Pakistan on Friday reported 514,338 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus after the fresh inclusion of 2,417 infections in a single day.
According to the national dashboard on COVID-19, 45 more people succumbed to the disease taking national death tally to 10,863.
With 2,072 more recoveries in the past 24 hours, the total toll has risen to 469,306.
The active cases toll now stands at 34,169.
It is worth mentioning here that Education Ministers are meeting today again to discuss the reopening of schools keeping the coronavirus situation in view.
Federal Minister of Education Shafqat Mehmood in his tweet informed that the final decision will be on health grounds. Students’ well-being will always be a priority.
Mehmood had said that the government will make no compromise on children’s health and another meeting will be held to review the latest coronavirus situation in the country.
The federal government had earlier announced a phase-wise plan to reopen educational institutes from January 18 which were closed on November 26 to contain the spread of coronavirus.
Shafqat Mehmood’s remarks come as Pakistan battles a second wave of the coronavirus with cases constantly on the rise.
Meanwhile, Punjab’s Minister for Education Murad Raas, during a visit to a university in Lahore, said that the schools and other educational institutes in the province would be shut down immediately if the situation necessitates.
He said that when schools do reopen, they would operate on 50% student attendance.
The minister said that classes 9-10 would rejoin school from January 18, classes 1-8 from January 25, while universities would reopen from February 1.