Pakistan orders masks on home flights as COVID numbers rise

Pakistan’s aviation regulator has made masks necessary on home flights given a gradual rise within the variety of COVID-19 circumstances throughout the nation, it mentioned an announcement.

The order comes a day after Pakistan’s largest metropolis, Karachi, reported that its COVID-19 positivity ratio, or the speed of optimistic circumstances out of all exams carried out, rose to 21% in contrast with a nationwide fee of two.8%.

“With instant impact, masks carrying shall be necessary onboard home flights,” the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) mentioned within the assertion late on Sunday.

Pakistan has had only a few COVID circumstances over current months and had carried out away with virtually all precautions.

However over the previous 24 hours, the nationwide COVID positivity ratio had risen to 2.85% with 382 optimistic circumstances and two deaths, based on information launched on Monday by the Nationwide Institute of Well being, Islamabad (NIH).

A month in the past, the positivity ratio was 0.54% with 79 optimistic circumstances and no deaths. In line with the NIH, 85% of eligible Pakistanis have been absolutely vaccinated towards COVID.

Pakistan disbanded the Nationwide Command and Operations Heart, which was overseeing the COVID response, on March 31 as infections fell to the bottom because the outbreak started in 2020.

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