COVID-19: Sindh educational institutions to remain closed

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The Sindh government has decided to keep all educational institutions in the province shut until there is any improvement in the coronavirus situation. Image Credit: Pexels

Karachi: The Sindh government has decided to keep all educational institutions in the province shut until there is any improvement in the coronavirus situation.

The decision was reached as the provincial coronavirus Task Force met here on Saturday with Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah in chair.

The educational institutions were earlier scheduled to resume regular classroom teaching from May 24.

The Task Force directed Sindh Education Minister Saeed Ghani to ensure coronavirus vaccination of the teaching staff of the educational institutions on a preferential basis.

The Task Force also decided to continue with all the coronavirus lockdown restrictions for another two weeks keeping in view the prevailing situation of COVID-19 in Sindh.

All the recreational places and tourist destinations in the province will remain shut during this period. The jogging or walking tracks, however, will remain open during this time. The marriage halls will also remain closed.

The inter-city passenger transport is allowed to operate with 50 per cent passengers as the bus operators have to pay heavy fine if this order is violated.

All non-essential shops and departmental stores will remain open till 6 pm daily.

Home isolation

The meeting was informed that 213 people died in the province due to COVID-19 in the last 30 days. Out of these 213, 164 people were on ventilators in different hospitals, 42 were hospitalised without ventilators, while 26 patients died during home isolation.

The meeting was further briefed that at present coronavirus positivity ratio in the province was 8.8 per cent. There were 1232 coronavirus cases in Sindh on May 13 the day of Eid Al Fitr as the number of cases increased to 2136 on May 21.

The COVID-19 positivity ratio in Karachi has been 13.97 per cent during last seven days from May 15 to May 21.

Sindh CM said on the occasion that these statistics showed that the coronavirus cases had been on the rise in Sindh after Eid Al Fitr.