ISLAMABAD(KARACHI), 13 July: As coronavirus cases continue to rise in the province, with the positivity ratio exceeding 14% in Karachi alone on Monday, the Sindh Health Department has suggested that primary schools should be shut down in the province to contain further spread of the virus.
The suggestion was put forward during a coronavirus review meeting chaired by Sindh Chief Secretary Mumtaz Ali Shah.
During the meeting, several other suggestions were made by the health department to contain the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the province due to the rampant violations of the government’s mandated coronavirus standard operating procedures (SOPs).
The chief secretary said that if violations of the SOPs continue, then marriage halls, restaurants, and cattle markets should be sealed. He suggested that smart lockdowns should be imposed in areas where the ratio of coronavirus positive cases are high.
Suggestions related to a ban on indoor dining, shutting down primary schools, and keeping businesses closed twice a week were also given during the meeting.
Shah further said that the proposals of the Sindh Health Department would be presented in the meeting of the coronavirus task force headed by the Sindh chief minister.
He also directed all commissioners and deputy commissioners to complete the vaccination target in the province.
Coronavirus positivity ratio exceeds 14% in Karachi
In Karachi, 5,967 tests were conducted in 24 hours out of which 870 people were confirmed to be infected with the novel coronavirus, thus bringing the coronavirus positivity ratio to 14.58%.
The Sindh government imposed Section 144 outside exam centres, giving power to Station House Officers (SHOs) to register complaints and take actions against those who violate the law.
The step was taken after physics and mathematics matric papers were leaked in Karachi on Tuesday and Wednesday, triggering an outcry and putting the mechanism to keep cheating in check, under more scrutiny.