This Is What We Know So Far About The Coronavirus Outbreak In Pakistan

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Source: Zafar Mirza's Twitter

Coronavirus outbreak in China has reportedly risen to 2,744 cases while the death toll has jumped to 80. Concerns are increasing globally as the virus has already traveled to Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, the United States, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Nepal, France, Canada and Australia.

With a huge flux of Chinese in Pakistan, the country remains at a high risk of being affected by the deadly coronavirus.

And ever since there have been reports that suggest “four suspected” cases in the country, Pakistan is on high alert.

Bolo Jawan also received a medical receipt from a reliable government source confirming that a Chinese national with symptoms similar to coronavirus had received treatment at Services Hospital, Lahore.

At the official front, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health, Dr. Zafar Mirza has denied the presence of any patients with coronavirus on Pakistani soil.

He took to Twitter and said that “a part of media is incorrectly reporting about diagnosis of a first case of novel coronavirus in Pakistan.”

He further clarified that a Chinese citizen with symptoms similar to the deadly virus has been kept in quarantine at Nishtar Hospital, Multan and is improving after medication.

While talking about the Pakistani students residing in China, Mr. Zafar said that no case of coronavirus has been reported among them.

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He further encouraged the Pakistani students in China to register with the Pakistan Embassy in case they hadn’t already. He reassured that the government is “closely monitoring the situation.”

Earlier, the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination established emergency rooms for mandatory health screening of all flights coming from China.

Even though there hasn’t been any confirmed cases in Pakistan, it still remains at a huge risk because almost 5 million people left the Wuhan city before it was put under lock-down.

Also, the incubation period of the coronavirus remains unknown. Some sources say it could be between 10 to 14 days, which makes it hard to diagnose the disease at an early stage.