PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Elementary and Secondary Education Department (ESED) has announced to end the break (recess) in schools owning the fears of coronavirus spreading.

According to a notification issued by the KP ESED, the morning assembly has also been banned as precautionary measure to avoid the spread of coronavirus. Apart from that, the school timings have also been adjusted.

According to the notification, the high schools will be closed at 1:30pm, while the timings of the primary schools will be from 8:30am to 12:30pm. Besides these measures, the schools have been directed to strictly implement all the standard operating procedures (SOPs) introduced by the Education Department to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Meanwhile, Special Assistant to Chief Minister on Information Kamran Bangash said the schools which reported coronavirus cases have been closed.

Talking to a private news channel, the special assistant said random tests of teachers and students are being carried out in schools. He said the SOPs implementation is also being monitored on district level.

Mr Bangash said a second wave of coronavirus is feared as the weather is getting colder. He said the KP government is increasing its capacity of testing keeping in view the possible challenges regarding coronavirus in winter.

Several educational institutions have already been closed in KP and rest of the country after emergence of coronavirus cases.

On Monday, Peshawar’s Khyber Medical University (KMU) was closed after coronavirus cases of seven students came back as positive.

A spokesman for the university said the decision of closure of the university for two weeks has been taken for safety of students after emergence of coronavirus cases.

The announcement of KMU closure came two days after the KP government closed five educational institutions after emergence of coronavirus cases in government and private schools. The educational institutions which were closed include four government schools and one private school.

As many as 29 new coronavirus cases were reported in KP during the last 24 hours.

According to latest update of the KP Health Department, no new death from the virus has been reported. Active patients in KP are 52 as 92 patients recovered during the last 24 hours.


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