Rising cases of Covid-19 City schools to remain closed for a week



Staff Reporter

The Punjab government on Friday announced the closure of public and private schools in the provincial metropolis amid a surge in Covid-19 cases in the province.

The announcement was made by Punjab School Education Minister Murad Raas through his Twitter handle. He said that all public and private schools of Punjab would be closed from September 6th to September 11th, 2021 due to Covid-19 conditions.

“Please stay home and stay safe. Protect yourself and your families,” Murad Raas said.
It is pertinent to mention here that the educational institutes across Punjab province reopened after the summer vacation on August 02.

Punjab Education Minister Murad Raas had rejected extension in summer vacations in the wake of Covid-19 and announced the reopening of all public and private schools in the province from August 2.

The school staff and administrations were strictly advised to ensure the implementation of the Covid-19 related standard operating procedures (SOPs) to contain the Covid-19 Delta variant.

The entry of teachers and other staff was banned in the schools without a Covid-19 vaccination certificate, while only 50 percent of the students are allowed to attend the schools in a bid to ensure social distancing.

An inter-Provincial Education Ministers Conference that was chaired by Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood had decided to not extend the summer vacations of educational institutions and have been instructed to open from August 2, Monday.

Meanwhile, A nine-year-old child was attacked by a pet dog on her way back home from school in Iqbal Town area of the City here.

According to the child’s father, the animal bit her after which she was rushed to the hospital. He claimed that the suspect deliberately left his dog on her.

After an FIR was registered Friday, the police arrested the owner of the dog and sent him to jail. A case has been registered against him for leaving the dog unleashed.

In a similar incident in Karachi earlier this month, advocate Mirza Akhter Ali sustained critical injuries after two pet dogs attacked him. A case was filed against the owner after which he agreed to put down the animals.

A youth was crushed to death by train while crossing railway track here on Friday. According to details, a youth Waqas Ahmed, resident of Tube Well No-4, Sheikhupura, was crossing railway track near his residence when he was crushed to death under train.

The Rescue 1122 personnel shifted the body to hospital where it was handed over to heirs after legal formalities.

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