Islamabad: The National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) decided on Tuesday to close primary and secondary schools in coronavirus hotspots across the country until April 28.
Addressing a press conference after the NCOC meeting, Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood said that the decision regarding resumption of classes from grade one to eight will be taken in another meeting that will be held on April 28.
He also announced that classes from ninth to 12th will be commenced from April 19. The examination of ninth and tenth classes will be held in the third week of May, he added.
Shafqat Mahmood further told that the universities in coronavirus-hit districts will hold online classes. The provinces will decide which areas are the most affected and where this will be implemented, he stated.
On March 24, the Federal Minister of Education and Vocational Training Shafqat Mehmood announced that all educational institutions in the 9 districts of Punjab would be closed until April 11, because the third coronavirus affected Pakistan, especially Punjab.
He emphasized in talking to media professionals after the NCOC meeting that the closure applies to all forms of educational institutions including universities and colleges.
The announcement is for Lahore, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Gujarat, Multan, Faisalabad, Sialkot, Sargodha and Sheikh Prah.
Earlier today, Pakistan reported 103 deaths from the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, and the number of positive cases surged to 696,184. The total number of deaths nationwide has jumped to 14,924.
According to the latest data from the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), 3,953 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.
In terms of death toll, Punjab is still the most affected province, followed by Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
So far, 6,675 people have been killed in the epidemic in Punjab, Sindh, 4,510, KP 2,469, Islamabad 584, Azad Kashmir, 372, Luchi province 211, and Luchi province 103.
In addition, in Sindh, there are 266.926 cases in Punjab, 235.569 cases in Punjab, 93.033 cases in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 62,211 cases in Islamabad, 19,855 cases in Balochistan, 13529 cases in Azad Kashmir and Gilgit -5,061 cases of Baltistein have been diagnosed with coronavirus.
Pakistan has so far conducted 10,493,362 coronavirus tests and 46,665 tests in the past 24 hours. The country has recovered 618,158 coronavirus patients, while 3,645 patients are in critical condition.