On Thursday, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) said that they have shut down 22 educational institutions across the country in the last 48 hours for not keeping up with the standard operating procedures that were to be strictly followed in order to curb the Coronavirus spread.
As per the reports, 16 out of these 22 educational institutions were in Khyber Pakhtun Khuwa, 5 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and 1 in Islamabad.
Whereas, IBA Karachi has suspended academic activities for two days at both of its campuses.
While disproving all the media reports that claimed that the university had been shut down after two students tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the Head of Marketing and Communications of Karachi IBA, HarisTohid said that only academic activities have been paused whereas the varsity is still open.
When asked about how many positive cases have been reported so far, he refused to comment saying they are still suspecting a certain number but it would be hugely irresponsible to say anything at this point.
Guiding further about the condition at the university, he said that the administration has been conducting tests for Covid-19 since September 14 in collaboration with the District Health Officer and that they are in the process of finding how to further operate things which will include more testing facilities and ensuring that the SOPs are strongly complied with to beat corona virus while making sure that the students’ and faculty’s health is at its best.
Finishing himself, he said that a detailed press conference will soon be scheduled.
Apart from this, three colleges have also been closed down in the district of Hyderabad. These colleges were shut down on Thursday after numerous students and teaching faculty were tested positive for the virus.
In Matiari district, a total of eight cases were reported at two colleges as confirmed by district health officer Dr Yar Muhammad. The two colleges were namely Government College Maula Saeedabad and Government Girls’ Degree College Matiari. Taking immediate action, Matiari Deputy Commissioner Ghulam Hyder Chandio ordered the district administration to seal the two colleges. Chandio said that the colleges will be disinfected before they are opened again while the faculty has been advised to quarantine at home.
Meanwhile, in Jamshoro, Government Degree Boys’ College Bhan Saeedabad was sealed on Thursday as per the direction from Deputy Commissioner Farid Mustafa on reports of 18 positive cases among staff.
Furthermore, six more cases were reported at Army Public School Sehwan while five more were reported at Government Girls’ High School Sehwan, both in Jamshoro district.
Acting immediately, the college was sealed at the spot, however, the two schools are being disinfected by health workers.