Pakistan announces to cut inbound international flights by 80 per cent to control spread of virus

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Gulf Today Report

Pakistan decided to cut international flights by 80% to control the coronavirus spread in the country, the official body overseeing the country’s pandemic response said on Saturday.

“Amid high disease prevalence in various parts of the world and current disease situation in the country with corresponding extreme stress on the critical care system. Pakistan has decided to significantly reduce inbound International Air Travel from 5 May 5 to May 20,” said the National Command Operation Centre (NCOC), which oversees the government’s pandemic response, on Twitter.

It was not immediately clear which routes and air carriers would be affected. The NCOC added the decision would be reviewed on May 18.

Inbound air traffic will operate at 20% of the total current quantum, while there is no change in the existing Category C list countries.

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