Pakistan confirms first two cases of corona-virus, govt says ‘no need to panic’

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Pakistan confirms first two cases of corona-virus

Pakistan on Wednesday confirmed its first two circumstances of the novel coronavirus because the epidemic continued its march beyond China — the supply of the outbreak.

Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr. Zafar Mirza writes a tweet on Wednesday night that “I can confirm the first two cases of coronavirus in Pakistan. Both cases are being taken care of according to clinical standard protocols & both of them are stable”.

He also writes that no need to panic things are under control.

Later, addressing a late-night press convention in Quetta, Mirza mentioned one of many circumstances was reported in Sindh whereas the second was confirmed in “federal areas”. He added that each of the affected individuals had traveled to Iran within the final two weeks. He, nevertheless, refused to remark additional on the 2 cases.

In response to a query, he mentioned 15 suspected cases of the virus are presently beneath investigation, whereas 100 cases have examined adverse up to now.

He mentioned as a substitute for making panic or worrying needlessly, folks ought to “take precautions and show responsibility”. Mirza urged the general public to go to hospitals if they begin experiencing any of the signs and phone the federal government helpline in 1166.

He mentioned resulting from measures taken by the federal government to stop the unfold of the virus, Pakistan is the final nation within the area the place COVID-19 has been reported.

“We are on the right track. With Allah’s blessings, this [virus] will not take the form of an outbreak in Pakistan,” the SAPM mentioned, including that measures are in place to stop an outbreak.

Sindh stories first case
Mirza’s tweet got here moments after the Sindh well-being division introduced {that a} younger man had examined constructive for the coronavirus in Karachi.

The 22-year-old male affected person traveled to Iran the place he acquired COVID-19, Media Coordinator to the Health and Population Welfare Minister Meeran Yousuf mentioned in an announcement, days after Pakistan closed its land border with Iran, the place 19 folks have died from the virus.

The affected person traveled from Iran to Karachi by airplane on February 20. He and his household have been positioned in quarantine and the Health Department is within the technique of analyzing all of the passengers that he traveled with, the assertion added.

Speaking to DawnNewsTV, Yousuf mentioned the person had begun exhibiting signs whereas he was in Iran. His checks have been carried out right this moment on the Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) which turned out to be constructive, she mentioned.

Yousuf mentioned the Sindh authorities have knowledgeable the federal authorities, the World Health Organisation and different companions concerning the affirmation of the virus within the affected person.

No data was instantly accessible concerning the second case recognized in Pakistan.

Meanwhile, Balochistan authorities as a precautionary measure introduced the closure of all training establishments within the province till March 15.

According to Balochistan Minister for Secondary and Higher Education Sardar Yar Mohammad Rind, all authorities colleges, madrassahs and personal colleges within the province will stay closed till March 15.

Sindh authorities introduced that academic establishments within the province could be shut on 27th and 28th February.

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