Coronavirus: Education ministry asks private schools in Islamabad to slash fees by 20%

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The Federal Education Ministry ordered private education schools in the federal capital to slash their fees by 20% due to the coronavirus third wave, showed a notification issued on Monday.

Following the order by the ministry, a notification was also issued by the Private Education Institutions Regulatory Authority directing schools to reduce their fees by 20% for April and May.

The orders by the ministry came as Pakistan reported deaths below 100 after several days as 79 people lost their lives to coronavirus in the last 24 hours, taking the total death tally to 18,149 nationwide on Monday.

The last time the country reported below 100 deaths was on April 25 when 70 people succumbed to the virus nationwide.

According to the latest data provided by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), 4,213 people tested positive for COVID-19 when 45,954 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours across the country.

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