PM urges WHO should play role to remove COVID-19 related travel restrictions

PM urges WHO should play role to remove COVID-19 related travel restrictions

Islamabad (Web Desk): Prime Minister Imran Khan has called upon World Health Organization (WHO) to play its role in engaging member states to remove COVID-19 related travel restrictions for Pakistan and other developing countries.

Talking to Director General WHO Dr. Tedros Adhanom via video conference, the premier stressed the need to work towards a data driven system of non-discriminatory travel rules.

PM Khan observed that travel restrictions imposed by developed countries in the wake of COVID-19 can further exacerbate economic difficulties of developing countries struggling to mitigate adverse economic impact of the pandemic.

The PM also highlighted Pakistan’s strategy of deploying scientific and data driven interventions as well as rapid upgrades of health care facilities while attempting to a maintain a balance between life and livelihood that has yielded positive results with a current downward trajectory in the spread of pandemic.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan on Tuesday rose to 234,509 after about 2691 new coronavirus cases have surfaced in the country over the last twenty-four hours.

Overall, 82,669 cases were reported in Punjab, 96,236 in Sindh, 28,236 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 10,841 in Balochistan, 13,557 in Islamabad, 1,587 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 1,387 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

According to the government's Covid-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached 4,839 with 77 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours while around 134, 957 patients have fully recovered from the disease.