ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has reported 4,340 fresh cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, pushing the countrywide tally of cases to 1,328,487. According to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), a total of 49,809 samples were tested, out of which 4,340 turned out to be positive, showing the positivity rate of 8.71 per cent as compared to yesterday’s 7.8 per cent.

The National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) is likely to reach a decision regarding the closure of schools, a preventive measure amid the dangerous rise in COVID-19 infections, after reviewing the existing coronavirus situation in the country in a meeting today (Monday). The forum had convened a meeting and invited the federal and provincial health and education ministers to suggest a new set of guidelines to deal with the worsening coronavirus situation in the country over the weekend.

A new set of SOPs is to be put forth in today’s meeting, with its focus on schools and the education sector as a whole, public gatherings, marriage ceremonies, indoor/outdoor dining, and the transport sector. The meeting will discuss ways and means to prevent the spread of coronavirus in schools, colleges, and universities.

The decision to extensively engage with provinces, especially with the Sindh government, was made in the last NCOC meeting on Saturday for necessary measures to tackle the rising coronavirus numbers.


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