Pakistan on Saturday suspended all international flights for two weeks amid a rising number of coronavirus cases in the country, an official said.

The flight ban starting Saturday evening will run through April 4, Abdul Sattar Khokar, a spokesman for the official Civil Aviation Authority, said in a statement.

Hours earlier, the government had announced suspension of all international flights operated by the national airline, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), for a week.

“After carefully examining all options, the Government of Pakistan has decided to suspend operation of all international passenger, chartered, and private flights to Pakistan, effective from 21st March 2020 (2000 hrs

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