Medical University sealed in Islamabad due to positive COVID-19 cases

ISLAMABAD:The Islamabad administration after receiving reports of sixteen COVID-19 positive cases has sealed a private medical university campus in sector I-14 to ensure students safety and eliminate further spread of coronavirus pandemic.

The campus was sealed after reporting more than 16 COVID-19 positive cases through line list of National Institute of Health.

, said a notification issued by deputy commissioner officer on Tuesday.

The federal capital police cordon off the area and evacuated the students from the main campus and hostel.

A notification issued by DC in this regard said “after analysis of epidemiological trend by DC COVID Nerve Centre, Islamabad and in order to prevent community spread of the virus, the Riphah Medical College (Campus & Hostel premises), Islamabad is hereby sealed with immediate effect, in public interest & until further orders,” it added.

Meanwhile, with the reopening of educational institutes the assistant commissioners had started inspecting various schools to ensure the implementation of COVID-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs).

“All the schools will have to strictly follow the SOPs.

A strict disciplinary action will be taken against violators,” said, deputy commissioner, Hamza Shafqaat while talking to media. It was the utmost priority of the administration to secure the lives of children besides creating awareness that how they can stay safe against the deadly virus, the DC added.

The federal government had announced, last week, the reopening of educational institutes across the country from September 15 (today), ending a six-month closure propelled by the coronavirus pandemic. It was decided to reopen the some 300,000, school, colleges and universities in three phases in an attempt to avoid another wave of the virus.

The first phase started on Tuesday under which students in grade nine to 12 returned to the school.

The students in grade six to eight will come back to school on September 23 and if situation goes well the students in nursery to grade five will join the school on Sept. 30.