Update (13th March, 2020):
Islamabad: Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood said on Friday that all educational institutes will remain closed throughout the country till April 5, 2020, on the same day that Pakistan reported its 21st coronavirus case.
Moreover, the federal minister has mentioned that the situation will further be examined on March 27.
“The situation regarding closure of all educational institutions in the country would be reviewed by the Ministry of Education on 27th March and further decisions taken,” he said.
In a meeting of the National Security Committee presided over PM Imran Khan, it has been decided to close all educational institutions in the country till April 5. This includes all schools and universities, public and private, vocational institutions and madaris.
— Shafqat Mahmood (@Shafqat_Mahmood) March 13, 2020
Following the federal government’s decision of closure, the Punjab government also shut down its schools till April 5.
The Punjab Education Minister Murad Raas said : “Due to the Pandemic Coronavirus Schools in Punjab will be closed starting Sunday March 15th, 2020 to Sunday April 5, 2020.”
Due to the Pandemic #Coronavirus Schools in Punjab will be closed starting Sunday March 15th, 2020 to Sunday April 5, 2020. Health of our Children & honourable Teachers are priority #1. At the end of the day it’s better to be safe than sorry.
— Murad Raas (@DrMuradPTI) March 13, 2020
However, as announced by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government, all institutes throughout the province will remain closed till May 15.
Adding on to the closure of schools, KP leadership has also directed that all public gatherings/events will be banned.
Meanwhile, the Sindh government has announced extending the closure of educational institutions till May 30th.
Update (2nd March, 2020):
All educational institutes across Sindh will remain closed as a part of the preventive measure against any possible spread of the deadly coronavirus.
According to an official handout released on Thursday, government and private educational institutions in the province will reopen on the 13th of March 2020.
The official handout reads:
All the Public and Private Educational Institutions under the administrative control of School Education and Literacy Department, Sindh shall remain closed from 27th of February, 2020 for preventive measures taken on account of the appearance of an unexpected case of coronavirus and shall reopen on Monday,
The Sindh Government has announced to keep all private and government schools closed on the 27th and 28th of February.
According to reports, the announcement came after the news of the first two confirmed Coronavirus cases has surfaced last night.
Zafar Mirza, public health advisor to Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted on Wednesday, February 26, days after Islamabad closed its land border with Iran, where 19 people have died from the virus.
“I can confirm the first two cases of coronavirus in Pakistan. Both cases are being taken care of according to clinical standard protocols & both of them are stable. No need to panic, things are under control“, tweeted health advisor Zafar Mirza.
220/ I can confirm first two cases of corona virus in Pakistan. Both cases are being taken care of according to clinical standard protocols & both of them are stable. No need to panic, things are under control. I will hold press conf tomorrow on return from Taftan.
— Zafar Mirza (@zfrmrza) February 26, 2020
According to the southern Sindh province’s health department stated that the first positive case was reported in Karachi in a 22-year-old male with a “history of travel to Iran where he has acquired the virus.”
School extension in Sindh denied for the time being
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, schools all around the world have closed down for a longer period of time. However, that’s not the case in Pakistan. Some schools and universities are still open despite the coronavirus pandemic.
Analyzing the current situation in Sindh, Chinese Consul General in Karachi, Li Bijian, on Wednesday has advised authorities in Sindh to extend the closure of schools and halt gatherings in Karachi after a spike in coronavirus cases were reported.
“The local Government of Sindh shall be advised to take more strong preventive measures including calling off big gatherings and extension of the closing of the schools to save more lives,” said Li in a tweet on Wednesday.
Here’s the tweet!
As 15 cases confirmed in #Karachi, the spread of the #virus is quick and actual. The local Government of Sindh shall be adviced to take more strong #preventive measures including calling off big gatherings and extention of the closing of the #schools to save more lives.
— libijian (@libijian2) March 11, 2020
The diplomat urged the Sindh government to take the action as the spread of the virus was quick and actual.
Karachi has been the worst affected city so far, with 15 of the total 20 confirmed cases.
Directors of private and government schools, the secretary of schools, the secretary of colleges, the BSEK chairperson, and inter-board chairperson attended the meeting.
The number of confirmed cases of novel coronavirus ‘COVID-19’ infections in Pakistan has risen to 20 after Gilgit-Baltistan reported its second patient on Wednesday.
Karachi has been the worst affected city so far, with 15 of the total confirmed cases. Of the remaining, two cases have been reported in Gilgit-Baltistan and one case has been reported each in Islamabad, Hyderabad and Quetta.
International schools closed down for longer period
Schools in different countries have been advised to remain closed until further notice. The Washing State Government has all school districts and the same has been advised in Denmark as well, as instructed by the Denmark Prime Minister.
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