KARACHI: The Sindh government has decided that schools will not be closed and the educational activities will continue in the province despite an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases.
The decision was taken in a meeting of the Provincial Task Force chaired by Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah at the CM House.
The chief minister had convened a meeting of the task force over the rising coronavirus cases across the province, especially Karachi, as the positivity ratio in the port city reached 35.30% in the last 24 hours.
According to reports, members of the COVID-19 body, the Sindh Health Department, and health experts attended the meeting to review the ongoing situation in the city.
During the meeting, the chief minister stated that officials who do not wear masks will face a fine. It was proposed to deduct one day’s wage from the pay of any government employee who does not wear a mask on the workplace.
Key decisions taken:
- Educational activities in the province will continue as usual.
- All hospitals, both public and private, will be surveyed for capacity and need.
- Wearing a mask in wedding halls, markets, and public places will be mandatory.
- Food will be distributed in boxes during the wedding ceremonies.
- Only vaccinated individuals will be allowed in the markets, with administration checking vaccination card records.
- Restaurants that do not comply with COVID-19 SOPs will face charges.
- Additionally, the meeting determined to intensify immunisation campaigns throughout the province and to carefully adhere to SOPs.