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Shafqat Mahmood says training ministers to debate coronavirus scenario on Monday



Shafqat Mahmood says education ministers to discuss coronavirus situation on Monday

An essential assembly will probably be held on Monday between provincial training ministers to debate the most recent coronavirus scenario within the nation, Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood stated on Saturday.

“As stated before, the health of our students is our number one priority,” he stated.

The information got here as 2,165 circumstances had been reported in Pakistan during the last 24 hours, with 17 folks dying from the virus.

The whole circumstances in Pakistan as of Saturday had been 354,461, with whole deaths at 7,109.

There are presently 24,938 energetic circumstances within the nation, of which 1,316 are stated by the nationwide dashboard to be crucial — with 97 on ventilators.

The announcement additionally comes within the backdrop of a suggestion by the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) for “early and extended winter vacations” as a result of rising positivity ratio being reported from academic institutes.

The apex physique tasked with dealing with the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic had introduced earlier that Mahmood will chair a particular session with provincial training ministers on November 16 the place the advice will probably be put ahead.

It additionally stated that the assembly of the ministers may even “assess and review the positivity ratio prevailing in educational institutions”.

The NCOC determined to place ahead the advice after Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar chaired a session of the physique that reviewed the “epidemic curve data and disease prevalence in the country including education sector”.

According to a press release, the NCOC was knowledgeable concerning the “increasing positivity ratio in educational institutions” and the necessity to cease the development. The physique additionally shared that it’s going to share with the provinces its suggestions, after “consultative discussions”, for “consequent decision and enforcement”.

“The forum, taking into account rising positivity ratio, suggested for an early and extended winter vacations to reduce impact of disease spread and ensure safety and health of students,” stated the NCOC assertion.

Education ministers resolve to maintain colleges open

In a gathering final week, Pakistan had determined to maintain the colleges open within the nation.

The assembly was presided by Mahmood and was attended by his provincial counterparts as nicely.

The choice was made unanimously by all provincial training ministers after well being ministry officers briefed the individuals of the net assembly on Pakistan’s coronavirus scenario.

The assembly had additionally dominated that there can be no winter holidays in Punjab, whereas a choice on whether or not there would minimal variety of winter holidays or none in any respect would rely on geography of the respective provinces.

The assembly’s individuals had agreed on the time that within the present scenario, there was no want to shut academic institutes. However, coronavirus has been spreading quickly since, with the variety of new circumstances rising sharply.

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