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Will close educational institutions violating coronavirus SOPs: Minister

Shafqat Mehmood

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mahmood has said the government will close the educational institutions found violating the standard operating procedures (SOPs) devised to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Shafqat Mahmood, during his surprise visits to public sector educational institutions in Islamabad, said the decision to reopen the institutions was not an easy task. “The safety and well-being of students is the government’s top priority, he added.

He said, “I already recommended the division of classes into two sections as a precautionary measure against coronavirus in order to continue academic sessions and the classes should be continued into separate batches of students”.

He said Pakistan gave an outstanding response to the COVID-19 challenge in the education sector.

The minister further said that the authorities have also been directed to monitor the observation of standard operating procedures (SOPs) in public modes of transportation. Precaution is the only way to deal with this COVID-19 pandemic, he observed.

Schools and colleges across Pakistan reopened after remaining closed for more than six months due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.

According to the SOPs issued by the government, masks have been made mandatory for both teachers and students, while administrative staff has been directed to ensure the availability of sanitizers at the entry points.

Religious seminaries across the country have also reopened. Similarly, the vocational and technical institutions started functioning as well.

According to the government, the graph of coronavirus cases in Pakistan is constantly coming down but the threat is not over yet. One 153 deaths were reported in June but the graph has been falling sharply. 

The coronavirus has claimed six more lives in Pakistan and brought the total number of deaths from the virus to 6,389.

According to the latest figures released by the National Command and Operations Center, 404 new cases of coronavirus have been reported in the country, bringing the total number to 302,424.

In Pakistan, 290,261 coronavirus victims have recovered and the number of active cases has come down to 5,774. In the last 24 hours, 27,277 tests have been done on the virus and a total of 2,995,890 tests have been done on coronavirus across the country.

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