KARACHI: Warning against the reopening of schools, Sindh Health Minister Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho has said that the positivity rate in Sindh has doubled in the last few days.
Talking to a private television channel on Thursday, Dr Pechuho said the coronavirus positivity rate “has increased from 1.5 percent to 3 percent” and that it is unwise to reopen schools in the current situation.
The statement from the health minister is important in the backdrop of reopening of middle schools in the province from September 28 which were earlier scheduled to resume classes from September 21.
The Sindh government had decided to postpone the reopening amid fears of a virus resurgence, however, classes from six to eight were resumed all over the country from September 23 after approval from the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC).
“A second wave of coronavirus has been predicted in the current situation,” Dr Azra Pechuho said, adding that she had reservations about reopening the educational institutes.
“Do not rush to open primary schools! Primary schools must be given at least one to one-and-a-half months to reopen,” the Sindh health minister warned.
“It would be right to send children to school only when the situation [related to the coronavirus pandemic] is clear,” she added. – TLTP