–237 new cases emerge in educational institutions of Balochistan
ISLAMABAD/QUETTA: With another 633 people across the country infected, including 237 reported in educational institutions of Balochistan, the number of active cases is now 7,015, said the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Monday.
According to the latest statistics, the disease claimed the lives of another four people over the last 24 hours and now the death toll from the highly contagious disease stands at 6,420.
Schools, colleges and universities across Pakistan reopened on last Tuesday, ending a nearly six-month-long closure due to coronavirus pandemic.
According to details shared by the education department, so far four universities of the province, including Agriculture and Watermarine, Engineering University Khuzdar, have been closed till September 26 after the surge in coronavirus cases.
The department, in its report, further stated that a college and 10 schools have also been closed after a rise in coronavirus cases. It may be noted that so far 35 educational institutions in Balochistan have been shut over failing to implement anti-coronavirus standard operating procedures (SOPs).
The other provinces are also seeing a rise in cases. As many as 51 students, three teachers and a staffer tested positive for the novel coronavirus in various schools in Punjab on Monday.
Talking to journalists, Punjab Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department Secretary Captain (r) Muhammad Usman confirmed the report, adding that nine classrooms of various educational institutions have been sealed for violation of SOPs.
He said that various teams of the health department had taken samples of 28,887 students. Of them, results of 6,168 students came out negative while 41 students were diagnosed with the virus, he added.
Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood said recently that the health of students is the government’s top priority. He said that the decision to reopen educational institutions across the country was taken with “great care”. “Any hasty decision to close [them] will destroy education,” he cautioned.
A total of 33,393 people across the country were tested during the last 24 hours. So far, more than 3 million tests have been conducted across the country. A total of 292,869 people have so far recovered from the virus. So far, 304,306 cases have been reported in the country. Sindh has reported 133,947 cases of the coronavirus, Punjab 98,428, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) 37,357, Balochistan 14,394, Islamabad 16,162, Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) 3,483, and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) has reported 2,533 cases.
Meanwhile, the global tally of coronavirus cases has reached 31,275,833. A total of 22,852,883 patients have recovered and 965,648 have died so far.
The US, the worst-hit country, has 7,005,683 cases. It is followed by India, which has 5,491,410 cases, Brazil has 4,544,629 and Russia has 1,109,595 confirmed cases. Pakistan at present stands at number 18 with 306,304 cases among the list of countries affected by the coronavirus disease.