He said travelers from the existing list of 22 countries banned from entering Pakistan would remain in place.

Pakistan has decided to cut inbound international flights to 20% of current figures from May 5 as part of measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus in the country, authorities said on Saturday.

The National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), which is Pakistan’s main anti-corona body, said the decision to reduce the number of inbound flights was made due to the prevailing pandemic situation.

“In view of the current global and regional disease trends, Pakistan has decided to reduce inbound international travel from May 5 to 20. International flights to Pakistan will be reduced to 20% during this period,” CNOC said in a statement. communicated.

He said travelers from the existing list of 22 countries banned from entering Pakistan would remain in place.

These are South Africa, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Comoros, Mozambique, Zambia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Chile, from Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Malawi, Seychelles, Somalia, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela.

The NCOC said everyone coming to Pakistan should produce a negative RT-PCR test done no more than 72 hours before travel. Each passenger would undergo a rapid antigen test upon arrival.

CNOC added that the decision would be reviewed on May 18.

The travel measure came as authorities reported 4,696 new cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the national total to 824,519, while the death toll from COVID-19 rose to 17,957 with 146 people succumbing to illness during the last day.

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