on September 28, despite warnings by Sindh Health Minister Azra Pechuho that the case positivity rate in the province has recently doubled from 1.5% to 3%. Under the current circumstances, the threat of a second COVID-19 wave should not be discounted, she believed.

More schools closed as cases surface

Seven schools in Gilgit district, four in Hunza, and seven in Skardu have been sealed for seven days by district health authorities after a number of teachers and students from these instituted emerged positive for the novel coronavirus disease. Three high-schools in Gujrat and a college of the University of Gujrat were also closed down for five days over disease prevalence.

Moreover, a private school in Islamabad’s H-8 was sealed for the same number of days after two new COVID-19 cases were detected from the educational institution. Six teachers in Charsadda and Karak in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa emerged positive – the infected teachers and their students have been sent into quarantine.