Covid-19: Punjab Education Minister confirms 50% attendance

Punjab Provincial Education Minister Murad Raas has stated fifty percent attendance will be observed in all public and private schools across Lahore. 

According to reports, Murad Raas said that classes for seventh till twelfth grade will continue to observe the previous schedule. The decision will take effect from tomorrow till January 31, in Lahore. 

Earlier, a meeting at the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) announced new sanctions. The NCOC said the new restrictions were decided in consultation with the provinces. Indoor celebrations have been completely banned in cities with rates above 10%.

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Moreover, in cities with rates less than 10%, 300 people will be able to attend indoor events. Outside cities with rates less than 10% can accommodate up to 500 people. Meanwhile, children under the age of 12 will go to schools with SOPs in educational institutions. The new sanctions will be reviewed on January 27. Only fully vaccinated individuals will be able to attend indoor events. Restrictions will apply from January 20 to 31. NPIs related to wedding halls will apply from February 15.

The NCOC says that in cities with a rate of less than 10%, fully vaccinated people will be able to go to the cinemas. In cities with a rate of more than 10%, fully vaccinated people will be able to go to the cinema in a 50% capacity. In cities with rates above 10%, shrines, gyms, and parks will remain open with 50% capacity.

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According to reports, 70% of fully vaccinated people will be able to travel on public transport. Outside cities with rates less than 10% can accommodate up to 500 people. There are new restrictions for cities with more than a 10% positive rate of Corona across the country including Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad. After January 20, indoor weddings, meals, and gatherings will be prohibited.

The NCOC states that children over the age of 12 will be able to go to school only after the vaccination cycle has been completed. Children under 12 will have 50% attendance in class meanwhile, schools for children over 12 will have 100% attendance. From February 1, a dose of the vaccine has been made mandatory for children over 12 years of age. No boy or girl will be exempt from vaccination. The NCOC has also issued instructions for rigorous testing in educational institutions. Markets and business centers will have normal working hours. Mask use and vaccination for public transport passengers have been made mandatory.

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Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar directed to intensify the Corona Vaccination Campaign. He said that the process of administering booster doses to the citizens should be ensured in all cases.

The Punjab government is taking all possible steps to protect the lives of the citizens. The administrative machinery, the health department, the police, and the concerned departments are on high alert to deal with Corona. The fifth wave of Covid-19 requires more caution. It is important to maintain social distance in public places. Effective implementation of SOPs will minimize the spread of the disease. People are urged to follow government guidelines for the safety and well-being of their lives.

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