Head of National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) Asad Umar on Tuesday has announced the reopening of government schools in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

While addressing a press conference, Asad Umar said that initially schools in five districts of Punjab and one district of KP are allowed to reopen.

The NCOC chairman announced that the NCOC had earlier placed strict restrictions on 24 districts throughout the country. Out of these, strict restrictions will only be imposed in six districts while the rest have been allowed relaxation.

However on Monday, NCOC also announced on Twitter that schools will not be closed again. “Education institutions in selected districts of Punjab, KP, and ICT are closed till 15th Sep”. The NCOC stated that the decision to review the imposed restrictions would be communicated through official channels — implying that people should not pay heed to social media reports.

Earlier this month, the NCOC had decided to extend special non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) till September 15 that were enforced till September 12 in 24 high disease-risk districts of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), and Islamabad. The decision to continue the restrictions were taken amid significant pressure on critical care, hospital admissions, and oxygen requirements.

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