NCOC recommends cut in int’l flight operation by 80pc


Intercity bus transport in Sindh banned

Staff Reporter

Pakistan on Thursday reported 151 more Covid deaths in a single day, pushing the nationwide tally of fatalities to 17,680.

According to the latest figures issued by the National Command and Operation Center, 5,480 persons were tested positive for Covid-19 for the same period, pushing the number of positive cases to 815,711.

The Covid positivity ratio was recorded at 9.61 percent during the last 24 hours. The recovery of the patients is on the rise as many as 708,193 have regained their health from a pandemic, with 3,699 people in the past 24 hours, while 5,263 patients are still battling for their lives at the country’s various hospitals.

Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar Thursday said vaccination for the age group 40 to 49 years would start from May 3.

The secretary aviation will chair a session on Friday to discuss the requests made by the foreign airlines to increase the number of flights to Pakistan.

The foreign airlines have requested Pakistan’s aviation authority to allow them to increase the number of flights, whereas, a private airline pleaded with the CAA to granting permission for hiking the overall flights.

An airline from the United Arab Emirates has requested the highest number of flights to Pakistan, whereas, the other countries that sought permission for enhanced flight operations include Turkey, Hungary and the United Kingdom.

Meanwhile, Sindh provincial home department has banned intercity bus transport from today.

Inter-provincial bus transport will operate for Islamabad, Gilgit and other provinces till Friday, according to the government order.

The entry of passenger buses in Sindh from other provinces will be stopped after April 30.

Sindh home department in its official circular, urged the people to avoid inter-provincial as well as within the province travel as precaution.

Strict measures should be taken to protect the passengers in buses from coronavirus infection.

“It will be compulsory for the buses to stop at the check-posts,” according to the order. Sindh has overall seven percent coronavirus positivity ratio, a session of Sindh Coronavirus Task Force was briefed on Thursday.

The Task Force meeting, chaired by Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, was informed that the ratio of Covid-19 positive cases in Karachi was recorded 10.75

percent, in a week from April 22 to 28. Murad Ali Shah told that the positivity ratios in Karachi and Hyderabad have been recorded 10.75 percent and 20 percent.