Coronavirus is a contagion that has affected several countries, China being the most endangered one,where it has killed more than 2,700 people so far. Around the world, over 80,000 people have been infected with coronavirus, as per the World Health Organization (WHO), with most of the cases in China — above 78,000.
Now, Two coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Pakistan as well. Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr Zafar Mirza confirmed the news in a tweet on Wednesday, minutes after the first case was reported in Karachi.
220/ I can confirm first two cases of corona virus in Pakistan. Both cases are being taken care of according to clinical standard protocols & both of them are stable. No need to panic, things are under control. I will hold press conf tomorrow on return from Taftan.
— Zafar Mirza (@zfrmrza) February 26, 2020
He also noted that there was “no need to panic [as] things are under control”.
The second patient, identified in Islamabad, was shifted to a quarantine in the capital’s Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS).Meanwhile an Emergency helpline 1166 has been formed for citizens to report if relevant symptoms are seen in any person around them.
“If you or somebody you know have recently returned from China, Iran or a country where #COVIDー19 is prevalent and if there are symptoms like fever, cough, difficulty in breathing, please report by calling at 1166,” said Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr Zafar Mirza.
Earlier the neighboring countries, Iran, Afghanistan and India all had confirmed Coronavirus cases. Late last week, Pakistan closed off its border with Iran, where 19 people have died of coronavirus so far, while another 139 people — including the country’s deputy health minister, Iraj Harirchi, who was also infected. Tehran’s death toll is the highest than any country other than China.
The best way to stay safe from the deadly, incurable infection is to avoid it.The World Health Organization has issued the following preventive measures to ensure safety against Coronavirus.
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