Medical college suspends activities after reporting eight coronavirus cases

Administration of Islamabad-based college says academic activities to resume on November 2


Zaigham Naqvi October 22, 2020
Millions of students in Pakistan returned to classes on last Tuesday after Covid-19 was contained in the country. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD:

Academic activities at the Fazaia Medical College Air University in Islamabad were suspended for over a week on Thursday after it reported eight cases of coronavirus.

According to a notification issued by the varsity's administration, the university will remain closed from October 22 to November 1. "Students in their final year of MBBS will stay home to avoid interacting with others to control the spread of the virus," the notification read.

The administration further instructed students to stay at home, strictly follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) and avoid roaming in public.

Routine academic activities will resume on November 2, and students will continue their training from when they stopped on October 21, the notification stated.

 

 

Earlier this week, Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar warned that the country would lose both lives and livelihoods if SOPs in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus continue to be violated by the people.

“We are collectively committing a blunder by recklessly ignoring all SOPs, [and] the results have started to show,” the minister tweeted.

Endorsing Umar's opinion, Federal Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari agreed that people were not following Covid-19 SOPs.


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