Coronavirus: Pakistan resumes flight services from China, 143 passengers arrive in Islamabad
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Coronavirus: Pakistan resumes flight services from China, 143 passengers arrive in Islamabad

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Islamabad, Feb 3: Pakistan authorities on Monday resumed flight operations from the coronavirus-hit China after suspending it for three days, with a total of 143 passengers arriving at Islamabad International Airport in three flights. "We are resuming flight operations with China," Abdul Sattar Khokhar, the senior joint secretary of aviation, told a newsagency.

Two flights carrying Pakistanis arrived from China, Special Assistant on Health to Prime Minister Imran Khan Dr Zafar Mirza confirmed to Dawn. The death toll from the novel coronavirus reached 361 on Monday with 57 new fatalities recorded in last 24 hours. The new strain of coronavirus — 2019-nCoV — was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan, located in the Hubei province, in December and has since spread to more than 20 countries.

On Monday, a Qatar Airlines flight arrived to Islamabad from Doha, carrying 40 students who were in China. 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 - China Southern Airlines - brought 69 passengers, including 57 Pakistanis and 12 Chinese. (UNI)

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