Govt confirms two more coronavirus cases in Pakistan

By: Raheel Hanif      Published: 06:56 PM, 29 Feb, 2020
Govt confirms two more coronavirus cases in Pakistan
Commuters wear face masks on a street in Karachi on as Pakistan has detected two more cases of novel coronavirus. AFP

Pakistan Saturday confirmed two more cases of coronavirus as the total number of cases in the country reached four. All the four cases has been related to those person who have been returned from Iran recently.

The third Pakistani patient of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, is a female patient belonging to Gilgit Baltistan and has been put into isolation and is under treatment. She has also returned from Iran recently. All her recent contacts have been quarantined and are being monitored.

Meanwhile, Sindh Health Department has also confirmed a new case in Karachi, who has also been placed in isolation ward and is currently under treatment. The case was confirmed on Saturday evening. The patient also has a recent history of travel to Iran and had acquired the virus there.

Meanwhile, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan and Federal Minster for State on Health Dr Zafar Mirza in a press conference said responsible media handling can bring people out of the fear of coronavirus by making them aware and informing them of prevention strategies.

They said that government was taking all the measures to counter the cronavirus threat. Dr Mirza also confirmed that total number of coronavirus cases have reached four in the country while the first patient has fully recovered from the disease and will be discharged from the hospital very soon while the other patients are currently receiving treatment.

He said another patient was also recovering fast while hope that two other patients will also show recovery soon.

He also rued that the people were profiteering from the surgical masks and said people should only use the masks where it is necessary. He said Pakistan has suspended air traffic from Iran and the flight operation for Iran would be resumed when it would be deemed fit by the authorities.

Firdous Ashiq Awan also advised opposition not to politicise the matter of grave concern for the greater national interests