Pakistan cancels flights to China as fears of coronavirus spread
Pakistan cancelled all flight operations entering and departing from China as the coronavirus disease spreads.
According to the CAA no flights from any airport in Pakistan will be able to take off for China.
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This suspension was applied until 2 February. The authorities will then assess the situation and determine whether to continue or remove the flight suspension.
At least four Pakistani students were diagnosed with the coronavirus in Wuhan, China. Pakistan says it won’t evacuate them, as did many other countries.
The WHO has declared the virus to be a global health emergency. At least 213 people died in China, and nearly 10,000 cases in the country were reported. The WHO said Thursday it reported 98 cases in 18 other countries.
The virus broke out in Wuhan, and is suspected to have spread from the city’s seafood market. Eight cases of human-to-human infection were reported in the United States, Germany, Japan, Vietnam and Germany.
Cases have now been confirmed in Thailand, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia, Malaysia, Macao, the United States, France, Germany, South Korea, Canada, Cambodia, Vietnam, Nepal, Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates.
The city was sealed, and restrictions on transportation are in place. The United States and Japan began evacuating their citizens. Japan has confirmed that three of Wuhan’s returned passengers have tested the virus positively.
The EU citizens will be evacuated, with two scheduled flights. Australia, Canada, the Philippines and Malaysia have also all announced that their people will be evacuated from Wuhan.