Pakistan halts flight service to and from China with immediate effect
ISLAMABAD - Pakistan on Friday halted flights to and from China with immediate effect, a civil aviation official said, as the death toll from a virus outbreak spreading in China mounted and the World Health Organisation called it a global health emergency.
“We are suspending flights to China until Feb 2,” additional secretary of aviation Abdul Sattar Khokhar told *Reuters *by phone, adding the situation would be reviewed after that date. He declined to comment on the reason for the closure.
Russia also sealed its remote far-eastern border with China as a precaution on Thursday.
Some countries have banned entry for travellers from Wuhan, the central Chinese city where the virus first surfaced.