ISLAMABAD: As global efforts increase to curb the spread of deadly coronavirus, Pakistan has taken another precautionary measure that requires all passengers entering the country to submit the Health Declaration Form upon their arrival at the airports.
According to a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) spokesperson, every passenger will have to fill out the form that will contain their travel history, recent travels in particular, and contact details.
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Airport staff will distribute health declaration forms among the passengers.
According to the CAA spokesperson, incase of refusal to submit the form, entrance and immigration into Pakistan will not be allowed.
Importantly, scanning process to diagnose coronavirus has begun for the total of 2,900 Pakistani and 480 Chinese workers who have been working alongside at Saindak and Duddar projects in Balochistan. At Saindak, 300 Chinese experts are working together with 1,800 Pakistanis. At Duddar, 180 Chinese workers are working together with 1,100 Pakistanis.
Officials told the media that employees have been barred from visiting China, and holidays for employees who are visiting different parts of China and Pakistan have been extended for 15 days.
Saindak is a town in Chagai, and Duddar Mountain is one of the largest lead and zinc mines in Pakistan.
A day earlier, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) had decided to impose a ban on export of face masks and hand gloves as “a first precautionary measure” and to ensure availability of “sufficient basic first aid material”.
The NDMA instructed all relevant authorities to take necessary measures and ensure “availability of sufficient quantity of first aid material (face mask & gloves) at all tiers of health units.”