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Pakistan Plans Reducing International Flights to 20% as Covid-19 Cases Surge

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It was not instantly clear which routes and air carriers could be affected.

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  • Last Updated:May 01, 2021, 13:21 IST
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Pakistan plans to cut back the variety of inbound worldwide flights to 20% of present numbers to curb rising COVID-19 circumstances, the official physique overseeing the nation’s pandemic response stated on Saturday.

“In view of prevailing world and regional illness tendencies, Pakistan has determined to cut back inbound worldwide journey from 5 May to 20th May,” stated the National Command Operation Center (NCOC), which oversees the federal government’s pandemic response, on Twitter.

It was not instantly clear which routes and air carriers could be affected. The NCOC added the choice could be reviewed on May 18.

Pakistan has seen document deaths in latest days from the coronavirus, and stricter restrictions on motion and gathering in public are deliberate for the upcoming Eid vacation. Officials are frightened the nation’s well being care system, already below pressure, may attain breaking level if extra contagious variants of the virus start to unfold, as has occurred in neighbouring India.

On Saturday authorities reported 4,696 new confirmed COVID-19 circumstances previously 24 hours and 146 deaths from the illness.

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