Islamabad: Federal Minister of Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mahmood announced on Monday that education institutions will be closed until January 10 due to the coronavirus outbreak and winter holidays.
Shafqat Mahmood said at a press conference in Islamabad that educational institutions will be closed from November 26 to December 24 due to the surge in covid-19 cases. He said that during this period, teachers will conduct online teaching for the convenience of students.
The minister further informed that these institutions will be closed again from December 25th to January 10th for winter vacation.
Previously, due to the increase in coronavirus cases across the country, the Inter-provincial Conference of Ministers of Education recommended that educational institutions be closed for one month.
The meeting hosted by Shafqat Mahmood was held in Islamabad. During this period, the provincial governments unanimously proposed to close the institution from November 25 to December 24, and also suggested postponing the examination.
On the other hand, Pakistan reported 34 new coronavirus deaths in the past 24 hours, and the number of positive cases surged to 376,929. Today, the death toll across the country has jumped to 7,696.
According to data from the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), in the past 24 hours, 2,756 people have tested positive for COVID-19.
Sindh remains the worst-hit province by the pandemic in terms of cases followed by Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. Punjab has overtaken Sindh in most number of casualties.
Till now 163,329 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Sindh, 114,508 in Punjab, 44,599 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 16,810 in Balochistan, 27,018 in Islamabad, 6,123 in Azad Kashmir and 4,542 in Gilgit-Baltistan.
Furthermore 2,829 individuals have lost their lives to the epidemic in Punjab 2,861 in Sindh, 1,327 in KP, 161 in Balochistan, 279 in Islamabad, 144 in Azad Kashmir and 95 in GB.
Pakistan has so far conducted 5,216,955 coronavirus tests and 36,929 in the last 24 hours. 330,885 coronavirus patients have recovered in the country whereas 1,677 patients are in critical condition.