Pakistan responsible for Half of UK’s imported Covid-19 cases

Pakistan, which is listed as a ‘high-risk’ country for coronavirus cases, is reportedly responsible for half of the UK’s imported cases.

Pakistan responsible for Half of UK’s imported Covid-19 cases f

Cases in the country will double to 300,000 by the end of July.

Pakistan has been highlighted as the origin for half of Britain’s imported Covid-19 cases as there are calls for stricter quarantine checks on people from ‘high-risk’ countries.

Reportedly, it is understood that half the incidents of imported infections have originated from Pakistan.

This data from Public Health England showed 30 cases since June 4, 2020.

Pakistan is said to have reported 4,000 coronavirus cases a day. The country has suffered a rise in cases facing a new spike since easing the lockdown.

Since March 1, 2020, 190 flights arrived from Pakistan to the UK.

According to The Telegraph, over 65,000 passengers travelled to Britain. It is believed that most are British passport holders.

Allegedly, some of the people travelling from Pakistan to the UK have been going straight to the hospital upon arrival.

They have had to be placed in intensive care. Two flights from Pakistan have been arriving in the UK every day.

In fact, Dubai air carrier, Emirates has suspended flights out of the high-risk country.

This decision came after 30 passengers tested positive for coronavirus on a flight to Hong Kong on June 22, 2020.

However, since early April, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has continued to fly passengers directly into and out of the UK.

Initially, these flights were organised to send UK nationals back to their country.

However, these repatriated flights resumed to regular daily flights.

According to a spokesman, strict checks were carried out. These included screening with heat sensors, having to wear masks and those who recorded a high temperature were preventing from boarding.

Speaking to The Telegraph, a government spokesman said:

“The new health measures at the border are informed by science, backed by the public and designed to keep us all safe.

“We are seeing a high level of compliance and we expect this to continue as the vast majority of people will play their part to help.”

The John Hopkins coronavirus resource centre has recorded nearly 200,000 cases and almost 4,00 deaths in Pakistan.

Not only that, but Pakistan’s planning minister Asad Umar issued warnings that by the end of July 2020, Pakistan could reach a million Covid-19 cases.

This news came amidst warnings that people were ignoring rules on social distancing and the lockdown.

Pakistan has a recorded population of over 212 million. According to experts, it is expected that cases in the country will double to 300,000 by the end of July.

They are then expected to reach 1.2 million a month later.

Hospitals in the nation are also warning people that they will be forced to turn away coronavirus patients as they are near or at capacity.

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