Punjab Government on Wednesday announced its decision regarding closure of schools in Lahore amid the surging number of COVID-19 cases in the provincial capital. The decision has been made in light of the new guidelines set by the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), which state that cities with over 10% positivity ratio will undergo fresh set of restrictions in order to control the spread of the coronavirus disease, especially the new Omicron variant.
Punjab Education Minister Dr Murad Raas announced the new set of curbs, which will imposed on all public and private schools in Lahore. “In all Public & Private Schools, classes up to Grade 6 will be staggered (50% students each day) starting tomorrow January 20th through January 31st, 2022,” tweeted the Education Minister.
ANNOUNCEMENT— Murad Raas (@DrMuradPTI) January 19, 2022
Only in Lahore:
In all Public & Private Schools, classes up to Grade 6 will be staggered (50% students each day) starting tomorrow January 20th through January 31st, 2022. Classes 7 through 12 will remain on the previous schedule. Please follow COVID SOPs.
However, the Education Minister also confirmed that classes 7 through 12 will remain on the previous schedule and urged everyone to follow the COVID-19 SOPs by the Government. Furthermore, the NCOC guidelines state that COVID-19 vaccination will be mandatory for students above 12 years.
According to the latest NCOC data, Lahore is among the seven major cities with the highest positivity ratio of 15.15%. In the last 24 hours, Punjab has reported over 1000 infection as per the data provided by the Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department. The majority of these cases have been reported from Lahore.
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