Sindh closes schools for grade1 to 8 classes from Friday

Federal Cabinet alerted about the rise in Indian Delta cases in Pakistan

By: News Desk      Published: 01:25 PM, 14 Jul, 2021
Sindh closes schools for grade1 to 8 classes from Friday
Sindh CM Murad Ali Shah chairing the Corona Task Force meeting.

Sindh Corona Action Task Force has decided to close schools for grade 1st to grade 8th students from coming Friday (July 16), reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Wednesday.  

Sindh CM Murad Ali Shah chaired the meeting of the task force and took important decisions to stem the spread of coronavirus.

The Sindh government has decided to close down schools and imposed a ban on indoor dining, among other measures as coronavirus cases surge in the province amid fears of the fourth wave.

Schools for classes from Grade I to VIII will be closed from Friday (July 16) while students from class 9 and above will also stay at home. However, schools will remain open for exams of classes 9 and above. 

During the meeting, the chief minister expressed concern on the worsening situation of Covid-19 in Sindh, where the positivity ratio has increased sharply during the past few days.

The Sindh Task Force also decided to close indoor dining from Thursday night. The Sindh Anti-Corona Task Force also ordered the closure of amusement parks, water parks, Seaview, Hawk's Bay, Keenjhar Lake, cinemas, all indoor gyms and indoor games from July 16 (Friday).

In a tweet, Sindh government Spokesperson Murtaza Wahab said: “CM Sindh is presiding over a meeting of Administration to oversee the preparation regarding arrangements pertaining to rainfall in the province.”

He also said that CM Sindh presided over a meeting of the Provincial Task Force to assess the situation of COVID-19 as the number of cases has sharply increased because people have failed to follow SOPs which may compel the Govt to take stricter decisions regarding closure.

Delta cases on the rise 

NCOC Head and Federal Planning Minister Asad Umar has said that the cases from Indian coronavirus mutant Delta were on the rise in Pakistan. He briefed the federal cabinet that the Delta positivity ratio among new coronavirus cases has shot up to 15 to 20 percent and warned it is a serious and worrisome situation.  

Asad Umar also briefed the cabinet members that SOPs implementation are also not being followed largely.

Reporter Awais Kiyani