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Islamabad Shuts Down Educational Institutes Over Coronavirus Fears

Islamabad on Monday closed down a university and a college after new coronavirus infections were reported in the Pakistani capital.

“In order to prevent community spread of virus, the campus and hostel of National University of Modern Languages (NUML) are hereby sealed with immediate effect in larger public interest and until; further orders,” a statement by the Islamabad administration said following reports of two positive cases.

In a separate handout, it also announced the closure of the Pak Turk Maarif International School & College, adding that a “case/cases of COVID-19 have been reported” from the premises.
The statement added that orders had been issued to “disinfect the properties” based on the Ministry of National Health Services’ guidelines.

“Furthermore, COVID-19 testing of all the exposed staff/students must be performed, and adherence to SOPs must be ensured,” it said.

University and college students went back to school on Sept. 15 after the educational institutions were allowed to reopen across the country in the first phase of the program.

While Grade 6 to 8 pupils resumed classes a week later on Sept. 23, primary school students are expected to return on Sept. 30.

The reopening of schools and universities follows a seven-month closure due to a nationwide lockdown in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Pakistan has seen a spike in infection rate after a steady decline between June and late August.

Nearly 566 people have tested positive for the disease in the past 24 hours, adding to the national caseload of 310,841 infections since March, with 6,466 deaths reported.

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