The National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) has decided to reconsider its decision to reopen the school due to a resurgence of coronavirus cases.
According to the state-run news agency APP, a meeting of the NCOC was held under the chairmanship of Federal Minister for Planning Asad Umar and National Coordinator of the National Command and Operations Center Lt Gen Hamood Uz Zaman Khan in which the provincial representatives participated through video link.
The meeting decided to review the end of the lockdown in the second week of April.
The NCOC will review ways to reopen schools on Tuesday, March 9, in light of the growing number of Corona cases.
The meeting also considered withdrawing the decision to reopen celebrations in cinemas, wedding halls and restaurants.
The meeting discussed the situation of increasing corona cases in the provinces and related measures, progress on vaccination and national vaccine strategy.
The NCOC reviewed the growing number of positive cases of corona across the country and directed the provincial administration to ensure strict implementation of safety measures at the grassroots level.
It may be recalled that on February 25, Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood had announced that from March 1, all schools would return to normal classes five days a week.
In his tweets on micro-blogging site Twitter, “Important announcement. All schools will go back to regular 5-day classes from Monday, March 1. Restrictions imposed in some major cities on schools to conduct staggered classes was only till Feb 28.”
Important announcement. All schools will go back to regular 5 day classes from Monday March 1. Restrictions imposed in some major cities on schools to conduct staggered classes was only till Feb 28.
— Shafqat Mahmood (@Shafqat_Mahmood) February 25, 2021
However, on March 5, Dr Faisal Sultan, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Health, said that coronavirus cases were on the rise again in the country.
In tweets on the social networking site, Dr Faisal Sultan said, “COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations in Pakistan are increasing once again. The decline seen over the past 2 months is clearly reversing as positivity has gone up from 3.31% to 4.16% within a week. We must remember that the pandemic is not over.”
“Save lives by following SOPs. Please avoid crowded places (esp indoor & if poorly ventilated), wear a mask and wash your hands frequently. If you are a healthcare worker (any age) get vaccinated now. For all others, if you’re above 60, send your CNIC (no spaces) to 1166 via SMS,” he said.
Save lives by following SOPs. Please avoid crowded places (esp indoor & if poorly ventilated), wear a mask and wash your hands frequently. If you are a healthcare worker (any age) get vaccinated now. For all others, if you're above 60, send your CNIC (no spaces) to 1166 via SMS
— Faisal Sultan (@fslsltn) March 5, 2021
It is to be noted that since the announcement of easing of restrictions on coronavirus by the NCOC, the number of coronavirus cases has increased by about 30% so far in the country.