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Govt Says Not Suspending Flights To And From China

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The Ministry of Health has said that “flight operations to and from China continue as per normal routine”. Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health Dr Zafar Mirza said that no decision has been taken to suspend flights to the coronavirus-hit country.

Dr Mirza said that the authorities, with the help of China, have completed proper planning to prevent an outbreak. Referring to the suspected cases in Pakistan, he said seven individuals have been cleared and their tests have come back negative.

“The government had defined SOPs at all the airports for the people arriving from China and intended to consult with the provinces on the matter. Our teams will go into the provinces to ensure they are on the same page as the Centre,” he added.

Earlier, it was reported that Pakistan had halted all passenger flights to and from China amid the coronavirus influx. Passenger flights between the two neighbouring countries were suspended from January 31 to February 2 after the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the novel coronavirus a global health emergency.

No case of the coronavirus has been detected in Pakistan thus far, as the government has taken a slew of preventive and precautionary measures.

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