Health experts have termed the Government of Punjab’s decision to reopen educational institutions from next week ‘a decision made in haste’.
They have reminded the government that the educational institutions had been reopened in three phases last September, and prior to that, there had not been more than 50 cases of coronavirus reported in the twin cities for at least five weeks.
They further said that the educational institutions had resumed activities at all levels in October 2020 when 140 cases had been reported from the twin cities after three months.
Following this, the country had been plagued by a much severe second wave of the coronavirus in November 2020, in which over 420 cases had been reported in Islamabad and Rawalpindi.
They warned that the current situation is much worse than it had been in October 2020 when a total of 3,833 coronavirus patients had been registered from the twin cities. Meanwhile, 8,315 new cases were registered from the region in May 2021. Despite these figures, the government has decided to resume educational activities in a week’s time.
The experts have asked the government to reconsider its decision about the reopening of educational institutions as the pandemic is still rampant and the situation might worsen if individuals do not comply with the coronavirus SOPs and do not get themselves inoculated.