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Sindh task force decides to not close schools amid alarming surge in COVID-19 cases

KARACHI: Sindh authorities on Saturday have decided to not close educational institutions across the province amid an alarming surge in coronavirus cases.

According to details, Chief Minister of Sindh (CM) Murad Ali Shah presided over a meeting of the task force at CM House today and discussed the ongoing situation of COVID-19 in the metropolis.

During the session, the participants decided to make facemasks compulsory in a public place and allowed entry of only vaccinated people in the markets. The food should be served in boxes on wedding events, they directed.

Representatives of the COVID-19 body, the Sindh Health Department, and health experts attended the meeting.

The development came after the coronavirus positivity rate in the provincial capital of Sindh escalated to a record level of 35.30 per cent as the country faces the fifth wave of the deadly virus fueled by the omicron variant.

2846 cases of the coronavirus have been reported in the port city in the last 24 hours. So far, 430 people have tested positive for the omicron in the city.

Meanwhile, the positivity rate in Muzaffarabad was 11.9%, Rawalpindi 9.9%, Lahore 8.5%, Peshawar 5.4% and Hyderabad 5.1%.

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