ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan shut its schools and postponed exams on Thursday to try to curb new coronavirus infections and a rise in the number of people in hospital with COVID-19.
Pakistan reported 3,306 new cases on Wednesday, and 40 deaths from the pandemic, with 2,485 patients currently admitted in hospitals, according to officials.
The decision to close schools, officials have said, was based on an increase in the rate of positive test results in the country.
The rate of people testing positive in June was as high as 23%, but dropped to a low of 1.7% by September.
State television and radio stations were used to broadcast lessons for students at home for students in government schools.
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