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NCOC reduces school attendance to 50pc in cities with over 10pc positivity rate

Schools in cities with 10pc Covid positivity to maintain 50pc attendance

NCOC banned indoor gatherings in cities with more than 10% positivity ratio.

PESHAWAR: As a part of measures to contain the fifth wave of Covid-19, the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) decided to limit educational activities in the cities with more than 10% of positivity rate.

The NCOC meeting was held under the chairmanship of Minister for planing Asad Umar, in which the current situation of Coronavirus across the country and implementation of SoPs were reviewed. It was decided to maintain restrictions on wedding halls. The NCOC will meet again on January 27 to review the situation.

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The committee said that indoor gatherings of up to 300 individual will be allowed in cities with 10% positivity ratio. In these cities, outdoor gatherings of 500 people will also be allowed, however, in cities with more than 10% positive ratio, no indoor gatherings will be allowed while outdoor gatherings will be limited to 300 individuals.

According to the NCOC, it has also been decided to limit educational activities in cities with a rate of more than 10% positivity rate. Thus, the student under 12-year-age will attend school with 50% capacity for three-day a week. There will be no restriction on students above 12-year age, however, they must get Covid-19 vaccination.

According to the NCOC, indoor gyms, cinemas, shrines and parks will be allowed to operate with 50% capacity in cities with positivity rate of over 10%. In these cities all types of contact sports will be banned. The Public transport has also been instructed to continue with 70% capacity. The NCOC has not announced any change in business hours.

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On Monday, Punjab Education Minister Murad Rass said on that 12-year-old unvaccinated students will not be allowed to attend school due to sharp rise in Coronavirus cases. Speaking at a press conference, Raaz said that it has been decided that schools up to 8th grade will remained open with 50 percent attendance while 12-year-old students will not be allowed to attend schools until, they get vaccinated.

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