Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar has on Tuesday said the decision to close schools was not an easy as students are suffering from major education loss.
Briefing about the ongoing Coronavirus situation alongside Dr. Faisal Sultan, Asad Umar said the Opposition is risking the lives of people through their large political gatherings despite spike in COVID-19 cases.
“We do not want a situation that affects employment and lives”, said the minister.
He further added that we have decided to begin the second phase of the Ehsaas Programme across the country.
The political leaders, setting up the huge gatherings for their party benefit, are conveying the message of irresponsibility to thousands of people, Umar added.
He reminded in his briefing that the situation can become more worst if we continue to violate the SOPs and consider the pandemic as something not serious.
We have reached at the point where 1750 people need oxygen in hospitals currently, added the minister.
Asad Umar further appealed the public to refrain from shaking hands, only greet verbally and wearing mask in mandatory.
However, regarding schools closure he said that the government will ensure a setup for homework so that students do not suffer their studies, whereas, schools with the facility of online classes will provide so, added Asad Umar.
Umar went on to add that indoor restaurant dining has been banned across the country to curb the spread of the novel Coronavirus.
Moreover, the National Coordination Committee (NCC) has ratified the ban on large gatherings, he added.
On the other hand, the provincial government of Punjab has on Monday directed public and private offices to ensure that the 50% works from home in order to curb the spread of Coronavirus pandemic.
According to a notification issued, the order from Punjab government comes into effect immediately and will remain applicable till January 31, 2021.
The decision came a few hours after Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood announced the closure of all educational institutions from November 26 to January 11.
“All ministers have mutually decided that to keep all educational institutions, including schools, colleges, universities, and tuition centres closed. However, online classes will continue from November 26 to December 24 after which winter break will start. Schools will reopen on January 11, 2021,” Shafqat Mahmood said.