The Punjab Health Department has proposed the closure of educational institutions across the province to tackle of rising cases during the fourth wave of coronavirus.
According to a private TV channel quoting sources, the Health Department has forwarded the proposal to the Punjab Apex Committee meeting held with Chief Minister Usman Buzdar in the chair.
According to the sources, the Health Department called for a review of the decision regarding opening of the educational institutions.
The Department was of the view that the fourth wave is surging amid increasing cases of Indian Delta variant which poses a potential threat to the lives of the children. According to the latest NCOC statistics, the coronavirus claimed 31 more lives while 1,099 new cases were reported in the province during the last 24 hours (Friday).
According to data shared by the spokesperson for the Punjab Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department (P&SHD) in Lahore on Saturday, the death toll in the province has soared to 11,170 and the number of total cases stood at 362,557 whereas 334,807 patients had been recovered so far.
As per data provided by the P&SHD, currently 16,580 patients are under treatment in different hospitals and 208 have been recovered.
The Health Department conducted 20,413 tests for the Covid-19 during the last 24 hours whereas the total number of tests stood at 6.29 million.
Meanwhile, during the last 24 hours 555,720 citizens had been vaccinated in 662 centres and a total number of vaccinated people reached 19,478,127 in the province.