Sindh brings new Covid curbs

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KARACHI: Sindh notified new restrictions in schools on Thursday in line with the directives issued by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) the previous day.
“In pursuance of the decision of the NCOC meeting held on 19/01/2022 and with the approval of Competent Authority, keeping in the current rapid spread of COVID-19 Omicron critical condition, the following decisions have been made for strict compliance throughout the province in all public, private and allied intuitions of Sindh under the administration of this department,” read the notification issued by the provincial School Education and Literacy Department.
According to the curbs, classes for students under 12 will continue to remain open with stringent Covid protocols with 50 percent attendance on staggered days. Whereas, for students above 12, 100 percent attendance is permitted.
Vaccination of teenage students is declared mandatory (at least one dose) from February 1. “No exceptions other than medical reasons will be entertained,” it said.
Aggressive sentinel testing in educational institutions will be carried out for targeted closures in high disease prevalence education institutes, the notification said. -Agencies