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Emirates temporarily suspends flights from Pakistan after passengers test positive for COVID-19

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Emirate airlines have temporarily suspended flights from Pakistan on Wednesday after passengers tested positive for COVID-19 in Hong Kong.

The Dubai state carrier, which is operating limited services due to the coronavirus pandemic, said the temporary suspension was effective June 24.

As being reported, 26 passengers had tested positive for coronavirus on Emirates flight to Hong Kong on June 20.

Those passengers had travelled from Pakistan and transited through Dubai airport and then boarded the second Emirates flight to Hong Kong.

The Dubai-based airline’s spokesperson in a statement to Khaleej Times said: “Following the announcement of positive Covid-19 cases in Hong Kong relating to certain passengers who travelled on our flights, Emirates has taken the decision to temporarily suspend passenger services from Pakistan, from June 24”.

“We are coordinating closely with the various authorities and will review and implement any required additional measures to satisfy all parties before we resume services from Pakistan,” a spokeswoman told Reuters.

The airline will continue to operate flights to Pakistan, she said.

The Emirates airlines had resumed scheduled service to three Pakistani cities Islamabad, Lahore, and Karachi to bring back stranded UAE residents after travel restrictions were by the UAE and Pakistan authorities.

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