Youths ride their bicycles along a street during a lockdown imposed in Karachi, Pakistan. AFP
The border restrictions were announced Sunday as the country prepared to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid Al Fitr, which usually sees the mass movement of people between cities and villages as well as the return of migrant workers and overseas Pakistanis for celebrations.
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Pakistani officials have anxiously watched the coronavirus crisis unfolding in neighbouring India.
The Civil Aviation Authority said Saturday that from Wednesday, 80 per cent of flights would be suspended for two weeks, mainly from the Middle East, until mid-May when the Eid holidays are over.
Commuters drive on a street during lockdown in Peshawar. AFP
Foot crossings with Iran and Afghanistan would also be sealed, the country's coronavirus task force said, adding that trade would be exempt.
Flights and land crossings with neighbouring India — reeling from a devastating outbreak with hundreds of thousands of new cases a day — were closed before the pandemic because of political tensions.
Impoverished Pakistan is struggling to contain a third wave of infections, with more than 800,000 cases and 18,000 deaths declared.
Only a small fraction of its 220 million population has been vaccinated.
Planning minister Asad Umar, who has been leading the government response to the outbreak, said the next two weeks are "critical", as health authorities rushed to increase intensive care capacity.
Last year, Pakistan saw a spike in cases following Ramadan and Eid.
A man crosses the street in a deserted area of a commercial market during lockdown in Peshawar. AFP
Mosques have remained open throughout the month of Ramadan, with few adhering to social distancing guidelines during huge nightly gatherings of worshippers.
Private gatherings, shops and restaurants have faced tight restrictions, with the army mobilised to help enforce rules.The government has also announced a ban on travel between provinces for more than a week over Eid and imposed closures on hotels and tourist spots.
All players, officials and staff have moved into a hub in a five-star hotel in Islamabad, the PCB said, and "are now allowed to interact with each other and move freely within the bio-secure bubble.”
"Just found out that Dr Hafeez has tested positive for Covid-19. I pray for his swift recovery and good health," Minister for Industries and Production Hammad Azhar wrote on Twitter.
Half a million doses arrived Wednesday and the rest later on Thursday. The announcement by Asad Omar comes as Pakistan reported 4,974 new cases in the past 24 hours, the highest single-day jump since June last year.
Sheikh Sultan has ordered the release of 399 prisoners of different nationalities from Sharjah's correctional and punitive establishments, ahead of the Holy Month of Ramadan.
Qatar's Interior Ministry described the building as a four-story structure in Doha's Bin Durham neighborhood. It said rescuers found seven survivors, while the one person killed had been inside the building at the time of the collapse.
A large number of diplomatic corps, officials of the UAE, prominent business individuals and Pakistani community residing in the UAE participated in the event.