In the last 24 hours, 752 new cases of novel coronavirus have been detected across the country, bringing the national number of infections to 304,386.
Nine more died of the highly contagious disease, bringing the death toll from the virus to 6,408, according to the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC).
A total of 33,865 samples were tested during the last 24 hours, of which 752 were positive. So far, 291,683 people have recovered from the infection as the number of active cases is 6,295. In the last 24 hours, at least 514 patients have recovered from the disease.
The number of cases of coronavirus worldwide has exceeded 30 million, according to figures released by Johns Hopkins University in the United States. The death toll from the virus has risen to 943,203, with 20.39 million recovered. The United States is the worst-affected country with more than 6.66 million infections, with more than 197,500 deaths.
In the last three days in Punjab, at least 34 students have tested positive for Quad-19. The Punjab Health Department has confirmed that 34 students have been diagnosed with the novel corona virus since the reopening of schools in the province. A spokesman for the Department of Primary and Secondary Health Care said that 24 students were tested positive in Kuwaid 19 in Gujranwala, seven in Nankana Sahib and one in Bhakkar. He said that two staff members in Lodhran and Bhakkar have also been diagnosed with the virus.
Sindh Education Minister Saeed Ghani announced on Friday that there would be a one-week delay in resuming school classes for students in grades six to eight, scheduled for Monday, as schools follow health guidelines on corona virus. Not fully implemented. He said the government was aware of the educational losses suffered by students due to the closure of schools, but stressed that no compromise could be made to compensate for the loss of learning to their health.
If classes were to resume on Monday (September 21st), Ghani said, they would be postponed again on September 28th if the situation with the virus improved. “But if the situation remains the same, we may reconsider the decision on September 28.”
Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood, however, said that work would be done as per the plan to reopen sixth, seventh and eighth grade schools across the country. He said that the timetable announced in the inter-provincial meeting of education ministers would be implemented. “We will meet at the National Command and Operations Center on the 22nd to take a decision at the end of the meeting, but if the current trend continues, there is no reason to postpone the inaugural session from 6 to 8 September,” he added. “
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Minister Shaukat Yousafzai on Friday signaled a reconsideration of the decision to reopen educational institutions if there was an increase in Code 19 cases. Yousafzai said in a statement that he could not endanger the lives of the students and that a unanimous decision would be taken for the educational institutions after the increase in the number of cases of cowardice. He said that it was decided to reopen the educational institutions in phases to see the rate of spread of Covid 19. We will take stern action against educational centers involved in violating the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
In the last 24 hours, 13 more educational institutions across the country have been closed due to non-compliance with health guidelines and protocols and the spread of diseases. The National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) said in a media release that the number of educational institutions closed due to non-compliance was 10 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and three in Sindh.
Dr. Faisal Sultan, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, visited various schools in the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) on Friday to discuss standard operating procedures related to protection under Code 19. OPs) can be inspected. During his visit to educational institutions, he also reviewed the arrangements made by the school and college administration to ensure compliance with government-issued SOPs on the corona virus. On the occasion, Dr Faisal Sultan said that the government has decided to closely monitor schools and colleges after the reopening of educational institutions in the country.
He said that the government has already taken effective measures as per its strategy to control COVID-19. He added that it was the government’s responsibility to protect school children from the corona virus.
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