Schools in areas with high COVID positivity to be closed for one week: NCOC

Decision on schools’ closure only after checking positivity rates: NCOC

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ISLAMABAD: Uncertainty prevails among parents and students as the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) did not make a decision on whether to close schools across the country after a meeting on Monday, said various agencies that will look at positivity rate data first.

Amid the rapid increase in COVID-19 infections, the NCOC has convened a meeting of provincial health and education ministers today to make decisions on coronavirus restrictions, including school closures.

“Decision about education institutions will be taken on data of positive cases of various institutions for which massive testing in education institutions is being carried out,” the NCOC said in a brief statement issued after the meeting concluded.

Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar and National Coordinator Maj General Muhammad Zafar Iqbal chaired the NCOC session, while Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr Faisal Sultan attended it virtually.

The provincial health and education ministers also participated virtually and briefed the NCOC on steps taken to implement non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) and COVID-19 SOPs following a surge in coronavirus cases.

Conference attendees also discussed global and regional trends in Omicron variants, the statement said.

Meeting participants discussed a new set of NPIs, taking into account the prevalence of the disease, and subsequently decided to implement NPIs by provinces within 48 hours after consultation with all stakeholders, the statement said.

The provincial health and education ministers also participated virtually and briefed the NCOC on steps taken to implement non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) and COVID-19 SOPs following a surge in coronavirus cases.

Conference attendees also discussed global and regional trends in Omicron variants, the statement said.

Meeting participants discussed a new set of NPIs, taking into account the prevalence of the disease, and subsequently decided to implement NPIs by provinces within 48 hours after consultation with all stakeholders, the statement said.

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