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Friday, December 1, 2023

Is Sindh govt closing schools & imposing lockdown?

In a bid to curb the fast transmission of Omnicron, the Sindh government imposed new restrictions for the province. It also announced that schools will remain open and exams will be held as per schedule. However, reports are emerging which claim otherwise.

As fears of the new Covid variant Omicron rack up, the Sindh government is taking active measures to prevent transmission. Earlier, it announced a new wave of restrictions.

According to details, the Sindh government’s new restrictions will prevail from December 1 to December 15. Important to note, the restrictions do not call for a complete lockdown yet.

As per a notification issued by the Sindh Home Department, Karachi Division Sukkur and Sanghar come under the category of “good vaccination progress.” Meanwhile, the remaining cities/divisions fall under the “low vaccination progress” category.

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In the Sukkur and Sanghar cities and Karachi Division, permission has been granted for indoor gatherings of 500 individuals, and for outdoor gatherings of 1,000 fully vaccinated individuals.

Amusement parks and swimming pools will operate at 70pc occupancy in Karachi, Sukkur, and Sanghar and 50pc for the rest of the province.

Offices will follow routine timings with 100 percent attendance. However, the notification calls for full vaccination of all employees.

Moreover, the business will remain open from 8 am till 10 pm.

Educational institutes to close down?

Important to note, the education sector will follow 100% attendance with a focused campaign to vaccinate students above 12 years of age.

Earlier, Shafqat Mahmood, the Federal Minister for Education, also stated that the government will not shut down educational institutes.

“Schools will remain open and the examinations will be held as per schedule,” he said.

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Shafqat Mahmood reiterated the government’s commitment to raising Pakistan’s educational standard which suffered immensely due to the previous lockdowns.

However, according to unofficial reports, the Sindh government is planning to close down schools. As per sources, schools will close down from Monday i.e. 6th December till 15th January 2022.

It is unclear whether the Sindh government will announce the closure of schools, however, citizens have expressed concern regarding the new Covid variant which is even more contagious.