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Norway, Iran introduce journey restrictions for Pakistan in concern of Indian coronavirus variant

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  • Below the brand new guidelines, travellers heading to Norway from Pakistan will now be required to quarantine at a resort.
  • Iran closes its land borders with Pakistan after banning flights from the nation final week.
  • Norway and Iran have each positioned restrictions on Pakistan out of concern of the Indian coronavirus variant.

Norway and Iran on Wednesday grew to become the most recent nations to impose restrictions or shut their borders to Pakistani residents getting into their nation out of concern of the damaging Indian variant of coronavirus.

“The rate of infections is very high in India, among other countries. In order to limit the risk of imported cases of new COVID-19 variants, we are now introducing stricter entry restrictions for travellers arriving from India and its neighbouring countries, as well as Iraq”, Norway’s Justice and Public Safety Minister Monica Maeland was quoted as saying in an announcement.

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Below the brand new guidelines, travellers coming from Bangladesh, India, Iraq, Nepal, and Pakistan will now be required to remain at a quarantine resort.

“This means that people who undertake necessary travel to these countries will also be required to stay at a quarantine hotel,” mentioned the assertion.

The European nation mentioned that the measures will come into impact on Wednesday 28 April at 12pm.

Iran closes land borders with Pakistan

Individually, Iran introduced the closure of its land border with Pakistan in concern of the coronavirus instances being reported from India, reported Fars Information Company.

“The Southeastern borders with Pakistan would only allow the return of Iranian and Pakistani nationals to their countries after the new ban is imposed on Wednesday,” mentioned an announcement issued by the Iranian customs workplace that was quoted by the publication.

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Iranian Customs Workplace Spokesman Rouhollah Latifi mentioned that the Iranian authorities will introduce “hygiene controls” on vans arriving from Pakistan for the following 10 days. He added that industrial vessels from Pakistan will solely be allowed to load and unload at Iranian ports after going via some strict checks and controls.

Final week, Iran had banned flights from India and Pakistan over fears that an Indian variant of the coronavirus may unfold within the nation.

Pakistan data highest single-day demise toll of COVID-19 pandemic 

The restrictions and border closure come as Pakistan reported 201 new coronavirus-related fatalities within the final 24 hours, which is the very best single-day demise toll recorded for the reason that outbreak final 12 months.

That is the primary time coronavirus deaths within the nation have crossed the 200-mark.

In line with the official knowledge from the Nationwide Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), which synergises authorities efforts in opposition to COVID-19, the demise toll within the nation reached 17,329 with the most recent surge.

Pakistan additionally reported the very best deaths of individuals on ventilators, with 84 fatalities immediately.

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There at the moment are 1,045 deaths reported on ventilators since April 2021. Within the final 10 days, 473 individuals on ventilators have misplaced their lives to coronavirus.

As of immediately, 664 vents are occupied throughout the nation whereas there are not any sufferers on life assist system in Azad Jammu Kashmir (AJK) and Balochistan.

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Pakistan carried out 49,101 exams for coronavirus, out of which 5,292 returned optimistic. The full tally of coronavirus instances stands at 810,231 country-wide with the very best instances reported in Punjab to this point.

The nation’s positivity charge has risen to 10.77%, with 88,207 lively instances, whereas the variety of recoveries nationwide has reached 704,494 to this point.

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