Pakistani authorities have announced the temporary reopening of several border crossings with Afghanistan between Monday, April 6 and Thursday, April 9. Those who travel across the border will be placed under quarantine. All international flights to and from Pakistan remain suspended by the Pakistani government until at least Saturday, April 11.
Effective Thursday, March 26, all domestic passenger flights were suspended nationwide in an effort to curb the spread of the corona virus pandemic (COVID-19). On Monday, March 23, Pakistan mobilized its forces to enforce locking measures after all provincial governments ordered total or partial locking to stop the virus from spreading. All restaurants and shopping centers will remain closed throughout the country, while public transportation is suspended; however, Pakistanis and citizens can leave their homes to buy food and medicines and visit health facilities.
To date, there have been 3766 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country, with 53 related deaths. Further spread of the international virus is expected to occur in the near future.
The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of this outbreak was linked to the wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Transmission of staff from human to human and patient to medical has been confirmed. Many of the deaths are related to pneumonia caused by viruses.
Viral cases have been confirmed in many countries and regions throughout the world. Virus screening and quarantine measures are being implemented at airports around the world, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global outbreak as a pandemic.
Symptoms of pneumonia include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and difficulty breathing. Pneumonia can be transmitted and can be transmitted from human to human. Influenza virus, or flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.
Measures adopted by local authorities develop quickly, and are usually immediately effective. Depending on the evolution of outbreaks in other countries, the authorities will likely modify, in a very short time, a list of countries that travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions on their arrival in the area concerned. It is recommended to postpone the trip is not important because of the risk that tourists can be refused entry or subject to quarantine on arrival or during their stay.
To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to adhere to the following steps:
- Frequently clean your hands using rubbing or soap and alcohol-based water.
- When coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with elbows or bent tissue; if used, remove the tissue immediately and wash your hands.
- If you have a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or other symptoms that indicate respiratory illness, including pneumonia, contact emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.
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