ISLAMABAD : Inter-Provincial Education Ministers Conference (IPEMC) has decided not to close educational institutions under current situation of the novel coronavirus pandemic in the country. As per details, the conference chaired by Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mehmood deliberated on three point agenda including winter vacations, shifting academic year from April to August and board examinations of grade eight. Officials of health ministry briefed the meeting which was attended by education ministers and other high level officials of all provinces via video link.
On the other hand, Pakistan has reported highest coronavirus deaths in 3 months as the number of positive cases has surged to 338,875. The nationwide tally of fatalities has jumped to 6,893. According to the latest figures by the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) 1,302 persons have been tested positive for COVID-19 in 24 hours.
Sindh remains the worst-hit province by the pandemic in terms of cases followed by Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Islamabad. Till now 147,787 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Sindh, 105,535 in Punjab, 40,022 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 20,694 in Islamabad, 16,026 in Balochistan, 4,491 in Azad Kashmir and 4,320 in Gilgit-Baltistan. NNI