BARA: A private school in Bara area of Khyber tribal district has been closed after emergence of 17 cases of coronavirus.

Local sources said 17 cases of coronavirus have surfaced in Qaim Gul Public School, situated in Bara Bazaar, after which the district administration has closed the school immediately for indefinite period.

On Tuesday, Assistant Commissioner Bara Nek Muhammad, Additional Assistant Commissioner Khalid Khan and Station House Officer (SHO) Malik Akbar Afridi visited the affected school and ordered its closure.

So many corona cases in a single school have created concerns among the parents and other people of the area about the safety of their children.

Closure of the Bara school came a day after three educational institutions were closed in Kurram tribal district after emergence of 48 coronavirus cases.

TNN correspondent reported that a meeting chaired by District Health Officer (DHO) Dr Attaullah at Civil Hospital Parachinar on Monday was held to devise strategy to stem the spread of coronavirus. Several important decisions were taken during the meeting which was attended by representatives of health and other departments besides media persons.

The closed educational institutions also include Benazir Degree College Parachinar. These educational institutions will remain closed till further orders. The affected students and staff have been directed to quarantine themselves and implement precautionary measures.

Dr Attaullah said people need to follow precautionary measures as second wave of coronavirus has already started and it many cause more damages than the earlier wave. They urged the people to fully cooperate with the Health Department in its efforts to control coronavirus.

On November 11, the Government Girls Degree College Sheikh Maltoon, Mardan was closed for seven days after seven students were diagnosed with coronavirus.

Deputy Commissioner Muhammad Abid Wazir told TNN that tests of teachers and students of Government Girls Degree College Sheikh Maltoon were conducted and seven tests came back as positive. The college has been closed for seven days, while the ongoing BS exam in the college will continue under strict standard operating procedures (SOPs).

On November 10, five students of a private college in Charsadda were diagnosed with coronavirus after which the college was closed for one week.