PIA suspends flight operations to China, Japan amid coronavirus outbreak
Statesman Report
ISLAMABAD: The national carrier on Monday suspended all flight operations to China and Japan till March 15 amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) took the decision as a precautionary measure as the ongoing virus outbreak has claimed more than 2,400 lives – mostly in China.
The decision to resume flight operations or further extend the suspension would be taken after a week.
“PIA flights to Beijing and Tokyo will not depart from today,” the PIA spokesperson said. “Travelers of these cities have been notified in advance.”
Pakistan ‘concerned’
over Iran coronavirus
outbreak, closes border
Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health Dr Zafar Mirza on Monday said that Pakistan was very concerned about the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus in Iran but stood in solidarity with Tehran as it managed the outbreak in the holy city of Qom.
“We’re concerned with the outbreak of #COVID2019 in Qom/Iran causing 5 deaths. We are alert & monitoring the situation closely & taking rapid actions to keep Pakistan safe. We fully support efforts of IR Iran in managing the outbreak & we stand in solidarity with them,” he said.
The statement from the Pakistani health official comes after death toll from the coronavirus in Iran rose to eight, the highest outside China, with 43 infections.
Four immediate neighbours of the Islamic republic — Turkey, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Armenia — said on Sunday they would close land borders, while three imposed restrictions on air traffic, amid growing regional concerns about the spread of the virus. Pakistan closes border with Iran
Pakistan had on Sunday closed its Taftan border with Iran, stopping movement of people in light of the outbreak of Coronavirus in the country. A large number of pilgrims and traders travel to Iran via the Taftan border crossing on a daily basis.