City schools to remain ‘closed’ due to over 5pc positivity rate

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Staff Reporter

The Punjab government will keep the schools in the City shut as the coronavirus positivity rate in the city is more than five percent, the criteria set by the NCOC for opening educational institutions in any area.

A private TV channel quoting sources reported on Friday that Punjab Education Minister Dr Murad Raas has said that schools will remain closed in Lahore due to high number of Covid-19 cases.

Murad Raas further divulged that hectic consultations are underway regarding the opening of schools and the provincial government is trying to increase the rate of schools opening in districts where the coronavirus cases ratio is less than five percent.

Murad Raas, however, said that a final decision will be taken on Saturday (today) about the schools reopening.

It has been learnt that the Punjab education authorities are hoping that the rule set by the NCOC of five percent positivity ratio may be revised.

Earlier, Punjab Education Minister Dr Murad Raas said that he will update about the reopening of public and private schools in Punjab within 24 hours.

In a tweet, Murad Raas urged people to follow SOPs issued by the government in order to stem the coronavirus spread.

Earlier, National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Wednesday announced the opening of educational institutes from May 24 in all those districts where the positivity ratio of the coronavirus cases is less than five percent.

The decisions came in an NCOC session held under the chairmanship of Asad Umar and was co-chaired by Lt General Hamooduz Zaman Khan.