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31 May 2020 | 05:01 PM UTC

Pakistan: Authorities announce that only outbound international flights are permitted May 31 /update 26

Pakistan News Alert

Authorities clarify that only outbound international flights have been permitted as part of the easing of COVID-19 measures on May 31; confirm travel itineraries

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/30/2020, 12:00 AM until 6/30/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Karachi). COUNTRY/REGION Pakistan

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Event

On Sunday, May 31, Pakistani authorities issued a statement clarifying that only outbound international commercial flights had been permitted as part of the easing of measures in place to limit the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Media had previously reported that both inbound and outbound international flights would resume from Saturday, May 30. The Pakistani Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) has previously stated that international flights are permitted to operate from all airports with the exception of Gwadar (GWD) and Turbat (TUK) international airports. No date has been given for the resumption of inbound international flights.

Additionally, on Friday, May 29, the PCAA announced that domestic flights will be increased to 40-45% of pre-COVID-19 operations from Monday, June 1.

As of May 31, there have been 69,496 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Pakistan, with 1483 associated deaths. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected in the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease. 

 

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