The Pakistani government has announced an extension of the closure of educational institutions in coronavirus hotspots, as the third wave of the pandemic continued its pace of spread across the country.
An inter-provincial meeting of ministers of education and health, held at the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) discussed the recent spike in the Covid-19 cases and decided that more educational institutions could be closed in high-risk areas.
On March 10, the government ordered closure of schools in the Covid-19 hotspots for two weeks from March 15. The meeting on Wednesday extended the closure "in the high-risk areas and specific districts" of the country until April 11.
"All educational institutions schools, colleges, universities, madrassas, academies in the 9 districts of Punjab will be closed till April 11," federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood told a press conference after holding the inter-provincial meeting.