Two flights carrying passengers from China arrived in Islamabad on Monday as government resumed flight operations to the virus-hit country.

A day after the World Health Organisation declared the epidemic a global health emergency, Pakistan on Friday had halted flights to and from China with immediate effect till February 2. Following the resumption of flights, two flights carrying Pakistanis arrived from China, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr Zafar Mirza confirmed. The first — a Qatar Airlines flight — arrived from Doha, carrying 40 students. Health department staff conducted medical examinations of all the students at the Islamabad airport after which they were permitted to go home. A second flight — a China Southern Airlines flight CZ6007 — brought 69 passengers including 57 Pakistanis and 12 Chinese.

Should Pakistan be worried about coronavirus?

As of now, there have no cases of coronavirus in Pakistan. After the detection kits from Japan arrived in the country the one suspected patient tested negative of the virus. However, seeing as Pakistan has resumed flights from China, the probability of the virus spreading in Pakistan still stands


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