CHARSADDA: Five students of a private college in Charsadda have contracted coronavirus after which the college has been closed for one week.

The infected students had participated in a sports gala of private colleges few days ago. It has created concerns among other students who attended the event.

The samples of students of Galaxy Model College, Mardan Road, Charsadda, were taken and five tests came back as positive. Sources said that despite the fact that corona-like symptoms appeared in some students, many students still participated in different sports events at the gala at the Abdul Wali Khan University Sports Complex. Now it is feared that the virus might have spread to the students of other colleges as well.

The second wave of coronavirus has already started in Pakistan and the places of public gatherings, particularly the educational institutions, are considered more vulnerable. From mid-September till November 08, more than a thousand coronavirus cases have been reported in the educational institutions in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

According to a summary of the KP Health Department, as many as 90,274 tests were carried out in educational institutions during this period and 1,250 test results came back as positive. Results of 7,820 tests are awaited.

According to latest data of the KP Health Department, 226 new cases were confirmed during the last 24 hours, taking the total to 41,069. Four new deaths were reported in last 24 hours keeping the total at 1,294. 174 more patients have recovered taking the total tally to 38,342. Active corona cases in KP are 1,433.

Overall in Pakistan, 1,708 more people tested positive for COVID-19 and 21 more died during the last 24 hours. According to latest official figures, 320,065 people have so far recovered from the disease and active cases are 21,098.

Due to dangerous situation, the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) has called for banning large public gatherings and enhancing restrictions in high risk areas due to COVID-19 resurge.

The NCOC meeting chaired by Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar in Islamabad on Wednesday. The NCOC decided that only outdoor marriages with upper limit of 500 people will be allowed from November 20.