The authorities have closed 17 schools in GB for a span of 7 days after many teachers and students tested positive for the virus.
As per a notification, the education department has taken the decision of closing 7 schools in the Gilgit district, 4 in Hunza, and 7 in Skardu for a span of seven days.
According to the reports, the spokesperson for caretaker CM-Faizullah Faraq said that the reemergence of the coronavirus cases in Gilgit-Baltistan was alarming and that so far more than 90 students and teachers have been tested positive for the virus.
He also said that wearing facemasks, screening and social distancing protocols in classes were a must under the SOPs.
Many teachers and students have tested positive for COVID-19 throughout the region recently after the educational institutes were reopened.
It is pertinent to mention that the schools were reopened on the 15th of this month after like a closure of 6 months.
The government caretaker is trying to enforce the SOPs in the educational institutes. Mr. Faraq said that the officials of the district administration visit schools on a per-day basis to ensure and check on the implementation of the SOPs.
At the moment, 345 cases of the virus are under treatment in GB in the different hospitals and isolation centers. These include 68 teachers of the various schools, 36 tourists, and 241 locals.
On the condition of anonymity, it was indicated by a health expert that the SOPs were not being implemented properly and he criticized the government for not ensuring the proper imposition of the SOPs at markets, educational institutes, and at the public places.