The announcement: PTI MPA and Health Minister of Punjab, Murad Raas posted an announcement citing the opening of schools in the Sialkot district. He mentioned how Sialkot now had a low infection rate of 3% and mentioned that Sialkot shall follow the schedule of districts without any restrictions. He also urged residents to follow ‘SOPs’.
The notice: The notice states that all public and private institutes listed in the region of Punjab with a positivity rate of 5% or higher shall remain closed, with a list comprising 24 districts. Sialkot was the only major omission.
Reaction and Criticism: His tweet received a strong reaction, especially from students on how his government is handling this situation. Some criticized the recurrent ‘opening and closing’ of educational institutes without any framework, while others were infuriated at the fact how the government is not paying any attention to the fact that the countrywide positivity is on the rise and the new strains from India are imminent.