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Pakistan to take call on reopening educational institutes as country registers 394 new COVID-19 cases

The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Sunday announced that total active Covid-19 cases in Pakistan had dropped to 6,269.

Published: 07th September 2020 12:36 PM  |   Last Updated: 07th September 2020 12:36 PM   |  A+A-

A health worker gets blood sample of a person during door-to-door testing and screening facility for the new coronavirus, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, June 15, 2020.

A health worker gets blood sample of a person during door-to-door testing and screening facility for the new coronavirus, in Islamabad, Pakistan. (File Photo | AP)

By Agencies

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's federal and provincial governments will on Monday take a final decision on the reopening of about 3,00,000 educational institutions across the country which have remained shut since the last six months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

"Though it is correct that over 6,000 active cases of the Covid-19 have been left in the country, the biggest challenge, which can trigger spike of virus, is just ahead as we are going to open educational institutions in 10 days," federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar said told Dawn news on Sunday.

He said the government took every high-risk event, such as Eid-ul-Adha and Muharram, as a challenge and tried to ensure implementation of the standard operating procedures (SOPs) to prevent Covid-19 spread.

"There are 50 million students, two million teachers and 300,000 educational institutions in the country. So we need to be extra vigilant to ensure implementation of SOPs.

"Representatives of the federal and the provincial government will sit together on Monday to decide about the course of action for reopening of schools," Umar added.

Meanwhile, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Sunday announced that total active Covid-19 cases in Pakistan had dropped to 6,269.

It claimed that only 85 ventilators, out of 1,912 allocated for Covid-19 patients, were in use and there was no patient on ventilator in Pakistan occupied Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan and Balochistan.

The NCOC claimed that so far 2.7 million tests had been conducted across the country.

Total number of COVID-19 infections in Pakistan rose to 298,903 after the country reported 394 new coronavirus cases on Monday with the death toll at 6,345.

The ministry said 286,016 people have recovered from the disease, while 534 people were in critical condition.

The ministry said 286,016 people have recovered from the disease, while 534 people were in critical condition.

The authorities have conducted 2,778,689 tests so far, including 20,980 in the last 24 hours.



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