Islamabad:  Pakistan on September 15 began its phased reopening of schools, after a break of nearly five months in view of the falling number of new coronavirus cases in the country.

According to reports, high schools, colleges and universities reopened on September 15, classes VI to VIII would start from September 23.

Primary school will start from September 30, the report added.

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As per the health protocols, 20 students or less can be seated in a classroom.

The students have been divided into groups and will attend schools on alternate days.

Masks are mandatory for teachers and students. The institutions will ensure availability of hand-washing facilities and sanitizers at the entry gates. All educational institutions in Pakistan were closed on March 16 after the outbreak of the coronavirus.

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All annual examinations were cancelled.

According to the Ministry of National Health Services, the number of coronavirus cases reached 302,424 on Tuesday after 404 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours.

Six patients died in this period, taking the death toll to 6,389. So far, 290,261 people have fully recovered from the disease, while 563 are in critical condition.