Emirates extends flight ban to UAE from Pakistan, India, two other countries till Aug 7


DUBAI – UAE’s flagship airline Emirates confirmed on Wednesday that the suspension of inbound flights from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka has been extended at least till August 7, 2021.

The airline took to the decision due to rising number of coronavirus cases in the countries amid the emergence of Delta variant, which first surfaced in India.

Furthermore, passengers who have connected through India, Pakistan, Bangladesh or Sri Lanka in the last 14 days will not be accepted to travel from any other point to the UAE.

UAE nationals, holders of UAE Golden Visas and members of diplomatic mission who comply with updated Covid-19 protocols, are exempted from travel restrictions, it said.

Earlier this month, the airline had announced to extend the flight ban from these countries till July 28.

Covid Situation in Pakistan

After the National Command and Operation Centre reported 4,119 new infections on Wednesday morning, Pakistan’s daily COVID-19 case count surpassed 4,000 per day mark for the first time in two months.

On May 22, the country saw more than 4,000 cases in a single day for the first time.

According to the NCOC’s most recent statistics, 52,291 Covid-19 tests were conducted across the country in the past 24 hours.

Meanwhile, another 44 individuals have died as a result of the virus in the past 24 hours, bringing the national death toll to 23,133.

Presently, Pakistan’s positivity rate stands at 7.8 per cent.

A total of 1,015,827 cases have been recorded. Furthermore, 7,020 people have recovered from the virus in the past 24 hours, bringing the overall number of recoveries to 935,742, with 56,952 ongoing cases.

According to officials from Pakistan’s health ministry, the country’s COVID-19 mortality rate in July exceeded worldwide death rates.

According to World Health Organization data, Pakistan’s mortality rate in July was between 2.30 per cent and 2.37 per cent. In July, the global mortality rate ranged from 2.15 per cent to 2.17 per cent.

Noncompliance with normal operating procedures and a lack of immunisation, according to health experts, may raise mortality rates.

In Pakistan, 39 additional individuals have died from the virus in the past 24 hours, with 6.6 per cent positive cases.

According to the latest statistics from the National Command and Operation Centre, 49,412 corona tests were performed throughout the nation in the past 24 hours, with 3,262 positive results.

The positivity rate, according to the official site, is 6.6 per cent.

COVID-19 has claimed the lives of 23,087 people in the country, with a total of 1,011,708 people infected.

Furthermore, 1,123 people have recovered from the virus in the past 24 hours, bringing the overall number of recoveries to 928,722, compared to 59,899 current cases.

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