Tue, 02 Jun 2020

Pakistan has announced it is halting all domestic passenger flights to stop the spread of the coronavirus after reporting 1,000 cases in the country.

The domestic flight ban will begin on March 26, civil aviation spokesman Abdul Sattar Khokhar said.

Islamabad had previously cut train service and international flights.

Most of those who initially tested positive were Pakistani pilgrims returning from neighboring Iran, which has seen the Mideast's worst outbreak of the coronavirus.

However, officials now say the virus is being reported in people who had no travel history.

As of March 25, 1,000 people have tested positive for the virus in Pakistan, with seven deaths and 19 full recoveries, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University in the United States.

Based on reporting by AP and dawn.com

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