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Pakistan imposes strict restrictions on travellers from Bangladesh, 25 other countries

Since May 30, the Covid infection rate in the country has been below 4%

Update : 13 Jun 2021, 03:04 PM

Pakistan has imposed strict restrictions on travellers from Bangladesh and 25 other countries as its National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) placed them in C category, report local media.

The number of Covid-19 patients hospitalized in the country has decreased by almost 60%, with the positive ratio maintaining below 4%, according to the Dawn newspaper.

An official of the Ministry of National Health Services (NHS) On Saturday said: “Pakistan had introduced three categories to deal with Covid-19.

“Countries in A category are exempted from the mandatory Covid-19 test, travellers from areas in B category require a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test that must be taken within 72 hours of the travel date while countries in C category are restricted and people can travel only under specific NCOC guidelines.”

The NCOC revised the inbound air-land travel categories with immediate effect, according to a document made available to Dawn.

In the C category, the document listed India, Iran, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Indonesia, Iraq, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, Tunisia, Bolivia, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Namibia, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, and Uruguay.

All other nations have been placed in the B category, and passengers from these nations must show proof of a negative PCR test.

According to the NCOC data, 1,194 new cases and 57 deaths were reported in Pakistan in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 2,990 people undergoing treatment in the hospitals, compared to roughly 7,000 in April, suggesting a 60% decrease. On June 12, there were 42,717 active cases across the country, according to government data, with 325 people placed on ventilators.

Furthermore, since May 30, when a rate of 4.05% was published at the national level, the country has been experiencing a positive ratio of less than 4%.

On June 11, the NCOC expanded the availability of walk-in vaccinations to around 39 million persons aged 18 to 30.

Sajid Shah, a spokesperson for the NHS ministry, told Dawn that the government aimed to inoculate people as soon as possible to develop herd immunity. 

He stated that all public sector personnel must be vaccinated by June 30, and that all relevant centers will be open from 8am to 10pm daily, except on Sundays, to assist immunization.

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