Pakistan on Friday closed all educational institutions across the country for the next three weeks amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.

The decision was taken in a meeting to the country’s National Security Committee, presided by Prime Minister Imran Khan, in capital Islamabad, Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood said on Twitter.

“It has been decided to close all educational institutions in the country till April 5,” said Mahmood, adding that the Education Ministry would decide on March 27 whether to extend the closure, applying to all public and private schools, universities and vocational institutions.

Pakistan on Friday confirmed the country’s

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