Higher Education Commission (HEC) has rejected news mingling on social media platforms which declared that HEC has ordered the closure of universities all over Pakistan due to the resurgence of coronavirus in the country.
As per the official statement by the commission, the Higher Education Commission has not issued any direction related to the closure of educational institutions all over the country.
Attention Students!!— HEC Pakistan (@hecpkofficial) October 26, 2020
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Adding in its statement the commission said that each university will choose to continue to operate or close as per its precise condition.
Furthermore, HEC informed that the District Administrations are authorized to order the closure of universities if they observe an outbreak of coronavirus on campus.
The Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad (QAU) was also closed down temporarily after the detection of 5 coronavirus cases by the administration in different departments.
The Quaid-e-Azam university management has decided to shut down its campus till November 6 and will be managed via online sessions.
During the month of October, the National University of Modern Languages (NUML), Islamabad College for Boys, G-6/3, and Islamabad Model College for Girls, F-7/4 were shut down in Islamabad after the emergence of COVID-19 cases among students and faculty of the educational institutions.
In the last 24 hours, Pakistan has observed 825 new COVID-19 cases and 14 deaths reported due to coronavirus. Overall Pakistan has reported 330,200 cases and 6,759 deaths due to coronavirus. Meanwhile, the recovered patients from coronavirus are 311,814 and in total around 611 patients are in critical condition.
In Islamabad the total number of corona cases are 19,300, Punjab 103,314, Sindh 144,449, KP 39,189, Balochistan 15,859, AJK 3,889 and in GB 4,200.