LAHORE:07 April: Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar announced a 20% cut in the fee of private schools and said that no school would be allowed to receive full fee during the lockdown period. The announcement was made during a media briefing on Monday. “No private school will collect the full fee of more than one month,” he warned, adding that the private schools have also been barred from firing their staff. Jobs of staff members will be given protection and the education department has been ordered to take immediate steps in this regard, the CM directed. NICVD offers Sindh govt assistance to set up mobile labs for COVID-19 testing Buzdar said that BSL Level 3 labs will be made functional at the divisional level very soon. “These labs are near to completion in Multan, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Bahawalpur, Dera Ghazi Khan and Rawalpindi. A sum of Rs620 million has already been released for the purpose,” he highlighted. He declared that the capacity of conducting coronavirus tests will be enhanced to 5,000 daily within the next two weeks and field hospitals will soon being made functional in Sialkot, Gujranwala, Gujrat and Jhelum. Published in The Express Tribune, April 7th, 2020.