Import of live animals, birds banned on Coronavirus threat

ISLAMABAD: The government has banned import of all types of live animals and birds with immediate effect in the wake of novel coronavirus. According to an official memo issued by the ministry of commerce to Quarantine Department a ban has been imposed on import of any zoonotic (animals and birds etc.) with immediate effect and until further orders.

The memo said that on the recommendations of the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination (MNHSR&C), the ministry of commerce has imposed a ban on the import of any zoonotic (animals and birds etc.) with immediate effect and until further orders.

The MNHSR&C has informed that the origin of recent outbreak of Novel type of Corona Virus (2019-nCOV) has been threat to be zoonotic in nature, which may potentially undermine government efforts to prevent the spread of said disease in Pakistan.

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