ISLAMABAD: It was insinuated by certain quarters that in order to prevent an outbreak of Novel Coronavirus Pakistan had suspended passenger flights to and from China where the malady has claimed 500 lives.
However, State Minister for Health Dr Zafar Mirza clarified that no such decision had been taken. It is pertinent to mention here that flights were suspended between two countries earlier. But when WHO had declared the Novel Coronavirus a global emergency, flights resumed bringing Pakistanis back home from China.
According to the Minister government had defined SOPs at all the airports. He said that teams from the Capital would go into the provinces to ensure they were on the same page. He held that it was better for those Pakistanis stuck in Wuhan to stay put as there they would be monitored and treated.
A relevant piece published earlier:
Coronavirus: Another flight from China lands at Islamabad
ISLAMABAD: As Coronavirus death toll reached 500 in China, another flight carrying 122 people (including 31 Chinese Nationals) from there landed here today.