ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Commerce imposed a ban on the import of any zoonotic animals or birds amid coronavirus outbreak.
According to a notification issued by the Ministry of Commerce, “The Ministry has imposed a ban on import of zoonotic animals or birds, on the recommendation of Ministry of National Health Services.
The notification further added, “The Health Ministry informed that the origin of the recent outbreak of Novel type of Coronavirus has been traced to be zoonotic in nature, which may potentially undermine the government’s efforts to prevent the spread of said disease in Pakistan.”
“It is requested to take immediate steps to implement the ban on import of zoonotic (animals and birds etc) in Pakistan,” the notification added.
Earlier today, PM’s Special Assistant on Health Dr. Zafar Mirza chaired a meeting to review steps taken to prevent the coronavirus.