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99 passengers from Karachi on way to Dubai test Covid positive

According to a source from Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA), fourteen flights were scheduled for the UAE. Authorities conducted their Covid tests as per the NCOC guidelines at the airport which revealed that 99 passengers were infected with Covid.

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Passengers traveling from Karachi to Dubai tested Covid positive. The rapid antigen test conducted at Jinnah International Airport revealed that 99 passengers as Covid positive.

According to a source from Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA), fourteen flights were scheduled for the UAE. Authorities conducted their Covid tests as per the NCOC guidelines at the airport. 99 passengers tested positive.

As a result, authorities barred the passengers from traveling and asked them to return home. They also directed the passengers to immediately quarantine themselves. Authorities requested some of the passengers to seek medical attention. However, the source revealed that passengers preferred going back home and quarantining themselves.

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Prior to this, eighteen passengers tested positive for COVID-19 after they underwent rapid antigen tests upon their arrival at Karachi airport from Jeddah and Dubai. The Covid-positive travellers included 17 men and a woman. They received instructions to move to their homes for a mandatory 10-day quarantine.

Karachi’s Covid rate reaches new heights

Coronavirus positivity rate in Karachi rose to a record level of 46.58 percent as the country faces the fifth wave of the deadly virus fueled by Omicron variant. According to a report on Friday, 3739 new cases of coronavirus surfaced in Karachi.

Important to note, Karachi once again became the Covid hotspot. As a result, the Sindh government banned all types of indoor gatherings, including weddings, dining, with effect from Jan 24 in Karachi and Hyderabad.

Furthermore, it decided that gyms, cinemas, shrines, amusement parks will continue to operate with 50 per cent capacity for fully vaccinated individuals only. On-campus classes for children under 12 would be held in schools of Karachi and Hyderabad on alternative days with 50pc attendance.

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Outdoor gatherings with 300 individuals maximum are, however, allowed in Karachi and Hyderabad. Market/ business activities to continue without time restriction but with strict compliance of standard operating procedures. The new order will remain in place till Jan 31. However, the ban on indoor weddings and related functions will continue till Feb 15.