COVID-19 SOPs violation: Over 80 schools sealed in KP

PESHAWAR: As many as 81 schools in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) were sealed over violation of the standard operating procedures (SOPs) imposed to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

According to a report issued by the provincial department, 81 schools 78 governments and three private were sealed after found violating the SOPs.

Out of them, 62 schools were permitted to reopen after compliance with the standard operating procedures, while 19 government schools are still sealed.

The report highlighted that the COVID-19 testing ratio increased to 1.51pc from 1.12 in the last month of October.

earlier in the day, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) recommended early and extended winter vacations for students due to an increasing number of COVID-19 cases at educational institutions.

The special meeting at NCOC chaired by Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood where all provincial education ministers were attending.

Meanwhile, another 21 people have died in Pakistan due to the coronavirus and the total number of deaths has risen to 7,021.

According to figures released by the National Command and Operations Center, 1,708 new cases of coronavirus were reported in the country in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of affected people to 348,184.

In Pakistan, 320,065 people of coronavirus have recovered and 21,098 are undergoing treatment. The number of coronavirus patients in Punjab, 1,07,831. 41,069 cases have been reported in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 22,432 in Islamabad, 16,195 in Balochistan, 4,911 in Azad Kashmir, and 4,394 in Gilgit.

The National Command and Operations Center has made it mandatory to wear a mask to prevent coronavirus in Pakistan. Citizens must wear masks when leaving their homes. Masks will be required for those working in government and private sector offices.