New Delhi: With the total positive cases rising to more than 1,000 and death toll to seven, Pakistan on Wednesday suspended all domestic flight operations until April 2 to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus in the country. Also Read - Coronavirus: Yuzvendra Chahal's Latest Hilarious TikTok Video During COVID-19 Lockdown is Trending | WATCH
The nationwide tally of COVID-19 patients touched 1,037 with 413 cases in Sindh; 115 in Balochistan; 296 in Punjab; 117 in K-P; 80 in Gilgit-Baltistan; 15 in Islamabad; and one in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Meanwhile, 18 people have also recovered from the disease. Also Read - Coronavirus Lockdown May Cost India's Economy $4.64 bn on Daily Basis: Report
Abdul Sattar Khokhar, the spokesperson of Pakistan’s aviation division, said that the decision will be effective from Thursday as part of the ongoing efforts to contain the deadly coronavirus. Also Read - Learn All About Symptoms of Novel Coronavirus, to Prevent Its Occurrence
The Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority released a statement on the website, the government “decided to suspend all types of domestic scheduled/non-scheduled, chartered and private aircraft passenger flight operations with effect from Thursday, March 26, at 6:00am up to April 02, 2020.”
Pakistan has already suspended international flights earlier this week. However, cargo flights are exempted from the flight ban and will continue to operate.
Meanwhile, like many parts of the world, Pakistan is under complete lockdown and people have been urged to leave their homes only in case of emergency.
The government has pledged to increase testing capability and other facilities in hospitals as new medical supplies are expected to start pouring in from China by Friday, according to NDMA chief Lt-Gen Muhammad Afzal.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has also announced a multi-billion rupee stimulus package to combat the deadly coronavirus and to facilitate poor people in the prevailing circumstances.
Khan said Rs 200 billion has been allocated for the labour class to mitigate their sufferings, while the government is also reaching provinces and the business community to extend their assistance.
He said the government was highly conscious of its responsibilities and it was due to various policies and steps that the coronavirus was still contained in the country.
With PTI inputs