According to a notification issued to the federal and provincial governments, The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has issued fresh orders regarding the reopening of educational institutes in areas witnessing over 5% positivity ratio of COVID-19 cases.
As per to details, The NCOC ordered them to avoid reopening of educational institutes in higher COVID-19 positivity areas on May 24.
The NCOC said that “The concerned authorities should be issued directives in this regard by the provinces,” also clarified that schools, colleges, and universities will only be opened in areas reporting a positivity ratio of less than 5% as decided during a meeting on 19 and 21 May.
The letter conveyed to the governments reads that the educational institutes in higher positivity areas will remain close until June 06 and a meeting to review the decision and reopening of schools and colleges will be held on June 03.
According to a report, Overall 52 districts including federal and provincial capitals of Pakistan have been reporting over 5% of the coronavirus positivity ratio.
The province of Punjab is in the lead with 20 districts reporting over 5% positivity ratio, In Punjab, Lahore, DG Khan, Faisalabad, Gujrat, Multan, Lodhran, Rahim Yar Khan, Okara, Sargodha, and other districts have reported higher coronavirus positivity ratio.
Followed by 14 districts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Peshawar, Abbottabad, Buner, Charsadda, Dir, Mardan, Nowshera, Swat are among the key districts of the KP province that have reported a higher ratio of coronavirus cases.
12 in Sindh, All districts of Karachi, have witnessed over 5% positivity ratio, followed by Hyderabad, Badin, Dadu, Jamshoro, Shaheed Benazirabad, Sukkur and other districts.
4 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), and 1 in Balochistan.
The report further stated that the Federal City Islamabad has also reported a positivity ratio of over 5%, a benchmark set by the NCOC to be reviewed before lifting coronavirus-related restrictions.
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