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Shafqat Mahmood Calls Emergency Meeting to Decide on School Closure

The Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training, Shafqat Mahmood, has convened a key meeting of the Inter-Provincial Education Ministers (IPEMC) on Thursday, 13 January.

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According to media reports, the session has been called for a review of the situation of educational institutions amid the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the country. It is expected to result in important decisions regarding the closure of schools.

The positivity ratio is rising rapidly as the fifth wave of the pandemic in the country. According to the latest figures from the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), Pakistan has reported 2,074 new cases and 13 COVID-related deaths during the last 24 hours.

With these numbers, the nationwide caseload has surged to 1,309,248, while the death toll has jumped to 28,987.

Punjab remains the worst-hit province in terms of deaths, followed by Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Until now, Pakistan’s largest province (in terms of population) has reported 13,083 deaths. Sindh follows with 7,691 deaths, KP had 5,945, Islamabad had 967, Azad Kashmir had 748, Balochistan had 367, and Gilgit-Baltistan recorded 186 deaths.

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