Islamabad shuts schools, bans all gatherings over Covid spike


ISLAMABAD – The district administration of the federal capital has once again tightened restrictions amid surge in Covid-19 cases.

Deputy Commissioner Hamza Shafqaat in a tweet said that measures have been taken keeping in view the increasing pressure on hospitals and control the spread of the infection.

He announced that schools, inter-city transportation and indoor gyms will remain closed from September 4 to 12.

The deputy commissioner said that there will also be a ban on all indoor and outdoor gatherings during the same period.

Earlier in the day, Punjab Education Minister Murad Raas has stated on Twitter that the provincial government has decided to shut schools for six days starting Monday owing to the increasing COVID-19 situation.

“All Public & Private Schools of Punjab to be closed from September 6th to September 11th, 2021 due to COVID 19 conditions,” the minister tweeted.

Murad Raas emphasized the need of following COVID-19 SOP. “Please stay home and stay safe. Protect yourself and your families.”

Pakistan’s COVID-19 graph has been exhibiting a downward trend this week, with the country registering fewer than 4,000 daily infections.

The South Asian country added 3,787 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases to 1,171,578, according to statistics from the National Command and Operation Centre on Friday morning.

For the last three days, the number of active COVID-19 cases has also been decreasing. The number of active cases dropped to 90,076 on Friday.

The positivity rate was recorded at 6.33%.

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