NCOC rejects closure of schools


National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) has rejected any decision to close educational institutions after the fifth wave of coronavirus has hit the country.

A statement issued after the NCOC meeting said, “Decision about education institutions will be taken on data of positive cases of various institutions for which massive testing in educational institutions is being carried out.”

The NCOC discussed the epidemic curve chart data, national vaccine strategy and disease prevalence across the country and decided to implement new protocols in cities with a 10% and above positivity rate.

The session was chaired by Federal Minister for Planning Asad Umar and National Coordinator Maj General Muhammad Zafar Iqbal and attended by SAPM on Health Dr Faisal Sultan virtually. The provincial health and education ministers also joined the meeting virtually and informed about the steps being taken to implement non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) and COVID-19 SOPs in the wake of a spike in the coronavirus cases.

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