COVID-19 crisis: India considering health restrictions on travellers from Pakistan

Written By: Sidhant Sibal WION
NEW DELHI Published: Aug 02, 2021, 07:10 PM(IST)

Pakistan airlines Photograph:( AFP )

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According to Pakistan's National Command & Operation Centre, the last 24 hours saw 40 deaths, with most deaths occurring in Sindh followed by Punjab.

As COVID-19 cases increase in Pakistan, India is considering putting health restrictions on travellers coming from the country.

As of August 2, there were 73213 active COVID-19 cases in Pakistan. 

Sources say, "In view of the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Pakistan, relevant Indian authorities are considering imposing health-related restrictions, including institutional quarantine, on all travellers originating from Pakistan".

According to Pakistan's National Command & Operation Centre, the last 24 hours saw 40 deaths, with most deaths occurring in Sindh province followed by Punjab. 

On August 1, 4858 people in Pakistan tested positive for COVID-19.

Meanwhile, Pakistan has announced several new restrictions domestically to control the situation. Federal planning minister Asad Umar announced the resumption of the 50% work-from-home policy and public transport to operate at 50% occupancy.

The restrictions apply to major cities like Rawalpindi, Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan, Peshawar, Abbottabad, Karachi, Hyderabad and the National Capital Islamabad.

After cases of the Epsilon strain of Covid-19 were found in Pakistan's Lahore, an alert was issued.

The strain is vaccine-resistant and very contagious, according to reports. 

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