ISLAMABAD – Pakistan has placed a ban preventing any and all travel from India either from land or sea for a fortnight, in order to prevent the spread of a mutated variant of the coronavirus originating from the neighboring country.

According to a statement issued by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), a forum presided by the Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar was advised on the new Indian variant of the virus responsible for the high infection rate in the neighboring country. As of Monday, India has an approximate 273,810 affected cases of coronavirus recorded.

The statement specifically said in response to the mutant outbreak: “The forum decided to place India in the list of Category C countries for two weeks. There will be a ban on inbound passengers coming from India via air and land route.”