Sindh might close schools if the coronavirus infections in the province witness an increase. The announcement came a day after all of the educational institutions in the province reopened.

During a press conference on February 1, Sindh Education Minister Saeed Ghani said all educational institutions reopened, while some unprepared schools remained close.

“Parents who do not want to send their children to schools can refrain from it. Also, the administration can’t ensure SOPs’ implementation; the parents should play their part in it as well,” the education minister said.

Moreover, the Ghani said that 50% attendance was permitted in the schools in a bid to keep the virus at bay, adding that the government had conducted COVID-19 testing in schools and colleges.

Until now, the positivity rate in colleges is 1.9%, while in schools it stands at 5.9%, Saeed Ghani said.

He also highlighted that four colleges had been shut after several COVID-19 cases were reported there.

Moreover, Pakistan has recorded 63 deaths due to the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours taking the national fatality toll to 11,746.

According to the latest statistics by the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), 1,220 more people got infected in the past 24 with around 547,648 confirmed cases.

In the past 24 hours, as many as 1,285 patients have recovered from the virus in a day and 1,881 patients are still in critical condition.

The total count of active cases is 33,365 and the positivity ratio recorded at 3.14 per cent.


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