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A girl receives a dose of COVID-19 vaccine in Karachi. Image Credit: REUTERS

Karachi: As the COVID-19 positivity ratio spiked in Karachi to an alarming level of 35 per cent, schools have been warned to get their students of age 12 years and above, vaccinated or the institutions would be sealed.

A meeting held with Karachi’s Commissioner, Muhammad Iqbal Memon, also decided to limit guests at marriages in the city to 1,000 people and also to ensure that the participants at ceremonies wear masks.

Also, instead of the traditional buffet arrangements, tiffin boxes will be used to serve food to guests at wedding ceremonies.

Teams involving personnel of Sindh Police and para-military, Sindh Rangers, will be constituted under the assistant commissioners posted in Karachi’s various areas to ensure that the marriage venues fully comply with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) against the spread of infections.

Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Murad Ali Shah, later on, Saturday, chaired a meeting of provincial coronavirus task force, which decided that the educational institutions would remain open in the province.

Government officials will face a fine and lose a day’s salary if they don’t wear masks during duty hours.

People should wear face masks at all public places including markets. Only vaccinated people will be allowed to enter the markets.

The relevant authorities will monitor the operations of restaurants.