COVID-19: NCOC to review data before taking any decision on schools closure

COVID-19: NCOC to review data before taking any decision on schools closure

Islamabad (Web Desk): The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Monday decided to review data of positive COVID-19 cases in educational institutions before deciding on whether schools across the country will be closed or not as the fifth wave of the pandemic spreads at an alarming rate across the country.

According to details, a meeting of the NCOC chaired by Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar and also attended by Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health Dr Faisal Sultan held today.

Provincial Health and Education Ministers also joined the meeting virtually.

"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.

The meeting also discussed measures to contain the rising number of COVID-19 cases across Pakistan.

It had decided earlier that a ban will be imposed on the serving of snacks in buses and on commercial flights.

On the other hand, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 1,328,487 on Monday after 1,467 new cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.

According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 29,019 with 7 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.

Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 1,263,486 after another 302 virus recoveries were reported.