Six more educational establishments sealed as positivity rate rises in capital

Students line up to get tested for Covid-19 at the Islamabad Model School for Girls, G-10/1, on Monday. A number of educational institutions in the capital have been closed after the outbreak of coronavirus cases. — Photo by Mohammad Asim

• Islamabad reports 412, Rawalpindi 95 new cases with two deaths
• Infection rate in both districts exceeds 10%

ISLAMABAD: Six more schools and colleges were sealed in the capital on Monday after 16 students and staff were found to be infected with Covid-19.

Additionally, the positivity rate rose to 10.72% from 7% on Sunday.

Administration officials in the capital said the number of educational institutions closed in the past 48 hours had risen to eight.

Officials said three cases each were detected at Islamabad Model School for Girls (IV) Shakrial, Islamabad Model College for Boys, G-10/4, Islamabad Model College for Girls (PG), F-7/4 and Islamabad Model College. for Girls Model Town, Humak, while two cases each were found at Islamabad Model College for Boys (VI-X), I-9/4 and Islamabad Model College for Girls, G-6/2.

Earlier, the district administration closed Islamabad Model College for Girls, F-6/2, and Islamabad Model College for Girls, G-6/1-4, after three cases of coronavirus were detected each in their local.

Facilities will remain closed until further notice from the district health unit.

Disinfection activities in accordance with guidelines issued by the Department of National Health Services would be carried out on the premises. In addition, the contacts of the positive cases have been traced.

Students and staff infected with the virus have been asked to self-isolate at home for two weeks.

Meanwhile, 412 people tested positive for coronavirus on Monday compared to 366 the day before.

The two colleges that were sealed after students and staff were found to be infected with Covid-19. – White Star

In the last 24 hours, 3,843 tests were carried out among contacts of confirmed cases and suspects, among which the results of 240 men and 172 women came back positive, with the infection rate recorded at 10.72%.

Officials said 128 cases were reported in the age group of 20-29, 111-30-39, 47-40-49, 42-50-59, 29-0-9, 26 to 60 to 69 years old, 19 to 10 years old. 19, eight in 70-79 and two in 80 and over.

Similarly, 29 cases were reported from Loi Bher, 24 from F-11, 20 from G-11, 19 from F-10, 13 each from Rawat, I-8 and G-9, 12 from I-9, 11 each of G-10, F-8 and G-8, nine of E-11, eight of G-6 and F-7, seven each of G-13 and D-12, six of Koral, five each of F- 6, I-10 and G-15, four from Sihala, three from Chak Shahzad, Tarlai, Khanna, Kurri and B-17, two from Sohan, G-14, F-15 and I-8 and one from Bhara Kahu, G-5, Alipur, E-7, Rawal Town, H-8, Phulgran, Kirpa, E-8 and G-12.

The number of confirmed cases in the capital has reached 111,376, with 108,106 patients cured and 969 breathing their last breaths.

There were 2,301 active cases in the capital on Monday, including 63 in hospitals.

On the other hand, the capital’s police have made the wearing of masks compulsory for its officials and officers.

A circular issued by the Office of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) stated: “As a result of the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, all ICT Police officers/officials are directed to wear protective appropriate masks with immediate effect.”

APP ADDS: As many as 95 people have tested positive in Rawalpindi, taking the number of cases to 40,375 in the district while two patients have lost their battle with the virus.

In the last 24 hours, 938 samples were taken of which 843 were declared negative while the positivity rate remained at 10.12 pc.

According to data released by the District Health Authority, out of the total number of infected cases, 37,312 were from Rawalpindi and 3,063 from other districts. Of the new patients, 38 were from Rawalpindi cantonment, 21 from Rawal town, 19 from Potohar town, six from Gujar Khan, Taxila, two from Kotli Sattian and one from Azad Kashmir, Kahuta and Abbottabad.

“Currently, 39 patients are admitted to six health facilities – 14 at Fauji Foundation Hospital, 10 at Rawalpindi Institute of Urology, nine at Benazir Bhutto Hospital, three at Holy Family Hospital, two at Attock Hospital and one at District Headquarters Hospital.

Four patients were on ventilators, 11 stable and 24 on oxygen support.

So far, 4,767,863 people, including 44,567 health workers, have been vaccinated against the virus.

Posted in Dawn, January 18, 2022