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CAA bans direct flights to Iran amid coronavirus threat


Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

27th Feb, 2020. 02:56 pm
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Civil Aviation

Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) bans direct flights between Pakistan and Iran for an indefinite period.

As per details, CAA bans direct flights between Pakistan and Iran for an indefinite period.

The ban came after the two confirmed cases of coronavirus surfaced in the country

Notification issued by CAA said the ban on flights will become effective from 12:00 am tonight.

Meanwhile, CAA established an emergency control room in the aviation division to remain operational for 24/7 until further orders.

The decision to suspend the flights is part of measures to prevent a possible spread of the epidemic in the country.

The departments of Civil Aviation Authorities (CAA) and the Department of Health have been put on high alert after the virus was first diagnosed and confirmed.

Earlier Pakistan International Airlines PIA has suspended flight operations to China till March 31st amid Coronavirus outbreak with Wuhan as mainland.

Pakistan closed its borders with Iran following an increase in coronavirus cases in the Islamic Republic.

Pakistan Railways ministry also closed its train services to Iran after coronavirus took 19 lives in the country.

Prime Minister’s Special Assistant for Health Dr Zafar Mirza said earlier that one case of Corona virus reported in Sindh while the other reported in federal areas.

The first case of the deadly coronavirus in Pakistan reported in Karachi’s private hospital, a spokesperson for the Sindh Health Department confirmed.

The 22-year-young male patient travelled to Iran where he acquired the virus.

He came back to Pakistan few days back in an airplane Media Coordinator to the Health and Population Welfare Minister Meeran Yousuf said in a statement.

The patient travelled from Iran to Karachi by plane on February 20.

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