PESHAWAR: Khyber Medical University (KMU), the top public sector medical university of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, has been closed after coronavirus cases of seven students came back as positive.

A spokesman for the university said the decision of closure of the university for two weeks has been taken for safety of students after emergence of coronavirus cases. He said six male and one female student have been diagnosed with coronavirus. The spokesman said the test results of 273 more students are awaited. He said the male and female hostels of the university have also been closed as precautionary measure.

The announcement of KMU closure came two days after the KP government closed five educational institutions after emergence of coronavirus cases in government and private schools. The educational institutions which were closed include four government schools and one private school.

KP Minister for Elementary and Secondary Education Shahram Khan Tarakai has directed all the teachers to ensure social distancing and observance of other standard operating procedures (SOPs) like handwashing, wearing of facemasks etc. in their schools. He said the schools violating the SOPs will be closed.

On September 29, coronavirus cases surfaced in three schools in Lakki Marwat where teachers and students were infected. Focal person for coronavirus said the coronavirus tests of the principal and a teacher of Government Higher Secondary School Tajazai came back as positive. A female teacher of Government Girls High School Baistkhel and a student from Government High School Ahmedkhel had also contracted coronavirus.

On September 26, two schools were sealed completely, while another school was closed partially in Hangu after coronavirus tests of some teachers and students came back as positive.

Deputy Commissioner Hangu Mansoor Arshid said one teacher, principal and three students of Government Higher Secondary School Block Ibrahimzai were diagnosed with coronavirus after which the school was closed immediately and the infected teachers and students were asked to quarantine themselves.

On September 17, 10 employees of a school in Nowshera were diagnosed with coronavirus.

A day earlier, seven teachers of a government school in Peshawar were diagnosed with coronavirus. The affected teachers belonged to the Government Higher Secondary School No. 1 Peshawar Cantt.