Balochistan witnesses another spike in coronavirus cases

QUETTA: Balochistan has raised concerns regarding a second wave of coronavirus as the province is witnessing another spike in the cases.

Over 1,000 people have been infected with the COVID-19, since the last week of August, bringing the total in the province to 14,607 on 23rd September and the death count to 145.

Separately, close to two dozen educational institutes in the province have reported outbreaks so far since 15th September, when Pakistan decided to reopen some schools and colleges.

At least 334 people have so far tested positive for the virus at education institutes in the province. In response, the Balochistan government has closed down 21 schools, one college, and two universities.

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According to a World Health Organisation (WHO) report, Quetta, reported a positivity rate of 9.4 percent on September 20, which was higher than any major city or district in the country. The WHO recommends a positive rate of below 5 percent for two weeks before governments can consider lifting restrictions.

In order to stem the rise in cases, Chief Minister Balochistan Jam Kamal Khan has directed health authorities to submit recommendations to him this week, including whether another smart lockdown needs to be imposed in the province.


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