All public and private educational institutions of Sindh closed till March 13

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The private coaching and tuition centers have also been directed to suspend classes; College education Department issues notification closing all public and private colleges of province

CM Murad decides closure to complete the isolation period of suspected patients of coronavirus; 738 Pilgrims from Iran so far arrived in Karachi, 13000 still at Taftan

Karachi: Sindh Chief Ministers Syed Murad Ali Shah presiding over 4rth Task Force meeting on Coronavirus here on Sunday at CM House decided to keep the schools closed till March 13 so that the isolation period of the suspects could be completed.

The taskforce meeting was attended by Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah, provincial ministers Dr. Azra Pechuho, Saeed Ghani, Nasir Shah, Advisor Law Murtaza Wahab, Commissioner Karachi Iftikhar Shahlwani, Secretary Finance Hassan Naqvi, Secretary Health Zahid Abbasi, representatives of airport services, Civil Aviation Authority, FIA, DG Health Services, Dr. Bari of Indus Hospital, Dr. Faisal of Aga Khan Hospital and other concerned.

The chief minister in consultation with the Taskforce members, particularly the doctors decided to keep the educational institutions closed till March 13. “This closure will help the suspects keep in isolation to complete their quarantine period,” he said.

Murad Shah also directed all the coaching centers and tuition centers to suspend their classes till March 13. The College Education Department, following the directives of Chief Minister, has notified the closure of public and private colleges of the entire province till March 13.

The meeting was told that six suspects belonging to Khairpur, Jacobabad, Tando Jam and Karachi South have been kept in quarantine. Their samples have also been sent for testing. Out of six samples sent for test one result has been received which is negative while fives results were awaited.

The meeting was told that 738 passengers have arrived in the city at Jinnah Terminal since Jan 15, 2020. The figures received from Tafftan reveal that 13,098 passengers have reached from Iran. The chief minister directed all the agencies, including FIA and health department to keep close coordination with the concerned officers working at Tafftan border so that they keep sharing day to day data of the passengers arriving there.

Shah said that the data must contain name of the passenger, date of arrival, district, taluka and complete address, CNIC number, mobile number etc. so that they could be tracked accordingly.

The meeting was told that the airport authorities have started enforcing all effective screening measures so that no active case could be able to enter into Karachi. The chair also directed Commissioner Karachi to visit Karachi Airport randomly.

The chief minister was told that the Minister Local Government, Mayor Karachi, Commissioner Karachi and other concerned people visited airport last night and found that best screening arrangements were made there.

The chief minister in his message to the people of Sindh said that there was no need to be worried of. “The measures we are taking such as closing of educational institutions, tracking the passengers and coordinating with the families of the pilgrims are purely for the safety of our people,” he said and urged them [people] to cooperate with the government so that we could keep this province and the country safe and secure from further intrusion of the coronavirus. He added that whatever cases have been diagnosed, are being contained.

The chief minister directed the health department to share the details/data with the deputy commissioners so that they not only remain updated but keep following the pilgrims and their family members at their addresses for necessary guidance. (PR)

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