ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad administration has announced the closure of all private and government educational institutions in the federal capital till April 11 due to a surge in Covid-19 cases.
According to a notification issued by the government on Sunday, all educational activities have been suspended in the federal capital including the postponement of examinations.
On Wednesday, amid a spike in Covid-19 infections, Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood announced that educational institutions will remain closed in virus hotspots of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Azad Kashmir till April 11.
Briefing the media after chairing a meeting of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) to take stock of the coronavirus situation, he said the provincial governments will decide whether to keep schools closed or open in light of the number of infections. “Board exams for class nine and above will be held as per schedule in May and June,” Mahmood cleared.
According to the data shared by the spokesperson of Punjab Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department (P&SHD), the number of coronavirus cases in the province reached 212,918 while death toll 6,227 and total recoveries 184,297.
Amid the increasing infections of the novel coronavirus, the Punjab government is considering a complete lockdown, while smart lockdowns have already been implemented in several areas of Lahore.
For the third day in a row, Pakistan reports over 4,000 coronavirus cases. Fifty-seven more people died from the virus while 4,767 more contracted the disease, according to figures obtained from the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC).