Covid-19 claims 42 more lives and 2,843 new infections Sindh decides against early closure of schools


Staff Reporter


The number of Coronavirus cases has been increasing consistently for the last few weeks. The country witnessed the highest single-day tally in four months yesterday, according to the data provided by the National Command and Operation Centre on Saturday NCOC).
The NCOC said that 2,843 more people were tested positive for the coronavirus during the last twenty-four hours, bringing the total number to 371,508. The country also reported 42 coronavirus deaths. This brings the country’s death toll to 7,603.
The number of Covid-19 patients in Sindh has reached 161,028, Punjab has recorded 113,457 cases, 43,730 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 26,177 in Islamabad and 16,699 cases have been recorded in Balochistan to date.
Meanwhile, Punjab health officials on Saturday reported 564 new cases of novel coronavirus in the province during the past 24 hours. According to a spokesperson of the Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department, 15 more people lost their lives due to Covid-19 in 24 hours.
Meanwhile, the Sindh Education Department on Saturday decided against the early closure of educational institutions in the province as the second wave of the pandemic sweeps across the country.
Chairing a meeting of the provincial education steering committee, members were informed by Education Minister Saeed Ghani of recommendations regarding early school closure.
The meeting also discussed the matter of winter breaks in schools. Ghani said no final decision was taken in the last meeting chaired by the federal minister of education.

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