All educational institutions in Pakistan to remain closed till May 31

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Asad Umar warns coronavirus can cause very serious effects

ISLAMABAD: Planning Minister Asad Umar has said that keeping in view the coronavirus outbreak, the educational institutions across Pakistan will remain closed till May 31, 2020.
Addressing a media briefing over the decisions taken in National Coordination Committee (NCC) in Islamabad on Thursday,Umar said that the government is following a set strategy to deal with the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
He added that the prime minister will soon make an announcement regarding economic aid to the deserving people.
Speaking on the occasion, Special Assistant on Health Zafar Mirza said that the number of active patients in Pakistan is 1,128. He said 21 patients have recovered and sent to homes.
Mirza maintained that 575 coronavirus patients are admitted in different hospitals.
He said medical supplies and equipment will be made available to paramedics working on the frontline of coronavirus by April 5.
He said 5,000 paramedics will be provided training during a month.
National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Chief Muhammad Afzal said that about 50,000 testing kits will arrive at the Karachi airport tomorrow. He added more equipment will also be delivered soon.
He said disinfection of areas, which are reporting more cases, will start from tomorrow. He further said that 100 pickups, each with 4-6 guns will deployed for the purpose.
Afzal said that China is sending a walk through testing machine to detect coronavirus which will arrive in Pakistan soon. “We have booked 42,000 rooms in different hotels for the purpose of quarantine.”
Briefing media, Religious Affairs Minister Noorul Haq Qadri said that the government has decided to restrict congregational prayers in mosques. He said congregations and prayers will continue to be held in mosques but in a limited capacity.
He said sick people and children are advised to offer prayers at home. He said that Ulema of all sects have agreed to follow the decision. However, Qadri failed to make it clear whether Friday congregation prayers will be held in mosques or not.
Regarding Saudi government’s instructions to not sign Hajj agreement, he mentioned that the religious affairs ministry will highlight the details soon.

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